Alton Rugby Football Club

Clinical Old Boys Sweep Past Alton

Sat 24 Sep 2011, 15:00

KCS Old Boys

46 - 18

Alton

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KCSOB run in eight tries as Alton are left searching for first league win.

They are improving but it's now three defeats on the bounce for Alton after they were confidently brushed aside by unbeaten KCS Old Boys.

KCS were in dominant form for most of Saturday's encounter, exploiting every square inch of their spacious Motspur Park pitch to outscore their opponents eight tries to two.

It was a convincing performance from the newly-relegated old boys, whose back division and back row had too much pace and firepower for an inexperienced Alton side still struggling to find its feet in London 3.

KCS number eight Alex Humphries was the stand-out in a meaty back-row that is unlikely to come off second best in too many games this season, while centre Nick Burberry and full-back Tom Spencer also scored a brace of tries each.

Alton were again below-strength and somewhat patched-up, although there were phases of the game that suggested they may yet be brighter days ahead.

The scrummage was far more solid and they competed fiercely at the breakdown, where number eight Rob Good, in particular, put in a conspicuously dynamic performance. They fashioned a couple of decent tries and put together plenty of meaningful phases. On the negative side, the first-up tackling was occasionally frail, they were often disjointed in defence and uncertain going forward.

This is hardly a surprise as Alton have now used three different back-row, half-back and back-three combinations in each of their games and have been forced to improvise in key positions. Changes have been forced by necessity - continuity on the field is being hindered by injury and inconsistency in player availability.

For all that, Alton flew out of the blocks and took the lead with Ed Hubbard's second-minute penalty and they were a tad unlucky to fall behind when Burberry's sliced clearance turned into an inch-perfect crossfield kick for wing Chris Garorzewski. However, there was nothing lucky about Garorzeski's steaming break and scoring pass to the on-hand Spencer.

A couple of rucks and quick hands from the old boys' backs created field position for Spencer to send left wing Neil Williams over for KCS's second try and although Hubbard shaved the deficit with his second penalty, the dominant hosts extended their lead on the half-hour when Humphries touched down from a line-out and drive.

Alton's hopes of a revival flickered briefly shortly before half time when centre Dan Forsyth's arcing break and off-load gave Matt O'Connor a try in the right corner but when Spencer added his second, again from a Burberry crosskick - no miscue his time - KCS had a useful but not decisive 22-13 half-time lead.

But a withering assault after the interval saw KCS stretch out of sight as Burberry, Humphries and scrum-half Will Slater crossed in quick succession. The impressive Burberry added his second when he cut a superb line onto Spencer's pass and sprinted over from 40 metres but it was Alton who had the final say when replacement scrum-half Mark Crowther squeezed over from close range, following a typically aggressive break by O'Connor.

Humbling for Alton, for sure, but they were undoubtedly strengthened by the addition of young lock Will Happel and centre Chris Pratt, while scrum-half Jack McEvoy pulled the strings effectively. They can take some consolation that they are improving and with key players coming back into the fold in coming weeks, better days lie in store.

KCS: Spencer; Garorzewski, Morrison, Burberry (c), Williams; Jones, Slater; Calaminus, Attoe, Kiddle; Norman, Hill; Emmerson, Clark, Humphries. Allot, Landsberg, Elkington.

Tries: Spencer (8, 40), Williams (13), Humphries (29, 59), Slater (45), Burberry (48, 72);

Conversions: Jones (3).

Alton: Law; O'Connor, Forsyth (Crowther, 58), Pratt, Spencer; Hubbard, McEvoy; Happel (Ross, 70), Parratt, Gay (c); Greenhalgh, W Happel; Lee (MacDonell, 58), Carter, Good.

Tries: O'Connor (37), Crowther (75);

Conversion: Hubbard;

Penalties: Hubbard (2, 24).

H-T: 22-13.

Referee: Glenn Cockcroft (Yorkshire Society).

Other London 3SW results:

Old Alleynians 26 - 20 Ellingham & Ringwood;
Old Freemens 26 - 29 Old Wellingtonians;
Sandown & Shanklin 48 - 19 Andover;
Weybridge Vandals 21 - 22 Old Blues;
Winchester 34 - 6 Purley John Fisher.

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