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Sheppey Rugby Club defeat Gillingham Anchorians 29-10 to win Kent Salver

By Alex Hoad
Sheppey coach Frank Davis
Sheppey coach Frank Davis

Sheppey marked coach Frank Davis’s last match in charge by beating Gillingham Anchorians 29-10 in the final of the Kent Salver on Sunday.

Davis, who is leaving The Ditch after three years as coach, said: "It was nice to bow out by winning a trophy but they boys should take all the credit for Sunday. They played well and fully deserved it.

"But I’m pleased with what I have achieved during my three years at the club and I have made a lot of good friends in the process."

Revenge was sweet for Sheppey against an Anchorians side who had beaten them twice in Kent 1 this season but this time Sheppey’s superior pack decided the issue.

Davis said: "I picked a scrummaging pack and by the second half the Anchs’ old boys just couldn’t keep up with the pace.

"Skipper for the day Jordan Thompson led by example. His tackle count was outstanding and he set the tone for the day, with the side showing the sort of edge in the contact zone that Sheppey teams in the past used to be renowned for. "

Anchs suffered an early blow when they lost skipper Adam Davison with a knee injury and soon after Brad Box put Sheppey 3-0 ahead with a penalty.

Box then produced a strong run to score Sheppey’s first try and added the conversion for a 10-0 lead but Anchorians were playing with plenty of spirit and they reduced the deficit to 10-7 through a converted try by Rob Small.

Sheppey scored another crucial try just before half-time through Dave Marsden, converted by Box, to lead 17-7.

The Island side emphasised their superiority with two more tries after the break by Steve Croall and Tariu Kautai, one converted by Box, to round off a memorable afternoon for Davis and his side, with Anchorians only managing another penalty in reply.

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