Gravesend Rugby Club suffer last-gasp defeat
Gravesend's final home game of the National 3 London & South
East season ended in disappointment after a last-gasp 24-23 defeat
Despite 100 diners in attendance for Vice President's Day, Gs
failed to rise to the occasion - unlike their lower-placed
opponents who made the most of some inept defending.
A lack of cover allowed Bracknell to cross for their first
points, and, although Dave Dorton (pictured) replied with a
penalty, the away side broke through again for a second unconverted
Ziggy Stevens took play to near the line before passing to Tom
Goss, who crossed for Gravesend's first score, and Dorton added the
extras to level the game at 10-10.
Hopes of a home win were boosted when Ziggy Stevens forced his
way through for Gravesend's second try, but the visitors added a
late first-half score when presented with an open way to the line
in added time. They kicked the extras to lead by two points.
Bracknell, down to 14 men at the start of the second half,
managed to restrict Gs to a single Sox Stevens try, although Dorton
was successful from one of three penalties to move the score on to
And as the clock ticked past the 80-minute mark, Gravesend were
almost home and dry, but a quickly-taken Bracknell penalty led to
the hosts giving away yet another soft try. Bracknell then held
their nerve to kick the winning points.
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