Abbey IV's v High Wycombe III's
Another bonus point win lifts Abbey to joint top
Abbey were happy to host a youthful High Wycombe side after the visitors had an unfortunate fire at their clubhouse.
The home side knew a win could see them top the table for the first time this season - and were aiming to build on a good win and performance against Marlow the week before.
Abbey showed their attacking intent from the start producing quick ball for their eager backs. But wet conditions and a heavy pitch made handling difficult and a number of clear chances went begging.
BB (Vunipola) Mikey made his birthday debut at 8 and started some good blindside moves which made plenty of ground.
Abbey's centre partnership of Jon (Scarback) Neil and Paul (Skinny T's) Miller punched repeated holes in the defensive line. If I remember correctly the first try came from such a break which put Peter (Soft Hands) Cooke clean through, and if I do say so myself, instead of going himself he floated a lovely ball to the impressive Jared (Life Changed) Sherburb to finish off.
Abbey continued to dominate the set piece with Richard (Greek God) Smith and Lee (Rock Star) Buller playing important roles. The team were well marshalled by Scott (great counter rucking and body position, don't worry Scotty I saw it) Dewar and Dave (big nose Dan Carter) Anfield.
Paul (needs duck grease to get into them) Miller finished off a fine 40 metre run after being put clean through.
Jared (wheels) Sherburb got his second after Jon (butterfingers ) Neil decided he didn't want to score and collect the flags and I've been reliably informed new recruit Matt (finisher) Seabourne got the bonus point score.
Tireless work from experienced workhorses Allan (Dong) Boswell and Dave (Hardnut) Robinson made a great impact.
The half time message was clear...the game should be regarded as 0-0 and it was a point of principle not to let High Wycombe score.
Max (doesn't need any support) Courtnage got Abbey's fifth before the visitors started to put the pressure on.
A series of penalties brought them close to Abbey's line - but they were held up four to five times by some sterling defence before one of their big forwards crashed over.
As the skies darkened and the pitch became even boggier Abbey gained a one man advantage after High Wycombe, who'd only arrived with 15, lost another man to injury.
The home side made the extra man count with Jared (Savea) Sherburb scoring the best of his hatrick rounding and holding off some would be tacklers.
Oli (sideways) Glass got Abbey's seventh from close range. Scott (Willis) Dewar maintained his excellent conversion rate all afternoon.
Thanks to everyone who came to support and came out for a great Social Squad night.
Abbey 47 v High Wycombe 5
MOTM:- Jared Hatrick Hero
DOTD:- Birthday boy Mikey...just because.