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Cobham 22 Guildford 5

Report: Saturday January 17th 2015, London South 1

Cobham played hosts to our visitors from Guildford for this London 1 League match on Saturday, January 17th, following the excellent win at Dover last week. Cobham were looking to build on the confidence gained from this important away win against determined and obstinate opponents.   

This game was of massive importance to both sides for very different reasons. Guildford were joint second on points with Chobham whilst Cobham, despite recent good wins, were not out of relegation danger. A win for Guildford would put them in a strong position at the top of this league whilst a win for Cobham had the potential for breathing space at the other end of the league. As a bench mark both teams have had recent wins against Dover.

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Cobham kicked off on a firm pitch on this cold Saturday afternoon in sunshine. They started brightly and with great determination forced play into the Guildford half. A series of good aggressive attacking moves by this motivated side drew the inevitable penalty which was converted by the impressive Sam Watkinson at fly half after 7 minutes. Cobham 3 Guildford 0

This early score brought a positive response from the Guildford side that began to show the style of play that has taken them to the top of this league. Their threequarters are positive, elusive runners that make good use of the possession gained by their forwards. At this early stage they were met by a stern determined Cobham defence which has immeasurably improved over the last two months. Eventually after a number of phases in the Cobham 22 the Guildford right wing touched down in the corner after 15 minutes. The conversion was not successful. Cobham 3 Guildford 5

The next period of play showed both sides at their defensive best. Attacks were mounted from both sides of the pitch only to be thwarted by equally determined defences by both sets of forwards and backs.  For Cobham this was the culmination of the work put in by the coaching staff and the squad of players over the first half of this season. After 25 minutes an attacking line out was won by Joe McVey allowing play to move swiftly along the  threequarter line resulting in centre Charlie Hampton to score close to touch. The conversion was not successful. Cobham 8 Guildford 5

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Shortly after this score Doug Rodman was yellow carded at a ruck thus giving a man advantage to Guildford however this brought out the best from the whole Cobham side. Guildford attacks were incessant and forceful but Cobham’s defence was equal to all these attacks and responded with determined, skilful and decisive play taking the play into the Guildford half thus negating any chance of a Guildford score whilst a man down. One such break out from defence saw hooker Rory Lorimer break several tackles on an elusive run deep into the Guildford half only to be halted a few metres short of the Guildford try line. Sadly this was Rory’s last match with Cobham this season before he heads off travelling and  he will be sorely missed.

A few minutes later the whistle sounded for half time. With little in the scores the honours of this half must go to Cobham who showed great skill and determination both in their attacks and defence from all members of this spirited squad. Cobham 8 Guildford 5.

Cobham started the second half with great purpose and pressure on the Guildford defence. Guildford knew at this early stage that they were in for a stern contest which belied the league position of their host. Cobham showed no respect for the league position of their opponents. This style of play brought its just reward after only 5 minutes of the second half. A superb break from the halfway by Sam Watkinson resulted in a penalty award to Cobham in a kickable position. The penalty was kicked to the corner, the lineout was won and a positive drive from the forwards saw Ben Joyce score halfway out. The conversion by Sam Watkinson was successful. Cobham 15 Guildford 5

This was now ‘game on’, Cobham had the ascendancy over this talented Guildford side who  attacked from all the sides of the field but were unable to breach a confident unwavering Cobham defence. With both sets of backs continually running at tight defences the match was played mainly between the 22 metre lines. For Cobham the effort showed by the Cobham forwards in gaining hard won possession did not waiver for the rest of this match. All the threequarters ably marshalled by Sam Watkinson used this possession magnificently to constantly threaten the Guildford defence on many occasions. These skills were instrumental in the next and decisive score.

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From a line out on the Guildford 5 metre line the ball was moved skilfully and quickly to James McDonald on the wing who beat two defenders to score near to the touch line. This was a superb try from this excellent winger who always uses good possession to the full, but made possible by the positive play of the whole threequarters not only in this try but in the whole match. Sam Watkinson converted this try with an excellent kick. Cobham 22 Guildford 5

To their credit Guildford replied with a number of ferocious attacks but were met by a confident and resilient defence form all members of this match day squad. The pattern of play was repeated with Cobham confidently dealing with many Guildford attacks and were able to severely test the Guildford defence on many occasions but the fourth and ‘bonus winning’ try was not forthcoming. There were to be no more scores and the final whistle blew heralding a thoroughly deserved win against a good Guildford side.

Final score Cobham 22 Guildford 5.

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With no game next week Cobham can face Wimbledon, the league leaders, in two weeks time with great confidence gained from this superb win. A big crowd is expected from the many members at Cobham on the occasion of the ex players lunch.                                       

 Squad

1.Ben Joyce

2.Rory Lorimer

3. Luke Charlton

4. Joe Goddard

5. Joe McVey

6. Doug Rodman

7. Rob Fleming

8. Alex Stout

9. Harry Mobbs

10.Sam Watkinson

11. Patrick Williams

12. Aaron Cowell

13. Charlie Hampton

14. James McDonald

15. Jean Louis Gravier

Subs

Tom Gwynne

Dave Baker

Kyle Ross

 

  • Photos @ Chris Brown
  • Report @ Dick Blackman