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1st Team - Match centre

Grove
Alchester
J Bellinger (4), B Nicholl, D Wells, J Burns, G Nicholl, H Carr
Full time
R Sevier (4)
R Sevier (2)
Sat 2 Feb 14:15 - South West Division - Southern Counties North

Grove (59) vs. Alchester (3)

Grove still on target for promotion following a fine team performance against Alchester.

Grove delivered a very impressive performance to defeat Alchester at Fortress Cane Lane, scoring nine tries in the process. Undoubted star of the show was centre Joe Bellinger who had a storming game running in four individual trys.

The game started in a lively fashion with lock Simon Peel putting in a strong solo run after collecting fly half Dave Maryon's initial kick off. He was almost able to put left wing Guy Nicholl over in the process but the move was stopped just short of Alchester's try line. Thereafter Grove kept the pressure on but Alchester offerred fierce resistance such that after 25 minutes neither side had scored any points. The breakthrough came with a successful penalty kick from full back Roger Sevier and Grove were in front 3 : 0. Shortly after this Alchester levelled when Grove debutante and flanker Dave Wells received a yellow card. The resultant penalty was slotted for 3 : 3. Within minutes however Grove were 6 : 3 up following another Sevier penalty kick. Grove now started to move into the ascendancy and it was Bellinger who started his personal try-fest with a touchdown in the corner for an unconverted try, the score moving to 11 : 3. Next, scrum half Ben Nicholl went over, following a great forwards drive to the Alchester line, and the score moved to 16 : 3. With half time looming Bellinger set off on another terrific run and touched down between the posts which, with Sevier's successful conversion, moved the interval score to 23 : 3.

Grove turned round to have the wind at their backs but the sun in their eyes. Nevertheless it was Bellinger who again went on the rampage scoring his hat trick and Grove's bonus point try for Sevier to once again convert. With the score now standing at 30 : 3 Grove were out of sight and Alchester's heads started to go down. Their cause was not helped when they then lost one of their props to a yellow card. Meanwhile Dave Wells for Grove made up for his sin-binning with a fine try to put Grove 37 : 3 ahead, following Sevier's successful conversion. Grove now started ringing the changes with Huw Lewis coming on for Ben Nicholl at scrum half and Nicholl replacing Matt Young at flank. Martyn Walsh came on for Steve Dixey at hooker. Alchester then received another yellow card and their fate was pretty much sealed. Gareth Hudson now came on for wing Harry Carr just before Bellinger completed his impressive performance with try number four to move the score to 42 : 3. Ben Nicholl then made a terrific break to put centre Jamie Burns over for a lovely try, converted by Sevier, for 49 : 3. Not to be outdone by his older brother Guy Nicholl now stormed up the wing and with a fine solo effort touched down for 54 : 3. Harry Carr returned to replace Sevier but Grove were then hampered by a Dave Maryon yellow card, dished out for a high tackle. Nevertheless Carr then delivered a superb solo run from the back to score Grove's final try, just narrowly missing his own conversion attempt.

This was a very impressive team performance, notwithstanding Bellinger's fine solo haul, and was achieved with at least three first team regulars being unavailable.

Grove team :-

Tim Lane, Steve Dixey, James Eckert (Capt), Paul Miles, Simon Peel, Dave Wells, Matt Young, Carl Alder, Ben Nicholl, Dave Maryon, Jamie Burns, Joe Bellinger, Guy Nicholl, Harry Carr, Roger Sevier.

Replacements:-

Huw Lewis, Martyn Walsh, Gareth Hudson.

Key moments

25:00
Penalty Roger Sevier kicks a penalty for Grove
30:00
Penalty Roger Sevier kicks a penalty for Grove
35:00
Try Joe Bellinger scores for Grove
40:00
Try Ben Nicholl scores for Grove
45:00
Try Joe Bellinger scores for Grove
46:00
Conversion Roger Sevier kicks a conversion for Grove
55:00
Try Joe Bellinger scores for Grove
56:00
Conversion Roger Sevier kicks a conversion for Grove
60:00
Try Dave Wells scores for Grove
61:00
Conversion Roger Sevier kicks a conversion for Grove
70:00
Try Joe Bellinger scores for Grove
75:00
Try Jamie Burns scores for Grove
76:00
Conversion Roger Sevier kicks a conversion for Grove
78:00
Try Guy Nicholl scores for Grove
80:00
Try Harry Carr scores for Grove
Replay game

As it happened

  • Grove
  • Alchester
  • 0
  • Roger Sevier Penalty 25:00'
  • Roger Sevier Penalty 30:00'
  • Joe Bellinger Try 35:00'
  • Ben Nicholl Try 40:00'
  • Joe Bellinger Try 45:00'
  • Roger Sevier Conversion 46:00'
  • Joe Bellinger Try 55:00'
  • Roger Sevier Conversion 56:00'
  • Dave Wells Try 60:00'
  • Roger Sevier Conversion 61:00'
  • Joe Bellinger Try 70:00'
  • Jamie Burns Try 75:00'
  • Roger Sevier Conversion 76:00'
  • Guy Nicholl Try 78:00'
  • Harry Carr Try 80:00'
  • Joe Bellinger Player of the Match 80:00 +1:00'

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1. Buckingham 22 91
2. Grove 22 88
3. Milton Keynes 22 80
4. Reading Abbey 22 74
5. Olney 22 69
6. Aylesbury 22 52
7. Thatcham 22 51

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