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Your News Upminster 17 - South Woodham Ferrers 19

SWF 1st XV started their league season with an away trip to Upminster.

On a glorious sunny day and a rock hard pitch both teams started

at a furious pace. It was Upminster who opened the scoring with a

simple penalty in front of the posts. Straight from the re-start Woodham's

forwards turned over ball at the ruck, a short pass found Leon Gateson

on the burst, with speed and guile the centre rounded the last defender for the

visitors opening score. Brown's conversion fell short 3-5.

SWF's commitment and aggression at the breakdown brought its reward again

when the ball was moved quickly out to the back line, where full back Joe Dukelow's

line break gave him space to find winger Adam Jones to score. Brown converted

3-12. Although Upminster had plenty of possession they could find no way through

the outstanding midfield defence of Andy Williams ably supported by debutants

Steve Jones,Jamie Read and Pete Brand. From another stolen ball by no 8 Bull

at the breakdown Woodham turned defence into attack. The ball was moved

to Woodham's exciting three-quarter line, with some slick passing by Williams,

Dukelow and Duggan space appeared for Gateson. The centre then completely

mesmerised the last two defenders with his foot work and scored under the posts

for a try which started deep in Woodham's half. Brown converted.

Half time 3- 19.

Upminster started the second half well using their steep pitch to good affect and

pinned the visitors back. SWF lack of clean ball at the line out and scrum allowed

Upminster vast amounts of possession, and only Woodham's collective desire in defence

stopped the hosts from adding to their total. SWF did manage a spell of exerted

pressure on Upminster line but wasted two gilt-edged chances, which would have

sealed the win. As the game moved into the last ten minutes Upminster pressed

hard for a score and this duly came when Upminster's scrum half dived in from a

quick tap penalty 5m out. The conversion was well taken 10-19.

Roared on by the large home support Upminster again pressurised the visitors line

and managed score their second try with the last play of the game. The extra points

from out wide was good,making the score for the home side far more respectable.

Final score 17-19.

Well done chaps but lots for head coach Tony Woods to work on come training.

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