In miserable conditions Cobham ground out a 6th win on the trot away to bottom side Maidstone.
Cobham had a number of changes to the team due to injury & unavailability but welcomed back regular campaigners Max & James MacDonald at wing & Centre. James Captain for the day with the enforced absence of Club/1st XV Captain Adrian Van Der Ploeg. Craig Bonnar made his 2nd start of season at fullback with James Clements not available. Versatile Jake McQuade returned from uni to play No 8 with Rodman doing another shift in the 2nd row with Goddard. Ben Joyce got a start in the front row to rotate with regular Loose head Josh Brown.
In tricky conditions Cobham were finding it tough against a side that are fighting for every point at the bottom of the table. Maidstone were leading 14-10 at halftime thanks to 2 converted tries. With regular goal kicker Farrelly unavailable, Luke Flower was handed the kicking duties but finding it tough in the conditions & Cobham's first half tries 2 by Max Macdonald went unconverted.
Half Time 14-10
In the 2nd half, Maidstone got the next unconverted score,leading 19-10.
But Cobham came back again with a try from Doug Rodman to get Cobham within a score.
19-15 to Maidstone.
With Cobham chasing the game, the bench was used to freshen the team up and make an impact, with Josh Brown coming on to do just that and get the winning score.
19-20 to Cobham
Cobham are slowly building a winning habit & finding ways to win home and away which will put them in good stead for the remaining fixtures. With some crucial opposition fixtures also going in favour of Cobham ensuring their continued winning run, they now find themselves in 5th place which is great reward for the hard work going on off and on the pitch.
After the match DOR Steve Pope said...
"Very tough conditions to play in and both sides did try to play. I felt on reflection we deserved the win close as it was... Our mistakes kept them in the game.
Really pleased with the guts and work put in today to get the points...with a number of players missing those stepping in are pushing hard to keep there positions.
Against a Maidstone side we know are working hard for much needed win... I'm sure there not far away from what they need to stay up.
We wish them the best of luck and we will be watching with interest as the fixture over the next few weeks will play a big part in where we are able to put ourselves in the table.
Colfs put in another good performance today I saw and will be a big test for us next week."
As we are focused on a top five finish we all have a lot of rugby remaining.
We have now used 53 players this season already in the first XV and I'm encouraged by this that our player pool is slowly strengthening."
1st XV Squad
1 Ben Joyce
2 Andrew Murphy
3 Sam Matcham
4 Doug Rodman
5 Joe Goddard
6 Nathan Spratt
7 Olly Fox
8 Jake McQuade
9 Christian Disley-May
10 Luke Flower
11 Max MacDonald
12 George Tunnacliffe
13 James MacDonald (Captain)
14 Miles Fletcher
15 Craig Bonnar
16 Josh Brown
17 Sam Cordery
18 Jonny Holmes
No 11 Max Macdonald x 2 Tries
No 4 Doug Rodman x 1 Try
No 16 Josh Brown x 1 Try