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Your News South Woodham Ferrers 23 - Wanstead 25

Once again Woodham had to re-shuffle the team to cope with

injuries and unavailabilitys,but with new signing Gareth Hoadley

at hooker and Ryan Marshall returning from Southend to bolster

the pack Woodham started the brighter of the teams. With Woodham's

line out producing good ball for the back line, it was not long before

the visitors had Wanstead under pressure. SWF opened the scoring

after some good link play between forwards and backs, which allowed

Joe Dukelow moving to fly half this week, to burst through a gap and

score. His conversion was wide 0-5.

After this confident start Woodham then gave the initiative back to

Wanstead. Numerous amounts of unforced handling errors allowed

the hosts to capitalise and build pressure, eventually resulting in a

a try after a number of pick and drives from a 5m line out. The kick

from out wide was short. 5-5. Wanstead then went further ahead after

Woodham fell foul of the referee at the offside line giving the hosts an

easy 3 points. 8-3. The game then became very fragmented as both teams

were penalised at the breakdown. This hindered Woodham as they were

unable to hold onto the ball for any length of time and build any continuity.

Wanstead continually pushed Woodham back with their kicking tactics

and were rewarded with a try in the corner to the disappointment of the

visiting pack who thought it was held up. The extra points were missed.

13-5.

As half time loomed a ball off the top of a good lineout was swept out wide

to Leon Gateson. When most players would have cleared their lines the

centre backed himself and stepped the advancing defenders and sprinted

the length of the pitch. His final pass to Shaun Russ making his league debut

at full back was deliberately slapped down giving Dukelow an easy penalty kick.

Half time 13-8.

SWF started the second half well and with the breeze behind them started

to win both possession and territory. From sustained forward pressure a perpendicular

pass across the back line found Gateson, his step and fend gave him space to score.

Dukelow's conversion was just wide. 13- 13.

Woodham were now in the ascendency and shortly after Dukelow's speed split the

defence with a show and go. His timely pass inside before the cover tackle gave

Gateson his brace. Dukelow's kick was good. 13-20.

Woodham went further ahead from a Dukelow penalty after the hosts were again

penalised for going off their feet at the ruck. 13 -23.

As the game moved into the final stages Woodham's poor decision making and

unforced errors again proved a life line for the home team when a bouncing ball

fell kindly into their centres hands after another cross field kick. 18 -23.

Disaster struck for the visitors when from a dropped ball at a restart Wanstead

regathered the ball and moved it quickly through their back line, with a combination

of poor tackling and good exchanges of passing Wanstead's winger managed to

break free and score under the posts to the delight of the home crowd. 25-23.

Straight from the restart Woodham threw everything at the home teams line and

were rewarded with a penalty 10m out in front of the posts. Amazingly one of

Woodham's forwards decided to take a quick tap only to knock on. From the resulting

scrum Wanstead kick the ball out and sealed the win with the last play of the game.

25-23. A special mention must go to seventeen year old Lewis Gilbert who showed

great promise playing out of position on the wing. A disappointing loss but a good

effort especially from the non regulars.

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