Winslow surge to victory over table proppers

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Witney 0

Winslow 43

After losing to Aylesbury’s first team, Winslow travelled to Witney and enjoyed a comprehensive win over the league’s anchor side.

Playing on a rain-soaked boggy pitch, the conditions suited Winslow a lot better than the hosts.

In the first 20 minutes the teams sparred with each other with good tackling and covering from the Winslow backs and dominant rucking and counter rucking from Winslow’s impressive forward pack.

On about 25 minutes Rob Large received the ball from the lineout just past the half way line, saw a gap, surged forward and scored under the posts.

From then on the vistors took control, scoring again five minutes later with a fantastic team try which started on the Winslow five-metre line. Winslow put together six or seven quick phases, releasing Large who spun it to Sam Dudley to put under the posts.

Just before half time Adam Clarke scored again for Winslow to go in at the break 19-0 up.

Winslow came out in the second half looking to wrap the game up, but they got complacent and frequent handling errors and forward passes, plus the odd trick pass going wrong meant they lost momentum. This was restored by the Winslow pack who consistently punched holes in Witney’s back line allowing the Winslow backs the freedom to spread the ball around the pitch.

Large scored another try and Clarke completed a hat-trick before Jonny Prince scored. The final score of 43-0 was flattering to Witney.

The forwards dominated in every area once again. Darren Topping picked up the man of the match award, but it could have gone to the majority of the pack.