Published: 08:57, 23 April 2012 |
Updated: 09:43, 10 January 2014
Gravesend finished their National League 3 London & South East campaign in disappointing style when they were beaten 36-21 at London Irish Amateur on Saturday.
Having narrowly lost the previous week to relegated Bracknell, Gravesend also picked up a number of injuries that forced changes for the last game of the season at Sudbury.
This was compounded after just six minutes - Gary Gray limped off which forced a reshuffle of the back line that brought Dave Dorton up to fly-half, Sam Hall to full-back and Jamie Harris on to the wing.
LIA opened the scoring with an unconverted try in the 18th minute and then scored a further 17 points in the next 10 minutes - two convetrted tries and a penalty giving the hosts a 22-0 advantage.
Gravesend responded before half-time when Jamie Forsyth drove over and Dorton added the extras for a 22-7 scoreline at the interval.
After the break Gravesend pulled back another seven points when Jon Clement went over and Dorton again converted.
On 65 minutes LIA scored a try from a move involving both pack and backs, with the conversion added to stretch their lead to 29-14.
Tempers started to fray and Dave Irvine was shown a red card and a home player a yellow. The sides then traded converted tries, Gravesend's coming from Tony Nolan, to finish off the scoring.
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