Fun in mud at Newbury
Battling win by the 2's.
After a stressful morning on the run up to the match it was decided that the coaching / management team should start and sub respectively!! (More player available next week please)
It was a very odd warm up with a fair amount of nerves amounts the team and once again new combinations everywhere!
Once the game kicked off it became apparent there wasn't a huge amount to separate the teams with defences coming out on top!
A good breaks from the young centre Wayne Caffekey and strong carries from the slightly younger Joe Rowles paused off for shorts to power over!!
The rest of the half is a bit of a blur until right before half time when Witney went down to 14....... not for a yellow card but rob Coe on his return make a 50 metre break only to have to leave the field to be sick!!!!!
The second half kicked off with us back up to a full compliment!!
The Witney pack really took it to Newbury for 10 minutes and strong carries from that man rowles again and his parter in crime Wayne on hand to finish it off!
Another break from Wayne found Kyle Harley on his outside to out strip the cover defence and score out final points! This seemed to be enough to hold out! Newbury spent the rest of the half attacking but only managed the one try. Some great defence at times holding them out!!
A cracking win to do the double over Newbury.
It was great to see Taff Davies return to the field after a lengthy lay off. Adam Fisk called the lineout wisely, showing majority beyond his years. Adam Nobbs continues to impress in the number 2 shirt. The back three of Tony Winstone, Kyle Harley and Leigh Manning do deserve a mention, they had an awful lot of ball kicked at them, they all dealt with well and often returned it with interest. Lovely to see Carl Strutt and George Lewis in the back line together, marshaling and organising the side round the park.
This was a true team effort , a proper backs against the wall job. Well done lads!
P.s Simon Copperwheat was a clear man of the match!!!
2nd XV: Dore, Nobbs, Perry, Rowles, Fisk (A), Coe (R), Clothier, Webb (D), Quayle, Lewis, Winstone, Caffekey, Strutt, Manning (L), Harley
Reps: Copperwheat (S) Davies