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Esher
Darlington Mowden Park
B Loader, B Harding, T James, T James, B Loader
Full time
G Connon, B Asher-Wood, J Craggs
P Roberts, P Roberts, P Roberts, P Roberts
B Connon (2)
Sat 4 Nov 15:00 - RFU National - National 1

Late Try Sees Mowden Return With 2 Points From Trip To Molesey Road

A second half comeback saw DMP salvage 2 losing bonus points against Esher

A poor first half from Mowden was littered with unforced errors and penalties which resulted in Mowden leaving themselves with too much work to do. Esher's winger opened the scoring after only 4 minutes, 7-0. Mowden managed to string multiple phases together, without giving away a penalty which eventually led to an excellent line from Grant Connon to score under the posts, converted by brother Brett Connon, 7-7. Not too long after Esher kicked to the corner, from another Mowden penalty, where their hooker scored from a catch and drive taking the score to 12-7. Another try for the home side as their winger went over in the corner, 19-7. Further infringements led to a sin binning in the 33rd minute for late tackle by Mowden's second-rower, Dan Preston-Routledge. 2 minutes before half-time Esher scored their 4th try ensuring at least 1 bonus point and taking the score to 26-7 at the break.

Mowden got the first points of the scored half after a well worked scrum move led to a break and support from Brandon Asher-Wood to dot down after 51 minutes, 26-12. However, a well defended period by Mowden in their own 22 could only lead to a counter attack from Esher and another score, 33-12. Fresh legs on for the travelling team provided the tempo Mowden needed. A sustained period of pressure was applied for the first time during the game to a comfortable home team. Scrum dominance for Mowden, on Esher's 5 meter line led to 3 scrum penalties and eventually the penalty try was awarded, 33-19. With Mowden's tails up, a final score came from Mowden's Joe Craggs, who bagged his first try of the season from short range after multiple phases, with the conversion added by Brett Connon, brought the score to 33-26. The fourth try and conversion meant Mowden were within 7 points which gave the away side 2 losing bonus points.

Mowden were definitely not at their best at the weekend and the men's side will be desperate to put things right this coming Saturday back at the Arena. They take on Rosslyn Park in a 2pm KO which is aligned with our very own forces day.

Grant Connon

Player of the Match

Grant Connon

Key moments

5:00
Try Ben Loader scores for Esher
5:30
Conversion Paul Roberts kicks a conversion for Esher
9:00
Try Grant Connon scores for Darlington Mowden Park
9:30
Conversion Brett Connon kicks a conversion for Darlington Mowden Park
12:00
Try Billy Harding scores for Esher
27:00
Try Tom James scores for Esher
27:30
Conversion Paul Roberts kicks a conversion for Esher
34:00
Try Tom James scores for Esher
34:30
Conversion Paul Roberts kicks a conversion for Esher
51:00
Try Brandon Asher-Wood scores for Darlington Mowden Park
56:00
Try Ben Loader scores for Esher
56:30
Conversion Paul Roberts kicks a conversion for Esher
76:00
Try Joe Craggs scores for Darlington Mowden Park
76:30
Conversion Brett Connon kicks a conversion for Darlington Mowden Park

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Grant Connon is awarded player of the match for Darlington Mowden Park
76:30 Conversion 33 - 24
Brett Connon kicks a conversion for Darlington Mowden Park
76:00 Try 33 - 22
Joe Craggs scores for Darlington Mowden Park
67:00 Penalty Try
Penalty try awarded to Darlington Mowden Park
56:30 Conversion 33 - 12
Paul Roberts kicks a conversion for Esher
56:00 Try 31 - 12
Ben Loader scores for Esher
51:00 Try 26 - 12
Brandon Asher-Wood scores for Darlington Mowden Park
End of period 1
34:30 Conversion 26 - 7
Paul Roberts kicks a conversion for Esher
34:00 Try 24 - 7
Tom James scores for Esher
27:30 Conversion 19 - 7
Paul Roberts kicks a conversion for Esher
27:00 Try 17 - 7
Tom James scores for Esher
12:00 Try 12 - 7
Billy Harding scores for Esher
9:30 Conversion 7 - 7
Brett Connon kicks a conversion for Darlington Mowden Park
9:00 Try 7 - 5
Grant Connon scores for Darlington Mowden Park
5:30 Conversion 7 - 0
Paul Roberts kicks a conversion for Esher
5:00 Try 5 - 0
Ben Loader scores for Esher
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Esher
  • Darlington Mowden Park
  • 0
  • Ben Loader Try 5:00'
  • Paul Roberts Conversion 5:30'
  • Grant Connon Try 9:00'
  • Brett Connon Conversion 9:30'
  • Billy Harding Try 12:00'
  • Tom James Try 27:00'
  • Paul Roberts Conversion 27:30'
  • Tom James Try 34:00'
  • Paul Roberts Conversion 34:30'
  • Brandon Asher-Wood Try 51:00'
  • Ben Loader Try 56:00'
  • Paul Roberts Conversion 56:30'
  • Penalty Try 67:00'
  • Joe Craggs Try 76:00'
  • Brett Connon Conversion 76:30'

Team selection

Connon, Grant Connon, Grant
McCartney, Shaun McCartney, Shaun
Frankland, Ben Frankland, Ben
Auld, Chris Auld, Chris
Asher-Wood, Brandon Asher-Wood, Brandon
Connon, Brett Connon, Brett
Dudman, Matt Dudman, Matt
Hodgson, Ollie Hodgson, Ollie
Craggs, Joe Craggs, Joe
Fisher, Dave Fisher, Dave
Preston-Routledge, Dan Preston-Routledge, Dan
Vaioleti, Talite Vaioleti, Talite
Appleby, Ralph Appleby, Ralph
Poole, Jordon Poole, Jordon
Barron, Alfie Barron, Alfie
Esher
  • 1. Ben Loader
  • 2. Tom James
  • 3. Billy Harding
  • 4. Paul Roberts
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League round up

Other National 1 results

Ampthill
33
7
Birmingham Moseley
36
10
Coventry
38
14
Old Albanians
15
16
Fylde
Rosslyn Park
26
26
Plymouth Albion

League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Coventry 14 68
2. Darlington Mowden Park 14 55
3. Blackheath 14 49
4. Plymouth Albion 13 47
5. Ampthill 14 46
6. Bishop's Stortford 14 45
7. Old Elthamians 14 38

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