Southam 24 - 41 Banbury
Southam much better in return match
Considering Southam lost only 3 weeks ago 48 nil to Banbury this was a vast improvement all round.
Banbury arrived with a very large squad of 24 players including a number of Oxfordshire county players however Southam with a couple of county players were pleased to see the return of a number of their key players that had a dramatic impact on the result.
Southam started nervously giving their opponents far too much respect and space and they used this to good effect however Southam's early defence held firm and for 10 minutes the sides remained locked. Banbury though continued to pick away at it and their continuity and off load in the tackle enabled them to pierce the Southam defence which opened up occasionally through poor communication rather than lack of individual skill.
Banbury though were able to score 4 tries , 2 converted but Southam gained a token score in the final minutes from Charlie Munro who subsequently converted to take the half time score to 7:24.
Banbury made multiple changes which upset their rhythm and Southam entered their best period allowing them to score a couple of tries from captain Bay Toner and Mario Palmer one of which was converted by Munro.
Banbury then hit a purple patch and slipped through for another 3 tries, at this point Southam could have capitulated but instead they bounced back and scored the best try of the game from Peter Armstrong who ran from his own 22 through 5 or 6 Banbury players to score a fine individual try.
FT 24 - 41
Overall a much better performance all round from Southam for whom Charlie Munro was called out as man of the match.
Southam have another Oxfordshire side next Saturday when Chipping Norton visit Kineton Road in a friendly fixture