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Old Millhillians(L)
Uxbridge RFC
Sat 1 Dec 14:15 - League Full time

Bridge put in spirited performance on the road at Old Millhillians

Bridge come away on wrong end of 22-3 score line despite gallant effort.

Uxbridge returned to league action after a tough last game out at Reeds Weybridge to take on an Old Millhillians side that have been doing well in the league and looking to cement their place near the top going into Christmas.

The opening exchanges of the game were fast and furious and it was clear it was going to be a real physical battle up-front. The forwards saw much of the ball with Mark Coles, Adam Jenkins, Simon Coldwell, Tom Redrup and Niall McLoughlin all probing the home side’s defensive line.

Being wet and muddy underfoot the game was scrappy at times but the first twenty minutes there was nothing between the team as play stayed in the middle of the park. The home side eventually found an extra gear and with some good fortune, scored their opening two tries. On the stroke of half-time, after some good pressure, Bridge replied with a penalty that Sean McAndrew slotted to get the Bridge account up and running.

The second half was similarly cagey and with not much in it despite a few sin bins (two for OM’s and one for Bridge) creating more space and requiring some changes in the ranks, Bridge regularly got penalties but found the OM defence held firm and unable to break through. Men-of-the-match Dean Poland and Adriano Martins were both outstanding throughout- resolute in defence and a constant nuisance at the breakdown.

Will Searle and Kyle Buckingham were also their usual selves making jinking, marauding runs and after two further sin-bins for the home side, a penalty and with two minutes to go, OM’s worked the ball wide to add their third try and take the final score to 22-3. Bridge were denied a try right at the death- but one could not fault the effort and heart put into the performance from 1-16.

Uxbridge finish their 2018 games next week at home to West London (First XV) and Second XV away to Grasshoppers Third XV. Both kick-offs 14:30.

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