National 3 Rugby – Guernsey end run of defeats
Monday 30th September 2013, 1:30PM BST.
SHANE TAYLOR’S thrilling second half try threatened to give Guernsey a welcome first win of the season, but two late penalties from the visitors saved their unbeaten record at Footes Lane on Saturday afternoon.
But Jordan Reynolds, the Guernsey coach, should have taken great satisfaction from seeing his improved side end their run of defeats and, in truth, match a team that had sailed through their first games in this division and obviously have serious title ambitions.
Guernsey might so easily have won it, too.
Deep in added time Guernsey broke in front of a loud Garenne Stand.
The only problem was that the break came from Layton Batiste and Nick Barton, not the two quickest men on the pitch at the start of play let alone with more than 80 minutes on the clock.
Batiste it was who made the touchline break just over halfway. But as he slipped the ball to the inspirational No. 8 only a couple of Old Elthamians stood in the way of Barton and a decisive try.
Sadly for the home crowd, Barton was dead on his feet and as he was caught and the move came to an end Mr David Conway, a target for home fans’ fury all afternoon for his decisions, not least a consistent blindness to OEs tendency to run offside, blew for full time.