Tuesday, 01 December 2020

Visitors drift to defeat

ABBEY plummeted to defeat at Drifters, conceding seven tries and 45 points for the second consecutive Saturday and failing to

ABBEY plummeted to defeat at Drifters, conceding seven tries and 45 points for the second consecutive Saturday and failing to score themselves for the third game in a row.

The opening try came in the seventh minute when winger Rob Wills crossed wide on the left after Abbey ran out of defenders. Outside half Matt Brown missed the conversion, after which Abbey centre Ollie Walton was wide with what proved to be his side’s only attempted kick at goal. Brown missed a straightforward penalty for Drifters, but he did well to convert his side’s next try, scored by centre Rory Hannigan after a good bout of passing.

Abbey then enjoyed a few minutes of territorial advantage and possession. Flanker Fungai Mutepfa tackled well, and a clever diagonal kick from Anfield took play into the home 22. Jack Brown again looked a threat with the ball in his hands, while Chris Shaw stole an opposition line-out throw.

Abbey’s revival was short-lived as centre George Kempster soon found an easy route to the line in the 25th minute, touching down under the sticks to give Brown a simple conversion kick.

Ten minutes into the second half Matt Brown scored his side’s bonus point try and added the conversion.

Hallett then returned to the field, replacing Shaw, while Wright came on for Anfield.

A good run from Gingell and break from defence by Jack Brown raised hopes of a consolation try before a break from Wright saw Walton hack the ball downfield, only to lose the race as it crossed the try line.

Following a scrum Gary McElligott claimed a pushover try which Matt Brown converted. Drifters scored their sixth try when prop Carl Corcoran barged over from a maul. Matt Brown’s conversion was wide of the mark.

Just before the end of the game the two hookers, Abbey’s Mark Toland and his opposite number Simon Heeks were yellow carded, and then, in the last play of the match, Wills completed a miserable afternoon for Abbey by crossing for his second try. Matt Brown’s conversion from near touch made the final score 45-0.

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