Wild Geese left Grinning at top
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.”
Fishing Rod: Seb Rodwell searches out the try line.