For Moss as run con­tin­ues

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Rugby -

Wim­ble­don were back in the match. A penalty gave them field po­si­tion and close quar­ter driv­ing ended in skip­per Dy­lan Flash­man forc­ing his way over and James Doe adding the con­ver­sion.

Can­ter­bury’s com­po­sure sud­denly van­ished and they were let off the hook when home wing­man Josh Charles dropped a try-scor­ing pass which would have brought Wim­ble­don even closer.

It was a lucky break for the city men but as the game headed to­wards its close, they im­posed them­selves again and scored a classy try.

Flanker Seb Clark stole a Wim­ble­don li­ne­out, the backs did their busi­ness quickly and Ai­den Moss marked his re­turn from in­jury in the best pos­si­ble way by ghost­ing past two de­fend­ers on his way to the line. Can­ter­bury: W.far­ris, H.say­ers (repl A.moss), O.best, D.smart, A.cooper (repl J.green), T.rogers, S.kenny, R.cad­man,, M.corker, S.rogers (repl M,cantwell), S.clark, M.cantwell (repl J.rigby).

Pil­grims’ dom­i­na­tion of the sec­ond half earned them a 48-31 Zoo League vic­tory at Wim­ble­don 2nds with Guy Hil­ton steal­ing the in­di­vid­ual hon­ours with a hat-trick of tries.

They edged the first half by just five points after the lead had changed hands three times but made up for ear­lier er­rors after the break.

After going be­hind to a con­verted try early in the game, scores from El­liot Dea­con, two by Hil­ton and a fourth from Hamish Veitch coun­tered three tries by the home side.

After the break there were still er­rors on both sides but Pil­grims pro­duced the su­pe­rior rugby and eased into a 20-point lead with tries from Will Hil­ton and Stu­art Mered­ith. Wim­ble­don pun­ished a yel­low card for Veitch with an un­con­verted try be­fore Guy Hil­ton raced in for his third and brother Will added his fifth con­ver­sion to an ear­lier penalty goal be­fore Wim­ble­don had the last word with a late con­so­la­tion try.

All five of Can­ter­bury’s men’s se­nior teams won on Saturday and their women com­pleted a clean sweep for the club on Sun­day when they beat Wor­thing 39-28 at The Marine Travel Ground on Sun­day.

Crys­tal Trott led the way, scor­ing a hat-trick of tries, one of which she ran in from 40 yards.

Skip­per Layla Lit­tle was among the other try scor­ers and also kicked sev­eral con­ver­sions.

They now have three wins from three in National Chal­lenge South East East 1 and are next in ac­tion on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 22, away to Streatham-croy­don.

Pic­ture: Phillipa Hil­ton

Dan Smart was sin-binned dur­ing Can­ter­bury’s vic­tory on Saturday

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