Bridge hold out for clean sheet win on the road to West London
By Mark Coles
Uxbridge emerge 26-0 winners in penultimate game of the season
After last week’s fruitful run-out against Old Millhillians, Uxbridge’s quest for fourth place continued on the road to West London. The home side were narrowly beaten by Bridge back before Christmas and with an extensive warm-up appeared hell bent on revenge.
In warn conditions the opening exchanges were a little cagey before Bridge started to find their feet securing front foot ball from Brian Cassidy with Tom Redrup, Simon Coldwell, Mark Coles and Adam Jenkins all taking the game to the visitors.
The first points opportunity of the day fell the visitor’s way after repeated high/seatbelt tackles from the hosts and with penalty in front of the sticks, Cassidy got the scoreboard going.
West London then had their time in the spot light subjecting the Uxbridge line to serious pressure, but some superb defending across the defensive line slammed the door shut in the hosts face and denied them any points.
This was a truly phenomenal effort as Bridge lost an unfortunate Graeme Bartlett to the sin-bin and to hold out in this manner was a real highlight of the afternoon’s effort.
Strong running from centre pair Tom Rainey and Sean McAndrew earned Bridge good field position before Cassidy then slotted another penalty to take the half time lead to 6-0.
With water on board and a rousing speech from coach Ron Matthews, Uxbridge returned to the ring determined make some dents in the West London defence. The first ten minutes were tough as Bridge were unable to get out of their twenty-two before eventually Sergio Pastor who was phenomenal all game stick boot to ball and got the ball into the West London danger zone and Pastor, Coles and Tom Rainey combined to level the full-back and win the penalty which Cassidy slotted.
Uxbridge’s first try followed shortly after several phases of play, Sam Dillamore barrelled his way over to dot the ball down. Cassidy added the extras.
Bridge were on the up and having threatened to break through again (and another penalty from Cassidy) scored their second when emergency centre Kyle Buckingham intercepted a loose pass to run in from 70 yards.
The extras were added and the referee called time on the game to give Bridge a 26-0 win.
In all a great afternoon from Bridge to take the win and keep a clean sheet. The final game of the season next week is home to London French (K.O. 3pm) to try and finish fourth.