Vigo Rugby Club promoted to London leagues
Vigo celebrate their promotion to the London
Vigo are celebrating winning promotion to the London
leagues for the first time in their history.
The Meopham side will play in London 3 South East next season
after a nervy 10-7 victory in their play-off with Burgess Hill on
Vigo, who qualified for the play-off after finishing runners-up
in Kent 1, edged home in terrible conditions thanks to a try by
Jamie Caton and a penalty and a conversion by Dave Winstone.
Director of rugby Andy Carslaw said: "It was tense, to put it
mildly. The weather didn’t help but we scraped home in the end.
"We created two or three good chances but we didn’t take them
and towards the end Burgess Hill were camped near our line but we
managed to hang on."
Carslaw, who is also the village club’s groundsman, added: "In
2000 the club were two weeks away from folding and we’ve come a
long way since then. When you look at some of the teams we are
going to play next season, like Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells, it’s
Carslaw said much of the credit for the success was due to
Vigo’s joint coaches, Mark Robinson and Elliot Blackmore, who took
over from him at the end of last season.
He said: "They have brought a real professional ethic to the
club which the players have bought into."
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