ABBEY LADIES moved six points clear at the top of the table after a convincing 40-7
ABBEY LADIES moved six points clear at the top of the table after a convincing 40-7 win over Windsor Dames on Sunday.
Alice Denton broke the deadlock early on after a clever switch with Rachel Purvey on the left wing saw the big inside centre storm towards the try-line, before setting up Annette Tomas minutes later, who backed her speed to beat the Windsor fullback and grab Abbey’s second.
The Dames responded quickly and got off the mark after an impressive run from their number 15 exploited a gap in the Abbey defence.
Abbey gathered their composure to remain regally resilient and Ellie Rice sneaked over the line after a subsequent steal from a Windsor line-out, for her first try of the season to make it 19-7.
Despite some intermittent scrappy passages, Abbey slowly wore down their Berkshire counterparts. Joey Fowler proved why she was Abbey’s player-of-the-month for September with a great ball carry and was omnipresent in attacking the line-out and before Abbey scored their fourth on the stroke of half-time.
Tomas grabbed another minutes after the restart, by which time the game looked all but over for Windsor, who were struggling to deal with the pace of Denton, who later stole the ball after some sloppy Windsor rucking to bag her hat-trick.
Minutes before the end, skipper Meaghan Fowler went over for her first try of the season.