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1st XV - Match centre

Witham
May & Baker
M Harrison (2), R Bennett (2), d chesson, J Westwood
Tries
J Westwood (3)
Conversions
Sat 15 Sep 15:00 - The Shepherd Neame Essex Merit Table - Division 3 Full time

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

Quilter Kids First Skills Series: Rugby Netball

Key moments

20:00
Try Michael Harrison scores for Witham
20:00
Conversion Jake Westwood kicks a conversion for Witham
30:00
Try Robert Bennett scores for Witham
35:00
Try Robert Bennett scores for Witham
36:00
Conversion Jake Westwood kicks a conversion for Witham
45:00
Try Michael Harrison scores for Witham
50:00
Try darryl chesson scores for Witham
60:00
Try Jake Westwood scores for Witham
61:00
Conversion Jake Westwood kicks a conversion for Witham

Highlights

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61:00 Conversion 36 - 0
Jake Westwood kicks a conversion for Witham
60:00 Try 34 - 0
Jake Westwood scores for Witham
50:00 Try 29 - 0
darryl chesson scores for Witham
45:00 Try 24 - 0
Michael Harrison scores for Witham
End of period 1
36:00 Conversion 19 - 0
Jake Westwood kicks a conversion for Witham
35:00 Try 17 - 0
Robert Bennett scores for Witham
30:00 Try 12 - 0
Robert Bennett scores for Witham
20:00 Try 5 - 0
Michael Harrison scores for Witham
20:00 Conversion 7 - 0
Jake Westwood kicks a conversion for Witham
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As it happened

  • Witham
  • May & Baker
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  • Michael Harrison Try 20:00'
  • Jake Westwood Conversion 20:00'
  • Robert Bennett Try 30:00'
  • Robert Bennett Try 35:00'
  • Jake Westwood Conversion 36:00'
  • Michael Harrison Try 45:00'
  • darryl chesson Try 50:00'
  • Jake Westwood Try 60:00'
  • Jake Westwood Conversion 61:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
4. Eton Manor IV 6 17
5. Basildon II 6 15
6. Burnham On Crouch 7 15
7. South Woodham Ferrers II 6 13
8. Bancroft 7 12
9. Pegasus Palmerians 6 11
10. Witham 7 7

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