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Your News South Woodham Ferrers 27 - Upminster 24

On a bright, but bitterly cold day, Woodham's 1st XV travelled to

Upminster for an Essex cup game. SWF started the brighter and

opened the scoring by winger Duggan after 6mins. Upminster came

straight back and playing up the slope and into the biting wind made

good ground. Upminster levelled the score by their strong centre who

crashed through the middle with some meek tackling. Brown regained

the lead from a penalty which was short lived as the home team converted

two long range penalties. SWF "lack-luster" performance was further compounded

when the home team's powerfull no8 bulldozed his way over for a try. 8-16.

Promising young prop Neil Gittos was replaced due to a back problem by stalwart

Marc Jiggins. With the absence of captain Mclellan and some other regulars,

the veteran prop took control. From a good platform in midfield Brown's kick

found Lee Guess who gathered the bouncing ball to score. The conversion

was just short. On the stroke of half time Upminster converted another penalty

to make the half time score 13 - 19. Playing into the elements, SWF began the

second half with more purpose. Scrum half Murray organised his forwards and

with good direction got them driving forward making inroads up the slope into

the home team's 22. A good recycled ball found Marc Jiggins 5 metres out and his

long arm managed to touch down for a try. Brown converted 20 -19. Woodham

had to reshuffle their pack with the loss of flanker Marshall. Eighteen year old

Murphy went to hooker and looked every bit the part. From a solid midfield

scrum Woodham executed a good move where no8 Bull passed wide to Brown

he in turn found Williams inside who then linked with Dave Bull to score. Brown

converted 27-19. Upminster rallied and from a quick tap penalty in their own

half moved the ball excellently through their back line to score out wide. The

conversion was missed. Final score 27-24.

Although the score suggests that this was a good game, it was evident that

both team's lacked any zeal or desire. SWF need to return to the intensity they had

the previous week for the league game away at Beccles.

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