Wednesday, 10 August 2022

Late score leaves Abbey fighting for survival

Royal Wootton Bassett 22, Reading Abbey 20

ABBEY suffered the heartbreak of defeat in the last move of their match at Royal Wootton Bassett. The result, coupled with Alchester’s surprise victory over top side Bletchley, leaves Abbey in dire trouble at the wrong end of Southern Counties North.

Winger Charlie Gingell, fullback Jack Brown and Ross himself all defended well, but after home centre Tucker Blinkhorn made good ground, Wootton Bassett scored the opening try of the game after 11 minutes when outside half Jonathan Clarke crossed on the left. Flanker Dave Hogg added the conversion.

Abbey shrugged off this early setback, and centre Tom Waterhouse put them back on the attack with a good touch find. However, the bulk of a rather uneventful opening quarter took place in the visitors’ half, and Waterhouse was soon called upon to use his kicking talents to relieve the pressure on the Abbey line.

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