A new look OCs 2s made a positive start to the new season, taking a well-deserved share of the spoils away with them against a well-drilled Dartfordians side.
With only Danny Gardner, Terry Allen and Andrew Foster on the teamsheet of an age to remember VHS tapes and Chumbawumba, the result looks promising for both this season and beyond.
A strange first half saw OCs struggle at the set piece, but more than hold their own in open play. Starved of ball, they made a fine living off the scraps, refusing to buckle when Darts were able to sustain pressure in their 22, even when down to 14 men.
The home side did eventually manage to open the scoring after thirty minutes, but OCs were unlucky to not strike back through MOTM Carlos Davies, who having returned from the sin bin charged through several tackles and was unlucky to be adjudged to have gone into touch before scoring.
The second half saw little respite in the scrum but an improved return from the lineout. Bill Ramdhan brought OCs back to within two points with a try, only for Darts to extend their lead to five with a well-struck penalty from forty yards out. OCs were not to be denied and Quba Edwin crossed out wide to bring his side level.
OCs pressed to take the lead and may have done had it not been for the Jiminy Cricket on fly half Daniel Hepden’s shoulder. The referee had been inclined to award him a try, only for him to confess that he dropped the ball in the act of scoring. Abraham Colfe would have been proud of his young charge.
Darts had opportunity to pinch a late victory through a much easier kick but unfortunately for them it was sliced just wide. OCs too had a late chance and greater composure could have brought a winning score. In the end both sides can be satisfied with a strong showing.
With several young players now heading to university, it will be important that everyone makes good effort to get themselves and their mates along each Saturday to sustain this good start. However, with Victor Spaczil and Sam Rosen-Fouladi amongst others making strong contributions and being in the locality for the season, there is good reason to think this can be a good year for the 2s and the club in general.