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Winning Start for 1sts

Victory over Andover...

London Division 3 South West
Cobham 44 Andover 12
8 September 2007

Cobham prove to be too strong for Andover with excellent team performance

Cobham started the 2007/8 league season in London Division 3 with an impressive win against the visitors.

Having been promoted last season after winning every game in the lower league, which was a phenonenal performance, Cobham expected to encounter tougher sides in Division 3 but were quickly into their stride early on, scoring two tries and two penalties in the first half to establish an excellent foundation for the result.

Billy Davison continues as captain and player/coach this season and in this match led from the from front with a phenomenal performance which inspired the team's excellent performance. The Cobham team against Andover comprised many of the players that were highly successful last season but a couple of new players J P O'Riley and David MacCallum were in the side, both scoring tries and demonstrating their skill.

Cobham continued with the form of last season and in the second half added four more tries as the result of some well executed play to put the result beyond doubt. Andover were a good side, scoring two tries overall, one just before half time, and then a second near the end of the match, and only good defence at times from Cobham managed to preserve their lead. Overall this was a good start to the season by Cobham, and based on the performance of the first match there is every opportunity of another good season

At the start of the match Cobham were quickly into their stride, and Andover were soon penalised at a scrum just inside their half, fly-half Dave MacCallum scoring an excellent penalty to give Cobham the early lead. Alton responded with an attack but good Cobham defence kept them out, allowing Cobham to respond with vigour forcing another penalty. Spencer Franks made a good touch find to the corner and Cobham won the lineout, with the forwards making a strong drive to the line and prop Will Mealin scored Cobham's first try.

Andover were keen to respond and attacked well, making good ground into the Cobham 22 but good defence, first by Jack Davison and then James Green removed the Andover pressure. Dave MacCallum scored a second penalty and Cobham kept up the pressure, forcing Andover to infringe and from the penalty Cobham had a lineout 10 metres from the Andover line. Billy Davison made an excellent lineout catch and the pack drove forward, Matt Malachi scoring Cobham's second try.

But Andover were still playing well and after winning their scrum got the ball to midfield where centre Sam Froggat made a break at pace in midfield outsprinting the Cobham defence to score a good try just before half time to reduce the Cobham lead to 16-5.

After the interval the game was very even with both sides trying hard to score, but despite some good moves both defences were solid. Andover became more confident and kept up a series of attacks but Cobham proved their exceptional skills when Dave MacCallum intercepted a pass between the Andover half backs just behind a scrum on the half way line, and sprinted in for a try under the posts, also scoring the conversion.

The pace of the Cobham threequarters now took control of the game, Richie Blackmore sprinting out of defence to advance play by over 50 metres and full back J P O'Reilly finished the move with style to score an excellent try. Andover attacked well and made good ground into the Cobham 22 with a good opportunity to score but the final pass was intercepted by Richie Blackmore and the speedy Cobham winger sprinted a full 60 metres to score under the posts. With only a few minutes left to go, Andover demonstrated their talent with a try from a scrum drive over the Cobham line tomake the score 37-12, but Cobham responded well and scored the final try of the match, J P O'Reilly finishing off a very good Cobham attack where most of the side were in good support.

Cobham: J P O'Reilly, K Jarvis, M Green, S Burton, R Blackmore; D MacCallum, S Franks; T Lee, M Malachi, W Mealin, B Davison, M Hahn, S Mills, J Green, J Davison

Report by Tony Maddocks