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D Sadler (2)
P Dawes
P Dawes (2)
Sat 10 Mar 14:00 - South West Division - Southern Counties North Full time

Victory with final kick of the game

Wallingford sealed a hard fought victory with the final kick of the game away to Stow-on-the-Wold

Wallingford made the long journey to Stow-on-the-Wold for their first game in three weeks. In selection, Carl Tappin and Conner Murphy returned to the starting lineup whilst Max Suttner came in for Jack Edwards as Phil Dawes reverted to scrum-half.

The game kicked off with a strong cross-wind and light rain on a heavy pitch. With large patches of standing water down one side, conditions were going to be difficult for both sides.

Stow started the brighter and were soon on the scoreboard following a break down the right wing, the try converted (7-0). Wallingford looked to get back into the game immediately and soon found themselves in the Stow 22 following a penalty to touch before a driving maul took them up to the Stow line, only to be pulled down just short. From the penalty Wallingford pressured the line but eventually Stow managed to clear.

It was not long before Wallingford scored their first try though as a break and fly hack from Dan Sadler saw him make good ground before collecting to cross in the corner, Dawes missing the conversion (7-5).

Shortly after, both sides were reduced to 14 men following a bit of handbags and it was during this period Stow managed to apply some pressure as Wallingford fell foul of the referee, eventually crossing for an unconverted try (12-5).

With parity at scrum time and dominance in the lineout, Wallingford again returned up field and after several good driving phases, Sadler spotted a gap from the base of a ruck to cross, Dawes converting from out wide to bring the scores level going into half time (12-12) HT.

The second half was dominated by the referees whistle and errors from both sides as conditions worsened. Wallingford dominated possession and territory but could not turn pressure into points, having a try ruled out for crossing and failing to convert another couple of breaks as the Stow defence held firm. They were able to again take the lead with a Phil Dawes penalty though (15-12).

Into the final 15 minutes and a turning point in the game as Nathan Chapman was yellow carded for a second late hit of the game, allowing Stow to level the scores (15-15). With a man advantage, the pressure was on the away side but they continued to dig deep and hold Stow out.

As Chapman returned Wallingford again had a couple of chances which were not converted as the worsening conditions made handling very difficult. Into the final minutes and a knock on from Wallingford inside the Stow 22 looked to have sealed the game as a draw, however from the resultant scrum, the Stow flyhalf dropped the ball whilst looking to clear and with a player from an offside position gathering it, Wallingford were awarded a penalty in front of the posts which Phil Dawes kicked to seal victory (18-15) FT.

Next week Wallingford travel to league leaders Beaconsfield for their re-arranged fixture.

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John Hayden

Player of the Match

John Hayden

Key moments

Try Dan Sadler scores for Wallingford
Try Dan Sadler scores for Wallingford
Conversion Phil Dawes kicks a conversion for Wallingford
Penalty Phil Dawes kicks a penalty for Wallingford
Penalty Phil Dawes kicks a penalty for Wallingford


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80:00 Penalty 0 - 18
Phil Dawes kicks a penalty for Wallingford
80:00 Player of the Match
John Hayden is awarded player of the match for Wallingford
65:00 Yellow Card
Nathan Chapman is yellow carded for Wallingford
60:00 Penalty 0 - 15
Phil Dawes kicks a penalty for Wallingford
End of period 1
30:00 Yellow Card
Jack Greenway is yellow carded for Wallingford
20:00 Try 0 - 10
Dan Sadler scores for Wallingford
20:00 Conversion 0 - 12
Phil Dawes kicks a conversion for Wallingford
10:00 Try 0 - 5
Dan Sadler scores for Wallingford
10:00 Missed Conversion
Phil Dawes misses a conversion for Wallingford
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As it happened

  • Stow-on-the-Wold
  • Wallingford
  • 0
  • Dan Sadler Try 10:00'
  • Dan Sadler Try 20:00'
  • Phil Dawes Conversion 20:00'
  • Jack Greenway Yellow Card 30:00'
  • Phil Dawes Penalty 60:00'
  • Nathan Chapman Yellow Card 65:00'
  • Phil Dawes Penalty 80:00'

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Beaconsfield 22 104
2. Windsor 22 90
3. Buckingham 22 88
4. Aylesbury 22 72
5. Thatcham 22 68
6. Wallingford 22 61
7. Reading 22 57