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First XV - Match centre

I Jeffreys, D Sadler
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P Dawes
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Penalty Try
Sat 24 Mar 14:00 - South West Division - Southern Counties North Full time

Firsts Win Again Against Thatcham

Wallingford did the double against a decent Thatcham side as they edged a hard fought encounter in front of a VP crowd.

Wallingford welcomed Thatcham to the Croft on a mild March day. In selection, Jack Greenway returned to the front row after his Swedish adventure, whilst in the backs, Dan Sadler returned to the side and there was a rare sighting of Harry Robins on the wing, finally released by Iceland to play.
Thatcham, who have had a good season to date, started the game well, as they camped in the Wallingford twenty-two for the opening quarter, but Wallingford's relentless defence held out.
Then in almost their first visit to the Thatcham half, the visitors infringed at the breakdown and Phil Dawes kicked the first points of the match.
Wallingford then had their own purple patch, as they squeezed two more kickable penalties out of Thatcham, both of which Dawes converted to give Wallingford a 9-0 lead.
Thatcham came back, and after several catch and drives were resisted, they earned a somewhat questionable penalty try from a five meter scrum.
With that, the half ended 9-7 to the hosts.
The second half saw the game really come to life, as both sides looked to move the ball and open the game up. Wallingford soon extended their lead, after a good offload off the deck put Ian Jeffreys in space and he finished well in the corner under pressure. The conversion was missed.
Thatcham then came back, stretching Wallingford's defence before putting their impressive full back in space on the right for an unconverted try, to reduce the deficit to just two points.
There was a slightly strange moment in one of the scrums, when Jack Greenway, possibly having consumed a few alcoholic beverages the night before, brought back up his breakfast sausages at the point of engagement. Pure class that man.
As the game entered the final quarter, Wallingford scored the try of the game. Off set piece ball on half way, the ball was moved right, linking several sets of hands from both forwards and backs, timing their passes to perfection, before Sam Botting gave the scoring pass to Dan Sadler who finished brilliantly in the corner. Phil Dawes continued to impressive display with a crucial touchline conversion.
Despite losing their charming fly-half to the bin for his now obligatory back chat to the ref, Thatcham stayed in the game and scored from the penultimate act of the game, as a good cut out pass set up a try out wide. But when Wallingford secured the restart, the game was over.

This was another good win against a decent Thatcham outfit. Thatcham have probably the best set-piece in the league, but credit to the Wallingford pack, they contained them at the scrum and found parity in the line-out. And yet again, Wallingford's defence and fitness came good, as they kept going right up to the final whistle.
There were some good displays from Jeffreys, Dawes and Tappin, but man of the match went to stalwart Pete Holton, who put in a big defensive display in the midfield.

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Pete Holton

Player of the Match

Pete Holton

Key moments

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


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80:00 Player of the Match
Pete Holton is awarded player of the match for Wallingford
79:00 Try 21 - 15
Try for Thatcham
68:00 Yellow Card
Yellow card for Thatcham
65:00 Sub On
Tom Hill is substituted on for Wallingford
65:00 Conversion 21 - 10
Phil Dawes kicks a conversion for Wallingford
65:00 Sub Off
Conner Murphy is substituted off for Wallingford
64:00 Try Assist
Sam Botting makes an assist for Wallingford
64:00 Try 19 - 10
Dan Sadler scores for Wallingford
60:00 Try 14 - 10
Try for Thatcham
51:00 Missed Conversion
Phil Dawes misses a conversion for Wallingford
50:00 Sub Off
John Hayden is substituted off for Wallingford
50:00 Sub On
David Baxter is substituted on for Wallingford
50:00 Try 14 - 5
Ian Jeffreys scores for Wallingford
45:00 Sub On
Jack Edwards is substituted on for Wallingford
45:00 Sub Off
Barry Bobins is substituted off for Wallingford
End of period 1
35:00 Penalty Try
Penalty try awarded to Thatcham
30:00 Penalty 9 - 0
Phil Dawes kicks a penalty for Wallingford
25:00 Penalty 6 - 0
Phil Dawes kicks a penalty for Wallingford
20:00 Penalty 3 - 0
Phil Dawes kicks a penalty for Wallingford
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Wallingford
  • Thatcham
  • 0
  • Phil Dawes Penalty 20:00'
  • Phil Dawes Penalty 25:00'
  • Phil Dawes Penalty 30:00'
  • Penalty Try 35:00'
  • Jack Edwards Sub On 45:00'
  • Barry Bobins Sub Off 45:00'
  • Ian Jeffreys Try 50:00'
  • David Baxter Sub On 50:00'
  • John Hayden Sub Off 50:00'
  • Try 60:00'
  • Dan Sadler Try 64:00'
  • Sam Botting Try Assist 64:00'
  • Phil Dawes Conversion 65:00'
  • Tom Hill Sub On 65:00'
  • Conner Murphy Sub Off 65:00'
  • Yellow Card 68:00'
  • Try 79:00'

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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