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                                                                                                                                                                                           Round-up of the
                                                                                                                                                                                           Sheppey Sunday
                                                                                                                                                                                            League action
                             Thursday, September 18, 2008                                                                                                                                                              - page 54
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Sheppey ’too soft’
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Kent fail again
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        KENT captain Rob Key cut a despondent
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        figure at Canterbury on Saturday after
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        seeing his side blow their chances of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        NatWest Pro40 League glory.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The equation was simple – victory
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        against Essex would have given Kent
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        automatic promotion from Division 2,
SHEPPEY head coach Frank                          By Luke Cawdell                                                                                                                                                       defeat would put Spitfires outside the
Davis slammed his players                                                                                                                                                                                               promotion frame.
after their opening day defeat             “It’s a bit of a blow and we’re just                                                                                                                                         Key had scored a magnificent unbeaten
to Ashford and is demanding              waiting on a scan,” said Davis.                                                                                                                                                120 in Kent’s testing total of 246-5, but his
an immediate response.                     “This year we’ve got a highly                                                                                                                                                bowlers were found wanting in the late
  Davis accused his players of           qualified physio and he’s telling a                                                                                                                                            run chase, allowing Essex to romp home
lacking passion and being too soft in    lot of the boys what they don’t want                                                                                                                                           with an over to spare to claim the title.
their Kent 1 game against Ashford        to hear!”                                                                                                                                                                      Defeat condemned Kent to fourth spot.
which ended in a 39-16 defeat.             As well as enforced changes, Davis                                                                                                                                           Key said: “It’s a shame because I felt
  “We were soft and there was no         insists others will be dropped on the                                                                                                                                          that was a decent score, but we probably
fight at all,” said Davis.               back of Saturday’s performance.                                                                                                                                                weren’t at our best. We were almost on
  “We lacked passion and desire.           “Personnel will change,” he said.                                                                                                                                            top of the game until Grant Flower came
We prepared and trained well and         “There’s plenty of work to do in                                                                                                                                               out to bat, but his was a serious knock
discussed everything but then froze      training and there will be fisticuffs.                                                                                                                                         because it wasn’t easy batting out there
on the day.                              I’ve told them what I thought on                                                                                                                                               and he scored quicker than anyone.
  “It’s not as if they were playing      Saturday and I’ll be showing them                                                                                                                                              Without that, the game would have been
better rugby, it’s the fact that we      in training. The gloves are coming                                                                                                                                             ours.”
kicked away possession when we           off.                                                                                                                                                                           Flower scored 68 from just 42 balls to
didn’t need to and gave it to their        “They were too honest for their                                                                                                                                              swing the game Essex’s way.
fast backs. We gifted them as many       own good on Saturday and they                                                                                                                                                  Key added: “It has been the bridesmaid
points as they took.”                    need to be more aggressive; we need                                                                                                                                            season for us, but I don’t think we should
  Two penalties from Bradley Box         more passion.”                                                                                                                                                                 accept that.
were all Sheppey could produce in          This Saturday Sheppey host                                                                                                                                                   “We’ve effectively been in three finals,
the first half on Saturday as they       Cranbrook.                                                                                                                                                                     albeit this was in the second division,
trailed 20-6 at the break.                 “It’s always an interesting game                                                                                                                                             but this was a shame. Things like this we
  Tries in the second half from John     against Cranbrook,” said Davis.                                                                                                                                                need to get off our backs, we need to start
Kelly and Luke Barker put more             “One week they can be world                                                                                                                                                  winning stuff so that next time we come
points on the board but Ashford          beaters and the next week they                                                                                                                                                 around to it we’re not thinking about it
helped themselves to more too.           couldn’t fight their way out of a                                                                                                                                              too hard.”
  The defeat was made all the worse      paper bag.                                                                                                                                                                     Kent returned to action at Liverpool
with captain Nathan Faulkner               “They have a lot of imports and a                                                                                                                                            on Wednesday in their penultimate
suffering a cartilage injury which       few from Samoa but I’m not sure if                                                                                                                                             LV Championship match, against
will rule him out for several weeks.     they’ll still have them on Saturday.”                     � Sheppey try to stop Ashford in their tracks                                      Picture: Martin Apps pd1481087    Lancashire.

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