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Your News Witney 41 - Wallingford 5

Superb effort from the whole squad and seven tries was the result of fine

teamwork and work ethic which left coaches Harper and Campbell very pleased. The

tempo came right from kick off as Wallingford failed to secure and Witney won

the ball, spun wide and Owen Fowler almost got over. Wallingford gave away a

panalty and Witney kicked to the corner, secured the lineout and drove over with

hooker Sam Collins being the scorer. Henry Lamb nailed the conversion to leave

Witney 7 up in a couple of minutes. Carl Strutt's try came five minutes later.

also converted and it was all Witney. They missed a chance for a third score

soon after and this gave Wallingford a window of opportunity and the visitors

got into the match for 15 minutes but kicked poorly and rarely threatened

despite winning plenty of ball. They scored just before halftime with a disputed

try and their lineout looked far from straight and then their player seemed to

have Gareth Campbell between the ground and the ball but a try was given. Just

after halftime, Witney had their own stroke of luck as a wayward pass left

everyone flat footed and an attempted kick through saw the ball pop nicely to

Phil Gouldie who cruised over. Further tries came from skipper James Lamb, a 20

metre effort from Joe Rowles, a great pass for Gouldie's second and a superb

team effort for Strutt's brace.

1st XV

Thomas, Gouldie, *Lamb(J), Strutt, Monks, Lamb(H), Campbell(G): Fuller, Collins

(S), Richens, Fowleer, Copperwheat(M), Hicks(J), Campbell(C), Rowles

Repl: Richardson(Fuller-55), Caffekey(Rowles-65), Lambourne(Gouldie-70)


A suberb win for the lads and seven tries says something about the extra fitness

of the squad this season. I said if last week and I'll say it again. lets not

get carried away as there will be tougher matches ahead and we have yet to

travel but it was a fine effort. Talking to Ed from the Oxford Mail after, he

said no stars but a fine team effort and that is about right. All the players

now have others chomping at the bit for their position (or soon will have) and

that is very healthy. Jez Hicks had a lively game and the Lamby's combined well

all match. Its not about individuals though, its about the team ethic and win,

lose or draw, long may that continue! Away at Buckingham next week will really

see what the boys are made of.

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