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Sunday 25 March 2012, 2pm: Westcombe Park 20-17 Aylesford Bulls; Rugby Union, Kent Cup Semi-Final; att: 145 h/c; Entry free; no programme issued.

Westcombe Park achieved a narrow win in this cup semi-final and go forward to the final, which is to be played at Medway RFC, Rochester on Sunday 29 April (which left supporters grumbling about having to go to such a “crap” ground, for a cup final).

The Goddington Dene Sports Ground lies at the edge of Orpington on the south-east London/Kent border. It is a large ground, featuring facilities for rugby, football, cricket and tennis. The adjacent Goddington Park has further football and rugby pitches. The whole is a 25 minute or so walk from Chelsfield railway station – a bit longer if, like me, you chose to go via the Five Bells in Chelsfield village for some lunchtime refreshment. The main rugby pitch lies a cricket field away from the large bar and dressing room complex. It is fully-railed all around, with infill provided by a full circle of advertising hoardings. Midway along the north side is a modest little stand providing several rows of wooden bench seats. The pitch is not floodlit, nor is there any hard standing. On Saturday matchdays, a pitch-side bar is provided in the Orpington Cricket Club hut, which stands behind the west goal.

I’ve added a photo of this ground to my small collection of rugby stadium snaps at this link:

This game was disappointingly low-key; much more so than my quarter-final game at Sidcup a few Sundays back. More obviously treated as a reserves game I think by Westcombe, who had an important home league game the previous day where they are facing a desperate battle against relegation from National Two South. I’m not sure what sort of gates they get this year on a Saturday (normal entry £10), but I know last season’s average in the same division was 238. The club was hoping for a ‘bumper’ gate for this match, but I heard several describe the turnout as ‘very disappointing’. My headcount came after 20 minutes – in fact people kept trickling in, to eventually number possibly around 200 by the end.

Most people seemed to consider Aylesford as the favourites for this tie and they were indeed dominant in the scrum. The first try came early for Aylesford as they pushed the home defenders back over the line to score. Westcombe trailed 8-12 at half time but started the second half strongly, playing a running game to push ahead and just about deserve the win. Better kicking by either side would have been enough to win.

A kitchen was in operation in the bar area. I suffered a dreadful, half cold, steak and kidney pie for £1:50. Sausage or bacon rolls and chips looked better options. Disappointingly, there was no match programme issued. I picked up a copy of the previous day’s – a decent enough effort within a pre-printed shell.

(This post was edited by StephenHarris on Mar 26, 2012, 2:06 PM)

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