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First XV - Match centre

Wallingford
Aylesbury
I Jeffreys, M Fearn
Tries
P Dawes (2)
Conversions
P Dawes (2)
Penalties
Sat 21 Apr TBC - South West Division - Southern Counties North Full time

Firsts End Season With Victory Over Aylesbury

A much changed Wallingford side put in a solid performance to end the season with a victory over fourth placed Aylesbury.

On a warm Saturday afternoon Wallingford welcomed Aylesbury to the Hithercroft for the final league game of the season.
In selection, Wallingford were without regulars Tom Swainston and Sam Botting, but were able to welcome back stalwart Pete Holton to the side, as well as bringing in George Marffy and Matt Fearn from the 2s.
Wallingford started well for once, and soon found themselves with a five meter scrum, which, with the weighty second row of Ed Searle and Carl Tappin, marched their opponents over their own line, allowing Ian Jeffreys to dot down for his 14th try of the season, a career best following another fine season. With Dawes' conversion Wallingford took an early 7 point lead.
Aylesbury came back into the game, with their line-out operating well and providing lots of good ball for their young back line. They created several early chances as they spread the ball wide to their pacey back three, but a combination of poor hands and excellent scramble defence, from Dan Sadler in particular, denied them a try.
They did eventually earn a penalty which their winger struck well to convert and reduce arrears to 4 points.
Aylesbury continued to apply pressure, and missed two ambitious penalty kicks, before Wallingford scored their second try. With the ball moved left just outside the visitors' twenty two, old square boots Pete Holton put in a delicate chip over the top and with the bounce causing havoc in the Aylesbury defence, Matt Fearn seized on the loose ball to score his first try for the 1st XV.
Half time came with Wallingford leading 14-3 (I think).
Aylesbury started the second half strongly, and applied concerted pressure on the hosts, which culminated in a team yellow for Dave Baxter.
During this period they did finally cross the whitewash, but the kick from the left was sliced well wide.
Having soaked up lots of pressure, Wallingford cleared their lines following a monumental break from Jeffreys from his own twenty two. From this, Wallingford grew in confidence and earned two penalties, both of which Phil Dawes converted to extend their lead. The second of which surprised Phil himself as he boomed it over from just inside the Aylesbury half.
Aylesbury came again, and just as they looked to have opened up Wallingford, a Pete Holton hand intervened to kill the move, and the veteran was rightly sin-binned for the offence.
An Aylesbury penalty took the visitors to double figures, before a well struck Dawes penalty cancelled it out. Dawes then had the chance to kill the game off with probably the easiest penalty of the lot, but his miss meant that Aylesbury still had a sniff.
A late Aylesbury score brought them within 5 points, but Wallingford kept their composure and closed the game out for a satisfying win.

Considering the changes to the side, this was a decent performance from Wallingford. Although the backs struggled to click, their defence was excellent, with Holton, Marffy, Suttner and Sadler doing a superb job in containing a pacey Aylesbury backline, whilst the forwards dominance in the scrum was lovely to see.
There were plenty of contenders for MoM, but it went to Jack Greenway, who put in a typically physical and aggressive display, and dominated his opposite number in the scrum.

1st XV v Aylesbury ~ 21 April 2018
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Jack Greenway

Player of the Match

Jack Greenway

Key moments

5:00
Try Ian Jeffreys scores for Wallingford
6:00
Conversion Phil Dawes kicks a conversion for Wallingford
35:00
Try Matt Fearn scores for Wallingford
36:00
Conversion Phil Dawes kicks a conversion for Wallingford
50:00
Penalty Phil Dawes kicks a penalty for Wallingford
65:00
Penalty Phil Dawes kicks a penalty for Wallingford

Videos and photos

1st XV v Aylesbury ~ 21 April 2018
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Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Jack Greenway is awarded player of the match for Wallingford
65:00 Penalty 20 - 0
Phil Dawes kicks a penalty for Wallingford
62:00 Yellow Card
Pete Holton is yellow carded for Wallingford
60:00 Sub On
Tom Hill is substituted on for Wallingford
60:00 Sub Off
Nathan Chapman is substituted off for Wallingford
50:00 Sub Off
Matt Fearn is substituted off for Wallingford
50:00 Penalty 17 - 0
Phil Dawes kicks a penalty for Wallingford
End of period 1
36:00 Conversion 14 - 0
Phil Dawes kicks a conversion for Wallingford
35:00 Try Assist
Pete Holton makes an assist for Wallingford
35:00 Try 12 - 0
Matt Fearn scores for Wallingford
30:00 Yellow Card
David Baxter is yellow carded for Wallingford
6:00 Conversion 7 - 0
Phil Dawes kicks a conversion for Wallingford
5:00 Try 5 - 0
Ian Jeffreys scores for Wallingford
5:00 Try Assist
Joe Drew makes an assist for Wallingford
5:00 Try Assist
David Baxter makes an assist for Wallingford
5:00 Try Assist
Carl Tappin makes an assist for Wallingford
5:00 Try Assist
Edward Searle makes an assist for Wallingford
5:00 Try Assist
Nathan Chapman makes an assist for Wallingford
5:00 Try Assist
Jack Greenway makes an assist for Wallingford
5:00 Try Assist
James Norris makes an assist for Wallingford
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Wallingford
  • Aylesbury
  • 0
  • Ian Jeffreys Try 5:00'
  • James Norris Try Assist 5:00'
  • Jack Greenway Try Assist 5:00'
  • Joe Drew Try Assist 5:00'
  • Edward Searle Try Assist 5:00'
  • Carl Tappin Try Assist 5:00'
  • Nathan Chapman Try Assist 5:00'
  • David Baxter Try Assist 5:00'
  • Phil Dawes Conversion 6:00'
  • David Baxter Yellow Card 30:00'
  • Matt Fearn Try 35:00'
  • Pete Holton Try Assist 35:00'
  • Phil Dawes Conversion 36:00'
  • Matt Fearn Sub Off 50:00'
  • Phil Dawes Penalty 50:00'
  • Tom Hill Sub On 60:00'
  • Nathan Chapman Sub Off 60:00'
  • Pete Holton Yellow Card 62:00'
  • Phil Dawes Penalty 65:00'

Team selection

Sadler, Dan Sadler, Dan
Fearn, Matt Fearn, Matt
Marffy, George Marffy, George
Holton, Pete Holton, Pete
Suttner, Max Suttner, Max
Dawes, Phil Dawes, Phil
Jeffreys, Ian Jeffreys, Ian
Chapman, Nathan Chapman, Nathan
Baxter, David Baxter, David
Tappin, Carl Tappin, Carl
Searle, Edward Searle, Edward
Greenway, Jack Greenway, Jack
Norris, James Norris, James
Drew, Joe Drew, Joe

League round up

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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

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