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Reading Abbey
High Wycombe
G Dampies (2), M Beckly, G House (2)
Full time
D Garces de Marcilla (2)
Sat 28 Oct 15:00 - South West Division - Southern Counties North

5 tries brings winning bonus points

Abbey move up to 4th in League

A five try winning bonus point win saw Abbey move up to fourth slot in the league in a performance that came good in the second half.
Abbey had the better start, penetrating runs from young winger Remi Norville, no 8 Mike Beckley who was man of the match, and full back Jules Greenaway keeping the visitors busy defending. 6 minutes gone, and Abbey struck. Wycs’ were defending a scrummage 10 metres from their line and under pressure their clearance kick was charged down by Beckley and Dampies in the centre was quick to grab the touch down, with Diego de Marcilla Bahlsen adding the extra points.
It was 20 minutes into play that Wycs began to compete and press into Abbey territory, but just when Abbey seemed set to counter attack a careless pass was intercepted by prop Rob Johnson who showed a good turn of pace from the half way line to touch down beneath the posts providing an easy conversion for outside Joe Openshaw. Lifted by the score Wycs continued to have the better of the play and due reward came 7 minutes later when flanker Charlie Edwards burrowed over from a maul to put the visitors in front.
The initiative remained with the visitors and the Rosehill faithful were concerned when outside half Tom Burns took a team yellow card for deliberately going offside after the referee had given Abbey a general warning for consistent offending in defence.
So, a half of mixed fortunes for Abbey turned round with the visitors 12-7 up, and the home side down to 14 men.
Abbey started brightly and having secured scrum from the kick off the ball was moved to the left where Dampies created some space to feed back inside to Richard King who returned the ball to Dampies to put him away for a well worked try starting from inside their own half ; de Marcilla Bahlsen converting from the touch line.
Showing some consistency despite Head Coach Fungai using all his replacements at last Abbey never looked back ; their scrummage had the edge and with their line out secure in the hands of Treacle Knights it took two tries from flanker George House to bag the bonus points.
Although Wycs took a late consolation try from full back Andy Easton converted by Openshaw, it was the home side who had the last word with a penalty goal from de Marcilla Bahlsen.
Team : Postlethwaite, Toland, Charlton, Knights, Shaw, G House, E House, Beckley, Bevan, Burns, Norville, Mitchell, Dampies, de Marcilla Bahlsen, Greenaway, reps ( all used) King, Bradfield, Gingell.
Referee Ritchie Denver, Berkshire

Key moments

3:00
Try Gavin Dampies scores for Reading Abbey
4:00
Conversion Diego Garces de Marcilla kicks a conversion for Reading Abbey
41:00
Try Gavin Dampies scores for Reading Abbey
43:00
Conversion Diego Garces de Marcilla kicks a conversion for Reading Abbey
50:00
Try Michael Beckly scores for Reading Abbey
64:00
Try George House scores for Reading Abbey
71:00
Try George House scores for Reading Abbey

Highlights

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71:00 Try 29 - 0
George House scores for Reading Abbey
64:00 Try 24 - 0
George House scores for Reading Abbey
60:00 Sub On
Nick Bradfield is substituted on for Reading Abbey
50:00 Try 19 - 0
Michael Beckly scores for Reading Abbey
43:00 Conversion 14 - 0
Diego Garces de Marcilla kicks a conversion for Reading Abbey
41:00 Try 12 - 0
Gavin Dampies scores for Reading Abbey
40:00 Sub On
Richard King is substituted on for Reading Abbey
End of period 1
30:00 Sub On
Charlie Gingell is substituted on for Reading Abbey
4:00 Conversion 7 - 0
Diego Garces de Marcilla kicks a conversion for Reading Abbey
3:00 Try 5 - 0
Gavin Dampies scores for Reading Abbey
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As it happened

  • Reading Abbey
  • High Wycombe
  • 0
  • Gavin Dampies Try 3:00'
  • Diego Garces de Marcilla Conversion 4:00'
  • Charlie Gingell Sub On 30:00'
  • Richard King Sub On 40:00'
  • Gavin Dampies Try 41:00'
  • Diego Garces de Marcilla Conversion 43:00'
  • Michael Beckly Try 50:00'
  • Nick Bradfield Sub On 60:00'
  • George House Try 64:00'
  • George House Try 71:00'

Team selection

Greenaway, Jules Greenaway, Jules
Garces de Marcilla, Diego Garces de Marcilla, Diego
Dampies, Gavin Dampies, Gavin
Mitchell, Ben Mitchell, Ben
Norville, Remi Norville, Remi
Burns, Tom Burns, Tom
Bevan, Will Bevan, Will
Beckly, Michael Beckly, Michael
House, George House, George
House, Ed House, Ed
Shaw, Chris Shaw, Chris
Knights, Treacle Knights, Treacle
Postlethwaite, Adam Postlethwaite, Adam
Toland, Mark Toland, Mark
Charlton, Ollie Charlton, Ollie

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Beaconsfield 10 44
2. Buckingham 10 42
3. Windsor 10 34
4. Aylesbury 10 34
5. Thatcham 10 31
6. Reading Abbey 10 30
7. Wallingford 10 24

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