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Your News Wimbledon 12 - Gravesend 25

After last week’s nine changes to the previous week’s squad, for this match there was just the eight. When Wimbledon can get a settled side, as Gravesend clearly had (and Beckenham the week before), they will be a match for any team in their league. As it was, although there was nothing between the teams for the first 25 minutes, Dons began to struggle against a good well-drilled Gravesend team, whose speed in numbers to the breakdown and superior ball-winning technique gave the visitors an increasing supply of quick possession. And their talented back line made full use of it.

But while Wimbledon lack cohesion at the moment they certainly don’t lack spirit and despite conceding a third try just two minutes into the second half to go 25-0 down, they not only prevented any further Gravesend scores but crossed the visitor’s line twice in the last ten minutes. Substitute Dave Charles made the break that put the hard-working Dave Rees over for the first – then he rounded off a good backs move to score the second himself, which Rees converted.

After unbeaten top-of-the-table Gravesend this week, it’s away to winless bottom-of the-table Maidstone next week. Regretably it’s probable that injuries to Jason Anquetil and just-returned Chris Lewis will mean their absence, so the coaches will be hoping for the return of some of the many other absentees.

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