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Despite a spirited battle, Camberley’s challenging season ended in defeat against London Welsh on Sunday. Welsh started strongly, using a kicking game to drive the ball up field. Camberley reacted well to this and gathered the ball cleanly to steal possession- thereby starting a physical first ten minutes with both sides fighting hard to keep the ball. Welsh gained the advantage by wheeling the scrums and winning the ball- but good defence by the Black and Ambers, kept the opposition from scoring. A powerful scrum gave the Welsh the advantage again but Camberley held them up on the line, preventing them from grounding the ball. Camberley stepped up a gear and despite Welsh recycling the ball, Camberley's forwards stole it back in a maul as they camped on their own try line. An inevitable scrum followed and the home side were able to clear their lines with a kick from prop Sarah Sanderson- giving them some breathing space. Welsh piled on the pressure again and after failing to clear their try line, Camberley lost the ball in a tackle which was grounded by Welsh. Undeterred, Camberley never gave up during the half and effective tackling forced Welsh to kick the ball over the try line. Fortunately for the home side it flew over the dead ball line, giving Camberley back possession. They now started to attack and after a good pass from number 8 Dee Mackenzie-Jones to fly-half Lisa Goldsmith, the fly-half sprinted up the pitch. Although Welsh tackled Goldsmith, they couldn't get the ball out of the ruck, giving Camberley the scrum. Camberley once again ran the ball down field but a dropped pass gave possession back to Welsh. The pressure started to show at this point, with both sides making handling errors. Welsh then reverted to their kicking game, kicking to the left wing. However, a good last ditch tackle by winger Jess Mourad, drove the opposite winger off the field. At half-time the score stood at 5-0 to London Welsh, with both sides knowing they had everything to play for.

The second half started much the same way with both sides trying to dictate play and pace. Camberley's mauling improved and Welsh started to kick for distance instead. This was quickly seized upon by Camberley who gathered the ball and won the resulting maul. A scrum ensued and fly-half Goldsmith set up inside centre Denise Walsh up for a switch - taking the ball back down field. Unfortunately Camberley were unable to retain possession but effective hassling by scrum-half Siobhan Brooks and good tackling, particularly by flanker Sarah Foley, kept the opposition from regaining momentum. Welsh recycled well and some quick passing led to an uncoverted try. Having gathered momentum, they tried to wheel the scrums but Camberley forwards refused to give them any ground. When they did get the ball, Welsh took their opportunities well, scoring twice more before the final whistle. Camberley attacked again and excellent running, including two sprints by winger Allison Bethwaite, gained them valuable ground. However the opposition's defence remained in tact, refusing Camberley points. Final score 20-nil to London Welsh.

Forward of the match went to flanker Sarah Foley for her defensive work and back of the match went to winger Allison Bethwaite for her dynamic running. Camberley now look to the sevens season - the first tournament being the Windsor Sevens next Sunday.

Camberley Ladies are continuing to recruit players of all abilities. If you fancy taking up a new and fun sport which builds up your fitness, please contact the Captain Charlie Wildman on 07985 357602 or on Ruggerbabe@aol.com.

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