Recording a match report with virtually a point a minute ( the two missed conversions would have got the score to the 80's ) is tricky enough but if you throw in icy rain, wet paper and a dodgy pen it practically becomes impossible.
By the end of the game Cobham had extended their run of consecutive wins to seven and are just seven points shy of 4th placed Chichester but how they achieved it, well that's a story to behold.
There were a few changes to the Cobham squad as a result of injuries & unavailability. Captain Adrian Van Der Ploeg was still out recovering from a knock, so James MacDonald retained the arm band for the first time at home.
However the line up still included a VDP, as Adrian’s younger brother Wes, made his third appearance of the season on his birthday. Richard Smith Bernal made his home debut in the back row, winning his second cap and at the other end of the range, Joe Goddard recorded his 95th.
Having lost to Old Colfeians at home, when they were bottom of the league, that win had kick-started their season and DOR Steve Pope was not taking anything for granted. Cobham started confidently and had secured first points when an inside pass to hooker Theo Buffini put him in and Farrelly converted. Three minutes and Cobham 7-0 up.
With the rain churning up the pitch, this was never going to be an easy penalty or conversion afternoon but when Cobham gave away a penalty close to halfway Colfe's fly half Jack Potter stepped up and easily slotted over 7-3.
OC looked stronger up front in the early scrums and were quick to the breakdown achieving some early turnovers but it was Cobham who got the next score when Tom Farrelly restored the seven point lead with his well taken penalty 10-3.
Despite the score line the visitors were defying their league position and a great kick to the corner flag secured a knock on from Cobham Colfe scrum and Andy O'Malley gained the important score Potter converting to 10-10. With penalties exchanged the half time score was 13-13.
Both side's supporters would have considered that a fair reflection of the play but Cobham will have been disappointed given their recent form.
There was however nothing disappointing about Cobham's performance in the first thirty minutes after the break as first Bernal Smith and then Jake McQuade carved through the defence to set up Max MacDonald in the corner Farrelly converting 20-13 That was swiftly followed by McQuade again setting up Bernal Smith 25-13 Farrelly maintaining consistency to make it 27-13 and when Max Macdonald collected his second bonus point try Farrelly converting the score increased to 34-13.
OC had been rocked back and as is frequently the case when a side looks to move the ball in order to respond they are open to the interception which back row Ali Porter deftly exploited 39-13.
The incessant rain was now creating pitch problems and slowing the play down so Cobham's next score owed more to footballing skills as Josh Brown kicked a loose ball ahead for substitute prop Ben Joyce to sprint ahead to score under the posts. ( This may be the only time you see the words Joyce and sprint in the same sentence). Farrelly converted and Cobham had secured the highest points score of the season 46-13.
It was perhaps inevitable that having run in five tries in the second half Cobham would take their foot off the pedal and literally their eye off the ball because OC reflecting on their own disappointment responded in a similar vein running in three tries in the final ten minutes the final score line therefore reading 46-30.
McQuade was outstanding all afternoon as was Goddard, the tackle of the afternoon going to Sam Matcham but aside from the final ten minutes the whole Cobham squad will have been delighted as to how they raised their game.
Special mention should also be made to Cameron Allenby, a Mini player with the Under 12s, who assisted with water bottle and kicking tee duties on an afternoon where the weather conditions tested everyone. Great to see the bonding between minis and senior players. Thanks Cameron
Director of rugby Steve Pope said ' Boys again responded to the challenge today ... this Colfs side did not look for one second during the match today a struggling lower half of the table team.
1 Josh Brown
2 Theo Buffini
3 Sam Matcham
4 Doug Rodman
5 Joe Goddard
6 Richard Smith Bernal
7 Ali Porter
8 Jake McQuade
9 Christian Disley-May
10 Luke Flower
11 James Macdonald (C)
12 George Tunnacliffe
13 Tom Farrelly
14 Max Macdonald
15 Craig Bonnar
16 Ben Joyce (FR)
17 Wesley Van de Ploeg
18 James Clements