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Sat 11 Nov 14:30 - League Full time

Uxbridge push Thamesians all the way in close-fought encounter

Uxbridge fall just short in gripping clash with high flying Thamesians

Uxbridge were back at home following a tough away trip to Mill Hill and were looking to put in a strong performance against Thamesians.

Thamesians had the better of the opening encounters with a pacey back line making inroads into the host’s defence racing into a two try lead, courtesy of some quick hands and poor tackling.

This whirred the home side into action in both attack and defence and with scrum half Ollie Seward calling the shots, the Uxbridge pack found themselves driving forward and making yards in the Thamesians half.

A penalty won by the forwards allowed fly-half Nick Guy to punt the ball into the corner to put the visitor’s line under pressure. An early Thamesians lift was penalised and with Niall Mcloughlin being held up agonisingly short, Seward snipped around the back and forced his way over the line. Guy added the extras. Thamesians replied with a try of their own to take the half time score to 18-7.

Uxbridge came out in the second half much the stronger of the two sides and enjoyed long spells of possession recycling the ball quickly and cleanly to gain good field position and continue making yards up front.

When on the back foot the hosts well organised defence held up firm and allowed no way through for the visitors with hits coming in from Guy, Mcloughlin, Dan Gardiner and Mark Coles to peg the Thamesians attack back.

Uxbridge continued to enjoy good spells of possession and after repeatedly knocking on the door of the visitors line, the ball was recycled to Nick Guy who barged his way over the line to register Uxbridge’s second try of the game. Sadly the conversion was missed.

As the final whistle beckoned Thamesians found themselves deep in the Uxbridge half but were getting no change from the hosts defence as Redrup, Tom Rainey and Guy continued making the tackles to stem the tide of attack. With the last play of the game, Thamesians forced their way over the line to deny Uxbridge a deserved losing bonus point and take the final score to 24-12.

Uxbridge can look back on a superb performance against a good side and be proud of their efforts. Neither team have a league game next week, with the First XV returning to action on Saturday 25 November against Finsbury Park (away, K.O-14:30) and the Second XV away to Whitton Lions (K.O- 14:30)

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