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2nds / Trinnovantes - Match centre

Witham II
Writtle Wanderers II
Unknown (3), N Frost
Full time
Unknown
A Coombs, J Cox, R Miller
Sat 3 Feb 14:30 - The Shepherd Neame Essex Merit Table - Division 6 East

Battling win

The game of the season saw the Mighty 2nds hang on for a hard but well deserved victory.

In perfect rugby conditions this game saw a very even contest. Writtle had some speedy backs but the Witham pack made sure they never got the ball going forward. Early on, Writtle had us pinned in our own 22. While we failed to clear when we got the ball, Witham were also ferocious with the tackles and kept driving them back. Once he'd remembered how to catch the ball Paul Cole tore away with an 80 yard gallop. When he was stopped just short of the line, we had a lineout in an attacking position. The Lineouts were good all day and this one was taken by Kevin "fingers" Hobden and the pack drove forward. Stopped short of the line, Lee Bywater looked left (his weak side) and picked out John Cox. A neat pop pass to Alex Beer saw the big centre bulldoze through to open the scoring. A Writtle injury saw them go to uncontested scrums and this would make a difference later on. The end of the first half saw Witham on the attack but couldn't manage to add to the score.
Early in the second half, Writtle were able to use the uncontested scrum to set up their backs from a stable platform. Their full back had pace a plenty and once they'd created the gap, he was able to motor through to score. Witham hit back from the restart, recovering the ball immediately and earning a penalty just inside the Writtle half. John Cox drilled the kick right into the corner for an attacking lineout. The forwards worked the ball well and when Nathan Frost got the ball a meter from the line, nobody was going to stop him. With Aaaron Coombs slotting the conversion, Witham had a 12 -5 lead. Our New recruit Harry was having a great game. Writtle must have hated him as he disrupted every one of their Lineouts. He capped his debut for Witham with a brilliant try. Big hits by Darren Smith and Lee Bywater had flattened a Writtle attack and with their players out of position, Witham capitalised with Steve Tilbury playing a huge role in the counter attack. Coxy tested the crossbar and post with the conversion to put us 19- 5 ahead. Writtle were still benefiting from stable scrums to launch their backs. This gave them 2 converted tries to level the scores again. With 15mins left, the Witham pack went back to a pick and drive surge, pushing us relentlessly forward. Finally we managed to find Lee Wilkey and he bullied his way over the line. Rich Miller also rattled the crossbar with the conversion but we were 26-19 ahead. The last 5 minutes saw us with our backs against the wall. Most Witham players will be nursing bruises from this period as bodies were thrown in front of waves of attack. When the final whistle went, a lot of old bodies freaked with relief. Man of the match was Darren Smith- some big hits but also a calm head when it was needed. Coley was tit of the week for his juggling skills.

Darren Smith

Player of the Match

Darren Smith

Key moments

20:00
Try Try for Witham II
55:00
Try Try for Writtle Wanderers II
60:00
Try Nathan Frost scores for Witham II
61:00
Conversion Aaron Coombs kicks a conversion for Witham II
65:00
Try Try for Witham II
66:00
Conversion John Cox kicks a conversion for Witham II
70:00
Try Try for Witham II
71:00
Conversion Richie Miller kicks a conversion for Witham II

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Darren Smith is awarded player of the match for Witham II
71:00 Conversion 26 - 5
Richie Miller kicks a conversion for Witham II
70:00 Try 24 - 5
Try for Witham II
66:00 Conversion 19 - 5
John Cox kicks a conversion for Witham II
65:00 Try 17 - 5
Try for Witham II
61:00 Conversion 12 - 5
Aaron Coombs kicks a conversion for Witham II
60:00 Try 10 - 5
Nathan Frost scores for Witham II
55:00 Try 5 - 5
Try for Writtle Wanderers II
End of period 1
20:00 Try 5 - 0
Try for Witham II
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Witham II
  • Writtle Wanderers II
  • 0
  • Try 20:00'
  • Try 55:00'
  • Nathan Frost Try 60:00'
  • Aaron Coombs Conversion 61:00'
  • Try 65:00'
  • John Cox Conversion 66:00'
  • Try 70:00'
  • Richie Miller Conversion 71:00'

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