Wanderers concede game to Cranbrook despite playing with passion

Lewis Downer touches down for his try

By Carmen Glover


The weather conditions for this match were not conducive to good running rugby that was on display by Thanet last week.

Cranbrook took the lead with a converted try after seven minutes by taking advantage of some loose play by Thanet. The response from Thanet was immediate via a kick with Danny Clement scoring. An interception by Lewis Downer in Thanet’s half gave Wanderers the lead as he ran in a try under the posts.

A definite lack of consistency and ball retention allowed Cranbrook back into the game to retake the lead just before half time. Fortunately, despite the number of penalties given away by Thanet in the closing minutes of the half their defence held on and Cranbrook were unable to take further advantage of their field position.

Louis Marshall speeds away

The start of the second half boded well for Thanet taking a one point lead with an early penalty, after this Cranbrook took control of the game with some positive play and impetus.

Wanderers were not helped by a continued lack of discipline allowing the home side to retain possession and the upper hand. Just after the hour Cranbrook scored with a converted try taking them out to a 19-15 lead.

Wanderers cause was then not helped by Riddell- Broomfield receiving a yellow card. Taking advantage of the extra man Cranbrook scored the bonus point winning try. Although also receiving a yellow card, close to the final whistle, the hosts were able to hold out for the win.

Although Wanderers were off form for this game after the display from last week’s game. They certainly played with the passion expected of them but were unable to convert this into points on the board.

Next week Wanderers travel to Dover for another Local Derby. Kick Off will be at 3PM and all support is very welcome


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