Wild Geese left Grin­ning at top

Surrey Herald/News - - SPORT -

WILD GEESE ham­mered home their ad­van­tage at the top of the ta­ble as East Grin­stead slipped to fourth fol­low­ing this top-two clash. The first half started well for the vis­i­tors who forced a penalty on the four-minute mark and took full ad­van­tage by slot­ting their op­por­tu­nity. When the game restarted the half turned into a bat­tle of the de­fences, although Geese were the team look­ing to put phases to­gether even though they were snubbed out each time. Both teams forced penal­ties dur­ing the half, none of which were taken so a dour first 40 min­utes ended 3-0 to the vis­i­tors. That all changed in the sec­ond half even though East Grin­stead kicked them­selves into a six-point lead early on. Geese pres­sure fi­nally paid off when Seb Rod­well broke the East Grin­stead line and went over for the first try of the af­ter­noon, giv­ing Ben Kitchen the op­por­tu­nity to add the ex­tras. This was fol­lowed just four min­utes later when Frazer Carlisle went over for the team’s sec­ond, al­low­ing Kitchen the op­por­tu­nity to once again dis­sect the up­rights. Look­ing to ex­tend their lead, the hosts started to up their phase play, with the pack al­low­ing the backs more and more of the ball. This pres­sure paid div­i­dends when Andy Evans went over the line with nine min­utes re­main­ing for another try, which Kitchen once again con­verted. As the game wound down Geese went hunt­ing the bonus-point try but East Grin­stead were in no mood to be breached again as their stead­ied them­selves for the fi­nal for­ays. Wild Geese man­ager Adrian Mul­leady said: “This was an in­ter­est­ing and evenly matched game. I was happy to see us take greater con­trol in the sec­ond half and over­all it was a good day at the of­fice. “But we take no com­fort in our league po­si­tion at the mo­ment as we have half a sea­son to play.”

Terry Hab­good

Fish­ing Rod: Seb Rod­well searches out the try line.

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