Adam ensures Long family tradition continues at Rugby Camp

Adam Long goes in for a tackle. Picture: Sarah Standing
Adam Long goes in for a tackle. Picture: Sarah Standing
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outstanding wing-forward Adam Long helped Portsmouth draw 14-14 with Beckenham in London one south at Rugby Camp.

Teenager Long is following in the footsteps of his grandfather Gerry and father Ian, who each played the position for the club.

And he is doing it in style.

This week he almost capped a marvellous performance by setting up a winning try in the last minute, only for the pass to just evade his winger.

At just 19 years old, Long, is still eligible for colts rugby and has come up through the club’s junior ranks.

‘He is another example of the close-knit community we have at the club,’ said coach Ian Chandler.

‘The lad has been with us since the age of six and he is developing into a more than useful forward.

‘His grandfather Gerry was a quality player in the past and father Ian is now the first-team manager.

‘All three of them are marshalled by Adam’s proud grandmother Molly who stands on the touchline supporting.

‘Nobody messes with Molly.

‘It is an impressive achievement.’

Portsmouth and Beckenham produced a thrilling encounter in front of another big crowd.

The visitors, with their big pack, took charge from the start.

Only brave, well-organised defence restricted the Kent side to a penalty, while the hosts broke out to score a converted try by Will Brock.

‘In the second half we showed our naivity again trying to play running rugby in the wrong part of the pitch,’ said Chandler.

Beckenham scored a try but Portsmouth hit back again with Dan Sargent going over to give his side a 14-11 lead 10 minutes from the end.

‘We then showed further inexperience by going offside to gift them an equalising penalty,’ said Chandler.

Both teams had gilt-edged chances to win the game with home centre Chris Ealey pulling off a great try-saving tackle for the hosts.

‘In the end a draw was a fair result,’ said Chandler.

‘As well as Long, our two second-rows Ian French and Nick Leach were terrific.

‘Beckenham’s forwards got stuck into us and those two stood up to everything thrown at them.

‘Our defence was superb and we made lots of tackles when they tested us during the opening half-hour.’