Another defeat but continuing signs of improvement from Didcot. We knew that this was going to be a big adjustment stepping into this new league. The frustration is once again losing 6 first team players for this game. Nevertheless it also show signs of greater squad depth.
Once Again Didcot started slowly and conceded after only 2 minutes to a well organised driving maul by Witney which was converted. Didcot did reply on 5 minutes with a converted penalty from Josh Witts. Score 3-7. However, Witney were soon on the front foot again and on 12 minutes scored their second try which was also converted. Score 3-14.
This seemed to wake Didcot up and they started to put some phases together. On 22 minute quick ball from a breakdown in Witney's 22 enabled James Pike to grubber through Witney's defence for Andrew Pynegar to regather and score under the posts. The try was converted by Josh Witts. Score 10-14. With Didcot now applying pressure, Witney were penalised just outside their 10m line. Josh Witts converted to make the score 13-14. With time running out on the first half, Witney score an unconverted try to make the half time score 13-19.
The second half was an fairly event affair. Didcot missed a long range penalty in th 47th minute and 5minutes later Witney secured the win with a converted try. Score 13-26. Didcot's cause was not helped by a relatively innocuous red card (as a result of 2 yellow cards) for Isa Mohammed on the 63th minute.
There were some really positive signs from this game and the lads are quickly learning whats required to compete at this level.