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SWF travelled the short journey to local rivals Billericay for

their LNE3 league encounter. Woodham forwards had a depleted

home team under pressure from the start. Locks Steve Jones

and Pete Brand were not only superb in the line out but also

tenacious in the loose, allowing Woodham to produce good

ball to a full strength back line. Woodham opened the scoring

after some controlled forward phases, gave Leon Gateson a

simple score in the corner. Brown's conversion was good. 0-7.

Brown added a further penalty and with some excellent kicking

pushed the home team back into their corners. From one of these

kicks winger Shaun Russ tackled his opposite number deep in his own

half. Skipper Craig Mclellan was on hand to intuitively flick the ball

back between his legs to the on coming no 8 Bull to score. Brown's

kick bounced off the crossbar for the extra points. 0-17. Billericay

tried to responded with their driving maul but this was thwarted

by a well drilled defence, and when the ball was occasionally

moved wide it was met with crunching tackles by the returning

centre Williams. Woodham seemed quicker in all areas and this

was highlighted when winger Russ took a quick line out in the

home teams 22 to give Gateson an unopposed try. Brown again

converted 0-24. Although Woodham were not having it their own

way in the scrums they showed when they do get a solid platform

how dangerous their back line can be. From a stable scrum, half

back Andy (blue) Murray broke blind, his pass found Duggan. The

hard running winger then delivered a sublime blind pass to the looping

full back Joe Dukelow who out sprinted the covering defenders to

score. Brown missed from out wide.

Half time 0-29

SWF playing up the slope continued where they left off, playing with

pace and control. Any thought of a come back from the hosts

were finished when scrum half Murray's perfectly timed pass put

Gateson in a gap. The centres rich vein of form continued when

he rounded the last defender to score for another hat trick.

Brown's simple conversion was good 0-36. Billericay were punished

again, when from an aimless kick full back Dukelow attacked from

deep, after rounding a number of opposing forwards his pass found

Gateson and with space running out the centres cross field kick found

his partner Williams to collect and score. Brown again converted 0-43.

Woodham's final try summed up the days performance when forwards

and backs linked seamlessly to give the impressive teenage open side flanker

Chris Bewick his first try on his league debut. The extras were good. 0-50.

Woodham brought on stalwart prop Marc Jiggins only to be sin binned

for a mild altercation. Billericay playing for pride had their best spell of

the game. Camped in Woodham's 22, and having numerous scrums and

phases of play the hosts were unable to breech a determined and

aggressive defence. When aerodynamic prop Jiggins returned to

the field, the pack responded and from the resulting clearance on a

defensive scrum Billericay's hopes of a score ended.

Final score 0-50.

A great team performance and with so many young players coming

through the youth system the future bodes well at SWF.

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