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Your News Beaconsfield 12 - Witney 14

Playing with the elements in the first half, Witney felt they would need a

sizeable lead before the break but were only one try to the good and were not

threatening to score another. The home side built some pressure late on and

despite Witney holding the first couple of attacks at bay, their second row

charged over from short range as Witneys defense left an inviting hole which he

could not resist. The conversion made it 7 a piece and Beaconsfield went into

the interval confident of repeating their victory of earlier in the season.

Coaches Campbell and Harper remained calm but urged their players for a bit more

and skipper Jez Hicks and his team responded superbly and produced 10-15 minutes

of excellent rugby just after the break. This culminated in a try for Louie

Collins which was as good as the boys have produced all season. From inside his

own half, Collins fielded a wayward (not the first) kick from Beaconsfield and

ran back into the midfield. Carl Strutt timed his run back nicely to link with

Collins and then James Monks and Johnny Wheater before finally passing back to

Collins who had enough gas to get across the line to finish with a flourish.

Henry Lamb slotted the conversion from under the posts which proved crucial in

the end.

Beaconsfield came back into the game in spells but like Witney in the first

half, they failed to make the most of the elements. That said they did score

with around 10 minutes remaining but Witney forced the try out wide and the

missed conversion was crucial and Witney held on for two valuable points which

lifts them to the top half of the table and they could finish as high as 5th if

results go their way next week.

The first half should have seen Witney using the wind and slope to pin

Beaconsfield back but the home side got the tactics right and their forwards

worked hard to grind out the yards and varied their kicking options too which

helped them starve the visitors of consistent ball. Their rush defence was also

thwarting any flow Witney were looking to build and Will Worrall in particular

was on the end of a couple of thumping tackles €“ which as usual he just gets up

from and looks for more! Despite Jez Hicks and Jimmy Collis bossing the lineouts

and Norm Serle, Adam Copperwheat and Rikki Dore edging the scrummage battle,

Witney looked all too frantic and tried to make things happen rather than

building through the phases and letting them happen. They knew they needed first

half points and eventually they came as James Monks was unleashed on the wing he

stepped inside his opposite number and ran through two more tackles for a fine

try, with Will Worrall in support (but not needed) for every step. Henry Lamb

converted from in front which he was relieved about after pulling his opening

penalty effort.

Most of the urgency was coming from the home side for the rest of the half and

despite Witney doing some good things, they couldn€™t put the phases together and

never really hit top gear. Both Lambys had their moments and the back row of

Worrall, Jimi Collis and Carl Campbell all did some good things, as did the

boiler house of Owen Fowler and Jez Hicks but the forwards all to often gave

Gareth Campbell some scrappy ball and the physicality of the home tackling will

ensure the young scrum half would wake up the next day knowing he had been in a


The second half swung in that excellent period after the break and the

initiative and self belief really hit home during that spell with wingers Monksy

and Louie both running back at the home side to great effect. The replacements

all got on and made an impact too with Rory Cookson entering the fray and showed

up very well in the lose, James Elwood showing some classy touches in midfield

and included one fine tackle on his opposite number and finally Alan Richens

coming in being his usual solid and reliable self. Even when Will Worrall was

sin binned for preventing the release of what would have been a certain try,

Witney never panicked and kept their cool with some solid phases to see the

match out.

A fine win at a difficult venue and a good match between two sides who have both

promised more than they have delivered this season but who put on a good match

for the sizeable crowd last weekend. The lads can now look to next weeks final

home match with Amersham and Chiltern and they will be looking to reverse the

narrow defeat of earlier in the season. If Witney win and Beaconsfield lose to

leaders Olney, Witney would complete their season in 5th spot.

1st XV

Wheater, Collins(L) , Lamb(J), Strutt, Monks, Lamb(H), Campbell(G) : Dore,

Copperwheat(A), Serle, Fowler, *Hicks(J), Worrall, Campbell(C), Collis

Repl: Cookson(Collis-50), Elwood(Strutt-60), Richens(Fowler-65)


An enjoyable match but after getting their tactics right in the first half and

scoring late on, I thought Beaconsfield looked in good shape to do the double

over us. That excellent 15 minutes after the break definitely swung the match

and Louie'€™s try was the icing on the cake which was the best try of the

afternoon and therefore (just about) deservedly took the spoils for Witney. All

the players contributed something to proceedings and hopefully next week they

can finish with a flourish and give Jimi a good send off in what will be his

last match.

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