The Wild Geese illustrated to all and sundry why they are league-leaders in National Three with a convincing 20-7 win over 3rd placed East Grinstead at their ground on Saturday past. Importantly, this now effectively makes the league a two-horse race, with Tonbridge Juddians remaining 9 points behind, after their narrow home win.
[quote_right]Come and support the Geese Tour at their Golf Day[/quote_right]
The game versus East Grinstead was a true top-of-the-table clash. The Wild Geese started with a bang, scoring inside 3 minutes of the kick-off; Ben Kitching placed a clever kick behind the defence for George Owen to catch and score. East Grinstead responded but could not breach the Wild Geese defence; instead it was the Wild Geese who scored next, their spell of pressure resulting in a touch-down from Jerry Cronin, 17 minutes later, from a maul. Ollie Turner converted the latter try to give the Wild Geese a 12-0 lead. On the half-hour mark, East Grinstead at last got some reward for their efforts when they reduced the deficit with a converted try.
[blockquote]Report from John S Hunter and images © Nick Moore[/blockquote]
The second half was most notable for the lack of an East Grinstead score of any kind, which in itself is a tribute to the quality and determination of the Wild Geese defence. In attack, with Pete Hodgkinson’s intelligent play at out-half, the Wild Geese were always putting pressure on the home side and kept their supporters relatively quiet. Turner kicked a penalty goal after 18 minutes and Owen (who else?!) completed the scoring 10 minutes later.
This was a performance out of the top drawer from the Wild Geese and against strong opposition. It will increase the confidence and expectations of the Wild Geese who have 5 seemingly challenging games to close out the season but, after this result, who faces the greater challenge – the Wild Geese or their remaining opponents?!
London Irish Wild Geese: Jerry Cronin, Matthew Cornish, Eddie Fraher; Michael Jones, Andy Evans; Brent Jones, Scott Moore (Capt.), Darren Livett; Tom Barker, Pete Hodgkinson; George Owen, Seb Rodwell, Ben Kitching, Tom Richards; Ollie Turner. Replacements: Charlie Connor, Liam Martin, Gavin Dunn.od.
[quote_left]Simon Martinson had this to say on the LIARFC Facebook page:[/quote_left]
“So proud today of an absolute quality performance in both attack and defence by The Geese against [the] East Grinstead side, You showed what it is to play for the badge on your chests. Shows that pride means more than money, Huge credit also to Trevor and Kevin along with the Wanderers for getting players to put the pressure on Geese players to put in this sort of performance. Few more to go boys keep it up!!”