BY GRAHAM COX
The two teams that scored the most points in the early afternoon in the National League Two East, produced a further eleven tries in this contest, with Blackheath cruising for eight of them to emerge comfortable winners and retake the first place at the head of the table.
As Blackheath had stumbled upon Old Alban the previous week, Guernsey arrived at Well Hall on the back of a 71-14 beating lowly Westcliffe and quickly got on the same way laying siege to the goal line of Blackheath.
However, at eight minutes a tackle from Tom Stradwick dislodged the ball into the grateful hands of Paul Schroter, and as the open side forced their way out of the defense and galloped halfway, Alex Harris came on. outside to go home. and give the advance to the hosts.
Blackheath’s set piece was top notch throughout and, with a penalty for not driving straight to the scrum going to touch down, Oli Walliker went a few extra yards, before some fine hands from Nick Foster, and a game of Jake Lloyd’s equally groomed legs got Harris through for his second of the game and seventh of the season.
Despite their problems in the scrum, Guernsey lacked nothing in physicality and a converted score as hooker Dan Morgan was driven off reduced the backlog for the Islanders, but Lloyd’s excellent pickup and 50:22 from angles made them less closer set up a field position for Schroter to cross, Tom Ffitch adding a third conversion.
Twenty-nine penalties were conceded throughout, fifteen against the visitors, and with another finding his way in to touch, Oli Walliker piled on a lineout ball and Blackheath held a 26-7 lead at the break .
Within two minutes of the restart, the lead was extended as an upbeat punt out of defense was picked up by Foster, the full-back weaving a line to send Schroter slipping for his second, and little to Time after Lloyd was, perhaps, fortunately, given the first grounding after Harris’ well-judged grubber jumped into the goal.
Guernsey never gave up and Morgan came through again, and during a scrappy phase of play the visitors recovered the loose ball for winger Anthony Armstrong, older brother of Matt making his home debut for Blackheath, to head home the house around the corner.
However, in between, Brendan McMillan had come on his debut and kicked the ball in to set up the lineout maul from which Foster pinched the blindside for the club’s seventh try and, as Guernsey discipline wobbled and two men headed for the bin, Dom McGeekie crashed a five-yard scrum for number eight.