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Old Alleynians
A Conway, H Dewing
H Dewing
H Dewing (2)
Sat 25 Nov 14:30 - London & SE Division - London 2 South East Full time

OA's Let Their Lead Slip


By Richard Garrett

It was a chilly but clear November’s Saturday, it had been a few weeks between fixtures and the autumnal warmth the OA’s enjoyed away at Pulborough was markedly absent on this particular afternoon. The winds carried a frosty bite left from the night before.

No better setting for what the OA’s faithful knew was sure to be a heated match against local rivals, Beckenham. A side that many of us know all too well, in possession of some athletic backs and chunky forwards they have been a constant sticking point for our club. Safe to say the OA’s were up for it, at the starting whistle, decked out in boxfresh white away strip, the lads were reminiscent of greyhounds in the slips, straining upon the start. The opening minutes were physical but cagey, a Beckenham pen for a breakdown infringement allowed Henry Dewing to send the ball deep into Beckenham turf, a well executed line out and strong phase play resulted in another ping for not releasing in front of the Beckenham posts, which was dealt with cleanly by Henry Dewing, 3-0. An aerial battle then followed, which resulted in another fine line out for OA’s bearing down on the Beckenham end zone, the ball was shipped through hands onto Andy ‘Snakehips’ Conway, who snuck past the Beckenham backline and under the posts, with Dewing looking after the formalities, 10-0, excellent.

Beckenham restarted well but the OA’s dug out a great exit through the boot of Jake Smith, a few phases later and another Beckenham penalty allow Henry to add further 3 to his tally. After another five minutes of intense play Beckenham found themselves in a good position, some lapse defending allowed their spud-like #3 to get points on the board, 13-7.

After another few minutes Beckenham found themselves nearing our line, buoyed by a few questionable pens, their 15 managed to sneak past again, converted to put the home side a whisker in front just after the 30 minute mark. The rest of the first half was a set piece battle, with the OA’s maintaining a narrow edge yet failing to add points. We went into the break with the game very much in the balance, yet disappointed to have squandered the early advantage.

The second half began much as the first had ended, penalty count rising on both sides and a lot of set piece play. A contact lens gone walkabout was wreaking havoc with Josh Wachman’s depth perception, leading to an unfortunate trio of knock-ons, stifling the flow of the game. Yet more penalties for not releasing allowed Beckenham over the line again after some well worked offloads. This typified the second half, with consistent infringements making a tough job even harder for the OA’s, culminating in a yellow card for Harry Rix. Beckenham gradually began to turn the screw, even though Henry Dewing managed to scratch back another try with a clever interception, it was not enough. As the game drew to a close, the home side ran over another couple to close the game off, final score 31-18 to Beckenham.

In a game of very fine margins, it came down to passing accuracy, discipline and physicality. Things for the OA’s to target ahead of a big game at home against Dartfordians in early December.

Key moments

Penalty Henry Dewing kicks a penalty for Old Alleynians
Try Andy Conway scores for Old Alleynians
Conversion Henry Dewing kicks a conversion for Old Alleynians
Penalty Henry Dewing kicks a penalty for Old Alleynians
Try Henry Dewing scores for Old Alleynians


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69:00 Yellow Card
Harry Rix is yellow carded for Old Alleynians
58:00 Try 0 - 18
Henry Dewing scores for Old Alleynians
End of period 1
13:00 Penalty 0 - 13
Henry Dewing kicks a penalty for Old Alleynians
8:30 Conversion 0 - 10
Henry Dewing kicks a conversion for Old Alleynians
8:00 Try 0 - 8
Andy Conway scores for Old Alleynians
5:00 Penalty 0 - 3
Henry Dewing kicks a penalty for Old Alleynians
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Beckenham
  • Old Alleynians
  • 0
  • Henry Dewing Penalty 5:00'
  • Andy Conway Try 8:00'
  • Henry Dewing Conversion 8:30'
  • Henry Dewing Penalty 13:00'
  • Henry Dewing Try 58:00'
  • Harry Rix Yellow Card 69:00'

Team selection

Smith , Jake Smith , Jake
Beasley, Will Beasley, Will
Conway, Andy Conway, Andy
McNeil, Cameron McNeil, Cameron
Stevens, Joe Stevens, Joe
Dewing, Henry Dewing, Henry
Malivore, Jon Malivore, Jon
Mair, James Mair, James
Wachman, Josh Wachman, Josh
Rix, Harry Rix, Harry
Stuff, Patrick Stuff, Patrick
Pickett, Tom Pickett, Tom
Saunders, Cameron Saunders, Cameron
Dibble, Phil Dibble, Phil
Garrett, Richard Garrett, Richard

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
6. Dover 21 60
7. Beckenham 21 56
8. Old Alleynians 22 50
9. Deal & Betteshanger 22 40
10. Heathfield & Waldron 22 40
11. Pulborough 20 17
12. Barking 21 1


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