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Your News Grove 15 - Witney 19

After last weeks defeat it was important that Witney put in a good €œday at

the office€ in their top of the table clash with Grove. They did just that

and a dominant performance, especially in the forwards, gave them a 0-7

interval lead and they were generally on top. Stalwart Mark Serle was at the

heart of the tight play and after three successive collapses of a driving

maul, the referee correctly awarded a penalty try. Charlie Bennett was in

great form in the lineouts too and stole some crucial possession as well as

making a number of tackles and really €œmanning up€. In the lose, Tim Muller

was a real thorn in the side of the hosts too and the visitors should really

have scored more than their one try, Ed Mitchem converting.

The second half got even better for Witney as a great ball off the top of a

lineout from Charlie Bennett saw sweet hands and winger Louie Collins

steaming over in the corner, Mitchem converting from the touchline. The third

try came after great work from Owen Fowler who tackled a Grove player and

then turned him over in the tackle. The ball was recycled and spun wide for

Gareth Campbell to score out wide, Mitchem€™s conversion narrowly missing.

Things then took a turn for the worse and both Sam Collins and James Lamb

were a bit unlucky to find themselves in the sin bin, the former for not

rolling away when he seemed pinned down and the Witney skipper for kicking a

ball away. Joe Rowles was then unlucky to be penalised for entering a ruck

and Grove scored to give them a lifeline. Some uncharacteristic poor tackling

then saw Grove score again and set up a nervous last few minutes but Witney

held on and few could have denied overall that they were the better side.

1st XV

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

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

Repl: Godfrey(D)(Serle), McBurnie(Caffekey), McRoberts

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