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2nd XV - Match centre

Writtle Wanderers II
Witham II
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Tries
N Frost, S Holloway (3), Unknown (3), A Beer, D Smith, M Vidler
Conversions
J Cox (5), M Vidler
Sat 12 Jan 14:00 - The Shepherd Neame Essex Merit Table - Division 6 East Full time

Scrappy victory

While the game was untidy, Witham's finishing was clinical to ensure we took the double over local rivals.

With both sides having struggled to get full teams, both sides were a bit unbalanced but ready to compete for everything. In spite of Writtle's bigger pack, the Witham scrum held its own. The opening try came from a scrum with Rich Miller picking up from the base. When he was halted a few yards (No it wasn't 40 metres Nathan), Frosty took it on and over to score. From the restart, Writlle had a spell of possession but could not break our defence. Once we had turned the ball over, Alex Beer made a break before passing to Sam Holloway who pounded through the last defenders to score. Writtle then enjoyed spending time in our 22. An unfortunate injury to Writtle's second row player halted the game for quite a while but when it restarted, the hosts were determined to get on the scoreboard. Having repelled several attacks, our defence was finally breached, closing the lead to just 5 points. At the restart, Vidler told Coxy where to place the kick. Coxy obliged and Vids made sure he got there. Having stolen possession, Witham once again let Sam blast his way through for his 10th try of the season. As the half came to a close, Ben Kennard capped his Witham debut with an excellent try. The winger came inside to collect a loose pass and showed great pace to beat his opposite number to the line.
A few changes were made at half time, and by the time we were 5 minutes into the half, Alex had finally counted to 14 and brought a player back onto to give us a full side again (so much for me having a little breather). Ben obviously likes scoring tries as he added another to his tally. Writtle managed to hussle us at the restart and got a scrum a few metres out. Although we held their pack, their runners managed to find the space to get through to score. Once again, we used Vidler at the restart and having stolen possession, we let Alex get his customary score. Writtle then scored a breakaway try as the game got more and more untidy. Vidler then tried a little chip and chase but was blocked off illegally. While he was still rolling along like an Italian footballer, Lee Bywater had strolled ahead to fetch the ball. He picked it up like a drunk who's dropped a kebab but as I yelled for the ball, he realised the quick penalty was on. I tapped the ball and fooled the defence into thinking I'd go right but popped it left to Darren Smith who tore through the gap to score from about 5.3metres (other reports vary from 25 metres to 3.6 miles). The next time Sam got the ball, there was no way he was passing. I'm sure I heard him mutter hatrick as he zoomed by to score. The final try was a lovely bit of interplay between the backs resulting in a well deserved try for Vidler to wrap up a 62-17 win.
I received an update on the injured player, Ian Douglas who some players will know. He has damaged both tendons in his knee and was due to have surgery. Our best wishes go to him as we never wish to see a Man go down.

Quilter Kids First Skills Series: 1x1 rip

Key moments

10:00
Try Nathan Frost scores for Witham II
15:00
Try Sam Holloway scores for Witham II
16:00
Conversion John Cox kicks a conversion for Witham II
20:00
Try Sam Holloway scores for Witham II
21:00
Conversion John Cox kicks a conversion for Witham II
31:00
Try Try for Writtle Wanderers II
38:00
Try Try for Witham II
39:00
Conversion John Cox kicks a conversion for Witham II
44:00
Try Try for Witham II
48:00
Try Alex Beer scores for Witham II
49:00
Conversion Michael Vidler kicks a conversion for Witham II
54:00
Try Try for Witham II
55:00
Conversion John Cox kicks a conversion for Witham II
61:00
Try Darren Smith scores for Witham II
67:00
Try Sam Holloway scores for Witham II
68:00
Conversion John Cox kicks a conversion for Witham II
79:00
Try Michael Vidler scores for Witham II

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Highlights

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79:00 Try 5 - 62
Michael Vidler scores for Witham II
68:00 Conversion 5 - 57
John Cox kicks a conversion for Witham II
67:00 Try 5 - 55
Sam Holloway scores for Witham II
61:00 Try 5 - 50
Darren Smith scores for Witham II
60:00 Try Assist
John Cox makes an assist for Witham II
55:00 Conversion 5 - 45
John Cox kicks a conversion for Witham II
54:00 Try 5 - 43
Try for Witham II
49:00 Conversion 5 - 38
Michael Vidler kicks a conversion for Witham II
48:00 Try 5 - 36
Alex Beer scores for Witham II
44:00 Try 5 - 31
Try for Witham II
End of period 1
39:00 Conversion 5 - 26
John Cox kicks a conversion for Witham II
38:00 Try 5 - 24
Try for Witham II
31:00 Try 5 - 19
Try for Writtle Wanderers II
21:00 Conversion 0 - 19
John Cox kicks a conversion for Witham II
20:00 Try 0 - 17
Sam Holloway scores for Witham II
16:00 Conversion 0 - 12
John Cox kicks a conversion for Witham II
15:00 Try 0 - 10
Sam Holloway scores for Witham II
10:00 Try 0 - 5
Nathan Frost scores for Witham II
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As it happened

  • Writtle Wanderers II
  • Witham II
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  • Nathan Frost Try 10:00'
  • Sam Holloway Try 15:00'
  • John Cox Conversion 16:00'
  • Sam Holloway Try 20:00'
  • John Cox Conversion 21:00'
  • Try 31:00'
  • Try 38:00'
  • John Cox Conversion 39:00'
  • Try 44:00'
  • Alex Beer Try 48:00'
  • Michael Vidler Conversion 49:00'
  • Try 54:00'
  • John Cox Conversion 55:00'
  • John Cox Try Assist 60:00'
  • Darren Smith Try 61:00'
  • Sam Holloway Try 67:00'
  • John Cox Conversion 68:00'
  • Michael Vidler Try 79:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Rochford Hundred IV 8 32
2. Mavericks II 9 31
3. Witham II 9 25
4. Billericay II 8 24
5. Benfleet Vikings 6 23
6. Chelmsford IV 7 12
7. Writtle Wanderers II 9 10

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