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Dartfordians Rugby Club edge Kent Salver final against Cranbrook

Dartfordians get to grips with Cranbrook in the Kent Plate final
Dartfordians get to grips with Cranbrook in the Kent Plate final

Dartfordians get to grips with Cranbrook in the Kent Salver final

A TRY from Paul Gills in the dying minutes handed Dartfordians a 26-25 win in their Kent Salver final against Cranbrook on Sunday.

Darts went into the game at Aylesford in good form after crushing Bexley 60-0 in the semis but they were pushed all the way in the final.

Darts scored first when Chris Lovell kicked a penalty but Cranbrook hit back with a converted try.

Dartfordians responded when Liam Bowmer crossed the line after a
50-yard sprint. Jon Roots’ try increased their lead to 13-7 and further pressure saw Tom Hoey kick to give Darts a 16-7 half-time lead.

Cranbrook closed the gap after the break with a converted try and took the lead soon after with a penalty.

Lovell scored a try out wide to hand Darts the initiative again at 21-17 only for a try and a three-pointer from Cranbrook to put them back in front at 25-21.

The tie was settled when a driving maul forced Cranbrook to within five metres of the try line and from there Darts scored the decisive try.

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