Mitcham & Carshalton continued their fine form this week, beating Streatham & Croydon 2XV for a second time in two weeks. During the early stages of the game Mitcham enjoyed strong possession however Streatham held out resiliently, until a strong backs move allowed fly half Jacob Williams to go over the line.
Mitcham resumed the pressure immediately, puttting S&C back onto their 5 metre line. A strong defence from Streatham again meant that Mitcham's possession was turned over and Streatham looked to counter. A stray pass from their backs on their own 5 meter line however allowed Iain Honeyman-Baker to intercept and dive straight over the line. Following some ill disipline from S&C over the nex ten minutes of the match, Mitcham's Williams was able capitalise on two penalties, putting Mitcham 18-0 up at the end of the first half.
By the second half, the abymsal weather made its mark on the game, turning the pitch into a bog, causing more knock ons and forward passes as the ball got more slippery. An incredibly robust defense from both sides saw most of the second half played in the midfield with neither side giving an inch, despite the torried conditions.
Poor disipline from Mitcham meant that several opportunities were squandered and the game became erratic.
It was only in the final play of the game, where a freak (and unforwardlike) cross field kick from Mitcham's second row, Fergus Garnade, saw Mitcham backs overturn a ruck 10 meters from the line. Fast hands and a missed kick saw the ball loose on the floor, allowing flanker Keir Waller to scoop up and slide over the line for Mitcham's third try of the game and another clean sheet.
This win puts Mitcham 5/5 in the league and 8 consecutive wins this year.
Tries: J. Williams, I. Honeyman-Baker, K.Waller
Conversions: J. Williams x 2
Penalties: J. Williams x 2
Princess Prosecco MOTM - Jacob Williams
Mitcham's next game will be this Saturday against Woking in the league.