SAM HALLETT’S second half try grabbed Abbey a much needed win, pushing them up to a respectable mid-table position in
SAM HALLETT’S second half try grabbed Abbey a much needed win, pushing them up to a respectable mid-table position in South West Division Southern Counties North.
Jo Murphy at outside half and George Pawlett on the wing, were welcomed back from University solving Abbey’s availability problems.
Murphy, kicking three points, contributed much to Abbey’s play with his quick distribution, reliable kicking and deceptive running. But it was flanker Dai Garhard who got the man-of-the-match award for his work rate and support. Ollie Walton scored two first half tries in an excellent partnership in the centre with Dan Love that kept the visitors in first half contention.
Alchester kicked off with the advantage of the blustery wind and shocked the visitors by scoring after just two minutes. Alchester took possession and with a simple missed move in the centre applied pressure out wide, and when the forwards arrived, prop Nick Britts put down the try.
Walton pegged it back for Abbey in the 10th minute with his first try and although Alchester recaptured the lead with a try from winger Kristian Ancil after a kick and chase Walton’s second try kept the scores all square at 10-10.
In the second half the home side again started brightly as outside half Tom Miles crossed the line but couldn’t ground the ball. The ensuing scrummage was defended well by Abbey but the ball went out wide where centre Matt Flegg went through the gap for the try, Miles converting.
Coach Bolton rang the changes as first Toby Chapman came on for Mark Toland in the front row followed by Treacle Knights in the second row for Chris Shaw.
Abbey lasted the pace better and finished off the scoring with Murphy’s penalty goal, followed by Sam Hallett’s match winning try finishing off good work by Knights.
Abbey’s Steve Drake and Murphy were a creative half back combination and Jules Greenaway’s runs tested the Alchester defence.