Uxbridge loose to London Welsh Occies in end-to-end encounter
Uxbridge returned to league action at Old Deer Park scoring two tries to the hosts four
On a sunny but cold afternoon, Uxbridge made a familiar trip down to Kew to take on London Welsh Occies chasing a place in the end of season play-offs.
The game began with some meaty hits and challenges, and set the tone for the afternoon. It was clear both team had well drilled sets of forwards and pacey back lines including ex Wales international Sonny Parker in the London Welsh midfield.
Uxbridge opened the scoring as prop/flanker Tom Redrup who was superb all afternoon caused all manner of problems to the home sides defence with his rampaging runs, drove his way over the line after several phases driving forward from the other forwards. Scrum-half Matt Cowper was on kicking duty but sadly missed the conversion.
London Welsh replied almost immediately with a try of their own as their winger found himself on the end of an accidental clothesline challenge for which the referee awarded a penalty try. Welsh further extended their lead with another try from their rapid back line to tighten their hold on the game.
Uxbridge would not roll over and continued to hammer away at the Welsh line and had a couple of efforts held up, and were unfortunate in a few others with the last pass not quite sticking or London Welsh covering well. As half time drew nearer, Welsh further extended their lead with a good breakthrough to take the score to 19-5.
Uxbridge came out much the brighter side in the second half looking with strong carries from Redrup, Craig Monaghan and Sam Dillamore. Dillamore’s next action was to get his name on the score sheet with a trademark barrelling run through the Welsh defence to dot down. Again sadly the kick for extras was missed.
Uxbridge continued to rally and pull themselves back into the game and it came with some southern hemisphere flair and sleight of hand as fly-half Gary scooted over the line before adding the extras from his own score and set up a fascinating final 15 minutes.
With the game finely poised at 19-17, both teams were looking for a score and Welsh found it as their number 10 cut through the Uxbridge defence with a superb turn of pace and angle to record Welsh’s fourth try and take the final score to 26-17.
Next week, Saturday 3 March both teams are back in action at home with the First XV taking on Mill Hill at home (Kick-off 14:00) and the Second XV take on Whitton Lions (Kick-off- 14:00)