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Your News Witney 9 - Windsor 11

After the euphoria of last weeks€™ away win in the local derby with €˜Chippy€™,

rumours of a revamped team through injury or absence generated a hint of

anxiety among the Witney faithful as they prepared to watch the lads take on

what they knew would be a determined Windsor side on a €˜sticky wicket.€™

From the KO Windsor had the best of the early exchanges and were rewarded

with a penalty after 15minutes following an €˜indiscretion€™ by the returning

Owen Fowler at 5.As the game progressed Witney struggled to secure much of

their own ball particularly from the lineouts and the Windsor scrummage

continued to put the home side under pressure making it difficult for them to

exert any real control.

However , Witney equalised with an Ed Mitchum penalty after missing an

earlier opportunity and further penalties from both sides resulted in a half

time score of 6-6

In the second half Witney upped their effort from the KO but the game became

tense and edgy, littered with handling errors and infringements in the loose

by both sides but most of it was now being played in Windsor€™s half. However,

Witney while still stuggling to secure any decent ball from their own set

pieces managed to put Windsor under considerable pressure in their own 22

with promising but unrewarded breakaways from €˜Snaz€™ Campbell and newcomer

Ali McRoberts and were able to add a further 3 penalty points to take them

into a narrow lead.

A rare sortie by Windsor into the Witney 22 by way of a well placed kick to

touch gave them a lineout on the 5m line. The expected catch and drive was

foiled by some determined defensive work and a knock on by Windsor gave

Witney a put in to the scrum a couple of yards from their own line.

The ensuing scrummage proved decisive; Witney losing possession on their own

ball and the Windsor 8 secured the 5 points but they failed to make the


At 9-11 down and with the clock ticking down an anxious home crowd watched

Witney launch a final assault on the Windsor end and with barely a minute to

go were rewarded with a penalty which was likely to be the last opportunity

to win the game and snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. The home crowd

waited with baited breath, but it was not to be and we all experienced the

disappointment of a league defeat for the first time this season.

1st XV

Mitchem, Collins(L), *Lamb(J), Strutt, Monks, Lamb(H), Campbell(G): Fuller,

Collins(S), Richens, Fowler, Bennett, Muller, McBurnie, Rowles

Repl: Haire, Kerr, McRoberts

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