Arm Wrestle Win.
Witham welcomed May and Baker to Spa Road this week in their first home game of the season.
Having struggled with injuries full credit must first be given to the May & Baker team for turning up with a depleted squad and for providing the challenge they did.
Early scores went Bakers’ way in a hotly contested opening 15 minutes. Having found themselves on the wrong end of the score line during last week’s fixture and Witham were determined not to let another game slip through their fingers. A great turn over and line break from Captain Michael Harrison lead to winger Rob Bennett being released for his first of the game. Sure enough, a determined May & Baker returned the favour by crossing the whitewash after some smash and grab forward play.
In what can only be considered as a freak deflection coupled with some brilliant reactions hot heeled winger Rob Bennett was through again after catching a tipped box kick in the May & Baker half. The conversion by the versatile Jake Westwood added to the score to bring Witham back into contention as the end of the first half drew near.
The start of the second half was a tough affair. A mix of handling errors, loose play and penalties ensure the games pace slowed. It was Witham who adapted to the change of pace first though. Michael Harrison storming his way, from the back of a strong scrum, the forward-back hybrid Westwood again converting from wide. Witham’s discipline cost them dear in the next 10 minutes of the match. A wave of penalties resulted in some good territory for May & Baker and soon they crossed the whitewash again. Defiant, and tasting their first victory of the season, Witham kept possession and worked their way down field, initiated by a smart break from outside centre Luke Stanbridge. Points were once again on the menu, this time for the slippery scrum half Daz Chesson who slipped through a gap in the Baker defence when at the ruck. Further scores through Harrison and now centre Westwood ensured Witham the victory despite an end of game lapse from the Witham defence to allow May & Baker the final play & points of the game.
Head Coach Josh Knights addressed the victory with both praise and caution after the game. “We got the win but we need to be better. We’ve improved our work rate from last week but we still lapsed a little in parts of the game. I’ll take it for now but we’re still going to need to improve on that aspect.”
Witham see league action again next week away at Basildon. As ever, support will be welcome to watch Witham go for their second victory of the year.
Written by Jon Beales