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Basingstoke 34 Cobham 12

Report: Saturday September 20th 2014, London South 1

Basingstoke RFC played host to both Cobham sides on Saturday. Several long term injuries had again forced Mike Cudmore’s back line to change whilst the pack began to take a familiar and imposing look. The sided hoped to build on the hard fought win over Sutton & Epsom at home the previous week. Cobham new that Basingstoke would prove stiff opposition at home following there near survival in National league 3 South East last term.

Unfortunately for the young Cobham side the early exchanges went with the home side. Basingstoke opened the scoring through winger Gavin Dampies after a bright and controlled start from Cobham. This shifted the momentum towards the home side, who despite lacking territory and possession, posed an ever present threat from turnover ball. It was this lack of control that allowed Stoke to cross again on 20 mins through Matt Guilfoyle. This gave the home side the platform to control the first half.  Repeated infringements were accurately punished keeping Basingstoke’s lead edging upwards. Before the break Basingstoke again crossed to score following poor ball control in the oppositions half.

 

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Despite periods of pressure and the lion share of the ball, few could argue with the 20-0 half time score. Following the interval Cobham’s growing set piece began to get on top and this provided the platform for the sustained pressure and ball control the team sought. The upper hand was quickly snatched however following poor clearance play allowing stoke to score again. At 27-0 the writing could well have been on the wall.

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Despite this Cobham’s second half revival built and for the remainder of the half, strong periods of controlled and disciplined rugby followed. Mounting pressure enabled joe McVey  to score and Tim Green converted. Cobham had the upper hand and began to show the organised, disciplined and combative side that only glimpses of which had been seen previously. 

 

Sustained pressure and a confident set piece allowed Debutant Rory Lorimer to then cross. At 27-12 Cobham sensed that points might have been on offer. Another score would look to set up exciting final 10 minutes. Basingstoke however had lost none of the cutting edge from broken field. Turnovers again enabled Dampsie to complete his hat trick with a few minutes remaining. Final score Basingtoke 34-12 Cobham.

 

Despite the loss, the ever present Cobham supporters showed a growing sense of anticipation with this developing and youthful side. With Basingstoke expected to prove a stiff challenge for most sides at home, many valuable lessons were learnt. Undoubtedly Mike Cudmore and his coaching staff would be pleased with the dominance and accuracy their pack is beginning to show. 

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There clearly remains a lot to work on for the new look Cobham heading into the key fixtures to come, starting with the visit of Dover to the Fairmile this week.

The Cobham Cobras hailed there most pleasing win of recent years after coming back from three tries down to beat a vastly more experienced and sizeable Basingstoke 2s side. the 21-29 away win included a host of Cobham youth talent and following a bright start to the season, demonstrates the senior sections growing strength in depth.

 

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- all pictures @ Chris Brown / report: Dave SIlver