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1st XV - Match centre

Basildon II
Witham
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Tries
M Vidler (2), d chesson, M Harrison (2)
Unknown, Unknown
Conversions
C Gibson
Penalties
J Westwood
Sat 22 Sep 15:00 - The Shepherd Neame Essex Merit Table - Division 3 Full time

Battling performance

This was the best performance by Witham for some time and it was Basildon who were relieved to hear the final whistle.

Witham visited Basildon 2nds on a lovely wet rugby day. In the slippery conditions, a few errors were made early on but it was the hosts that managed to take the lead through their larger pack. When the Witham forwards were using their runners, they made good ground and set up a platform for the backs. Just when the opposition thought Captain Michael Harrison would charge into contact, he passed it wide. Quick hands by josh Taplin and Marley Valentine gave Michael Vidler a race to the line which he won to open Witham's account. From the re-start, Witham got back into an attacking position. When a penalty was awarded 20 yards out, Jake Westwood slotted it to take the lead. The home side were not pleased and over the next 10 minutes managed to score 3 times to build a lead for themselves. Then came the try of the day. Seeing Vidler clear on the wing, Charlie "cricket" Gibson had to check his run before delivering a perfect kick to the winger. With a clean catch, Vidler stepped inside the defender and dived for the line before the cover tackles could reach him. Westwood converted but Basildon scored again before the break
to lead 27-15.
The second half saw Basildon score to extend their lead but as the half went on, Witham were pressing harder. A scrum on the 22 saw Harrison pick up and offload to Daz Chesson who went on one of his jinking runs. Evading several tackles, he crossed the line. A few minutes later, Witham mauled to within a few meters of the line for Harrison to break off and score. With Gibson slotting the tricky conversion, the home supporters were nervously working out the score. As Witham pressed, a Basildon break saw a try that looked like it would seal the result for the home side, but Witham were not done yet. Another rolling maul was controlled well to get Harrison close enough to burst over the line. Another Gibson conversion brought the difference to just 4 points. With the last play of the game, Witham spun the ball wide, using Jon Beales from full back as the extra man, but the home defence did just enough to halt the attack. Man of the match was Witham debutant Charlie Gibson, whose control from the fly half position gave the attack numerous options.
Next week,
1st XV home v Millwall 2nds
2nd XV home v Writtle 2nds

Key moments

4:00
Try Try for Basildon II
9:00
Try Michael Vidler scores for Witham
12:00
Penalty Jake Westwood kicks a penalty for Witham
16:00
Try Try for Basildon II
26:00
Try Try for Basildon II
31:00
Try Try for Basildon II
34:00
Try Michael Vidler scores for Witham
39:00
Try Try for Basildon II
40:00
Conversion Conversion for Basildon II
47:00
Try Try for Basildon II
48:00
Conversion Conversion for Basildon II
53:00
Try darryl chesson scores for Witham
61:00
Try Michael Harrison scores for Witham
67:00
Try Try for Basildon II
75:00
Try Michael Harrison scores for Witham
76:00
Conversion Charlie Gibson kicks a conversion for Witham

Highlights

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76:00 Conversion 39 - 30
Charlie Gibson kicks a conversion for Witham
75:00 Try 39 - 28
Michael Harrison scores for Witham
67:00 Try 39 - 23
Try for Basildon II
61:00 Try 34 - 23
Michael Harrison scores for Witham
53:00 Try 34 - 18
darryl chesson scores for Witham
48:00 Conversion 34 - 13
Conversion for Basildon II
47:00 Try 32 - 13
Try for Basildon II
End of period 1
40:00 Conversion 27 - 13
Conversion for Basildon II
39:00 Try 25 - 13
Try for Basildon II
34:00 Try 20 - 13
Michael Vidler scores for Witham
31:00 Try 20 - 8
Try for Basildon II
26:00 Try 15 - 8
Try for Basildon II
16:00 Try 10 - 8
Try for Basildon II
12:00 Penalty 5 - 8
Jake Westwood kicks a penalty for Witham
9:00 Try 5 - 5
Michael Vidler scores for Witham
4:00 Try 5 - 0
Try for Basildon II
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As it happened

  • Basildon II
  • Witham
  • 0
  • Try 4:00'
  • Michael Vidler Try 9:00'
  • Jake Westwood Penalty 12:00'
  • Try 16:00'
  • Try 26:00'
  • Try 31:00'
  • Michael Vidler Try 34:00'
  • Try 39:00'
  • Conversion 40:00'
  • Try 47:00'
  • Conversion 48:00'
  • darryl chesson Try 53:00'
  • Michael Harrison Try 61:00'
  • Try 67:00'
  • Michael Harrison Try 75:00'
  • Charlie Gibson Conversion 76:00'

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League table

# 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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