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Your News South Woodham Ferrers 12 - Basildon 34

After an extended Christmas period due to frozen

pitches Woodham welcomed Basildon to Saltcoats.

SWF were full of confidence having beaten Basildon

away earlier in the season.

Basildon started the stronger and were awarded an

early penalty which was converted.

From a good line out off the top the ball was moved

inventively through the back line. Winger Adam Jones

superb running line allowed him to break the defence and

score under the posts. Brown's conversion was good. 7-3.

SWF finished last year in excellent form and with this score

the home crowd thought this was to be a happy new year.

The visitors hit straight back with a long range penalty to

close the gap to one. Basildon's strong rucking gave quick

ball to their hard running forwards coming from depth to

make inroads into Woodham's defence. From one of these

charges Basildon managed to break free and offload out of

the tackle to their number 8 who sprinted away and around

Duggan on the wing to score out wide. The conversion was

good 7-13. Basildon buoyed by the score seemed to be quicker

to the breakdown, stronger in the tackle area and have more

desire for the ball. It was not long before Basildon scored again,

after a number of controlled phases the home teams normally

organised defence was sucked in giving an easy score out wide.

Conversion was good. 7-20.

SWF responded before half time with concerted pressure on the

visitors line but were thwarted by some cynical play at the ruck

which lead to a number of penalties but no yellow cards.

Brown's only attempt at goal was wide.

Half time 7-20.

SWF started the second period with a determination to get back

into the game, but disaster struck when from a normally clinical

back division a loose pass was given straight to the opposition

winger who gratefully sprinted away 60m to score. Once again

the conversion out wide was good. 7-27. In desperation Woodham

tried to chase the game but unforced errors compounded a lacklustre

performance. Basildon finally killed the game off when after a number

of phases in the home teams 22. A grubber kick by their fly half

fortuitously rebounded back into his hands to score. Conversion was

good. 7-34. SWF responded in the final 10 mins and last started to

play with passion and conviction an were rewarded with a consolation

try by Leon Gateson. Final score 12-34.

Although this was Woodham's worst performance of the season all credit

must go to Basildon whose performance is the best seen at Saltcoats

from an away team. Woodham need to bounce back next week against

a hard Canvey team if want to keep their promotion hopes alive.

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