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1st XV - Match centre

Westcombe Park
Colchester
F Neale, T Gray, M Davey, J Forsyth, L Covington
Full time
C Player, C Player
F Neale (4)
C Player, C Player
F Neale
Sat 1 Apr 15:00 - London & SE Division - National League 3 London & SE

Combe bounce back. Normal service resumed

Westcombe Park 36-14 Colchester

Combe bounced back after last week’s nightmare with a bonus point win against lowly Colchester. For the most part it was a convincing win, but Combe did not have all their own way: the visitors showed that they could play a bit, and torrential rain half way through put a dampener on proceedings. It had started so well - the sun was out, Ladies’ Day, Old Crocks lunch, festival!
The visitors got off to a poor start and were soon under pressure. A penalty shot from Frankie Neale missed, but shortly after he made amends, picking up a long pass from his out-half to go over for the first try to which he added the extras. 7-0. Combe were quickly back in the opposition twenty-two, set-up by a chip ahead from Reece Conlon. They threatened but were rocked back when Colchester’s scrum-half pinched an interception and showed a clean pair of heels all the way to the posts. An easy conversion for James Crozier.7-7. Combe were throwing it about, the party mood was catching. A lot of deft hands, Bradley Bateup came close. Colchester were pegged back in the corner. Combe’s line-out drive, penalty, scrum, and Tommy Gray comes flying in off his wing on a short ball to score by the posts. Frankie Neale converts. 14-7. Tommy Gray had to go on the defensive at the other end as Colchester chipped through. The visitors tested Combe’s defence for a while, and having weathered that onslaught all then had to endure a downpour. Fortunately half-time was approaching with just time for Frankie Neale to knock over a penalty to take Combe to a 17-7 lead at the break. Half-time, everyone ran for shelter.
There was no let-up in the weather at the re-start. The ball was spilled, Combe took a while to clear their lines, and Colchester dropped their chances. Combe’s pack was on top and the line-out was working. A couple of penalties brought Combe up to the left corner. From the first drive, Shaun Dixon came close, then the next surge saw Mark Davey over in the corner. Barely five minutes later Combe were over for the fourth try and bonus point with Jamie Forsyth touching down after another drive from a line-out. Frankie Neale added the conversion for 29-7. It’s still raining and there are thirty minutes on the clock. Colchester may have been down but were not out. Their turn to put Combe under some pressure back in their twenty-two. Penalty, drive, penalty, quick tap, the visitors were over for their second by the posts with Alex Rayment claiming the score. Conversion by James Crozier, 29-14. Shaun Dixon claimed the re-start and ran it back, a Combe penalty to the corner, Alban Edwards came close, another penalty, but Colchester defended the drive. Colchester put-in but were shoved off it and Shaun Dixon picked up to plunge over by the posts. A straightforward conversion for Frankie Neale. Ten minutes to go, the rain is easing. Colchester are still lively, and with the game drawing to a close can still do the defensive stuff, as Shaun Dixon and Frankie Neale both are kept out. Final whistle, time to dry out.
This was Combe’s last home game of the league programme. Next week they travel to Southend Saxons who are fighting off the threat of relegation. Then it is Easter, then the last league fixture is Chichester away on 22nd April.
Westcombe Park XV: F. Neale; T. Gray, B. Saffery, A. Hitchcock, M. Roddick; B. Bateup, C. Edwards; R. Conlon, S. Perry, J. Forsyth, T. Clarke, M. Davey, L. Covington, S. Dixon, A. Campbell.
Subs: J. Stanford, D. Fox, A. Edwards.
Match reporter - Bruce Mackenzie. The

Key moments

6:30
Try Frankie Neale scores for Westcombe Park
7:12
Conversion Frankie Neale kicks a conversion for Westcombe Park
19:24
Try Colchester Player scores for Colchester
19:45
Conversion Colchester Player kicks a conversion for Colchester
29:31
Try Tom Gray scores for Westcombe Park
29:45
Conversion Frankie Neale kicks a conversion for Westcombe Park
40:00 +2:34
Penalty Frankie Neale kicks a penalty for Westcombe Park
50:09
Try Mark Davey scores for Westcombe Park
52:57
Try Jamie Forsyth scores for Westcombe Park
53:05
Conversion Frankie Neale kicks a conversion for Westcombe Park
65:54
Try Colchester Player scores for Colchester
66:04
Conversion Colchester Player kicks a conversion for Colchester
70:39
Try Lee Covington scores for Westcombe Park
71:23
Conversion Frankie Neale kicks a conversion for Westcombe Park

Highlights

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80:00 +1:00 Player of the Match
Shaun Dixon is awarded player of the match for Westcombe Park
73:09 Yellow Card
Bradley Saffery is yellow carded for Westcombe Park
71:23 Conversion 36 - 14
Frankie Neale kicks a conversion for Westcombe Park
70:39 Try 34 - 14
Lee Covington scores for Westcombe Park
68:59 Yellow Card
Alex Campbell is yellow carded for Westcombe Park
66:04 Conversion 29 - 14
Colchester Player kicks a conversion for Colchester
65:54 Try 29 - 12
Colchester Player scores for Colchester
59:15 Sub On
Alban Edwards is substituted on for Westcombe Park
53:05 Conversion 29 - 7
Frankie Neale kicks a conversion for Westcombe Park
52:57 Try 27 - 7
Jamie Forsyth scores for Westcombe Park
50:38 Sub On
Dan Fox is substituted on for Westcombe Park
50:16 Missed Conversion
Frankie Neale misses a conversion for Westcombe Park
50:09 Try 22 - 7
Mark Davey scores for Westcombe Park
46:51 Sub On
Jimi Stanford is substituted on for Westcombe Park
End of period 1
40:00 +2:34 Penalty 17 - 7
Frankie Neale kicks a penalty for Westcombe Park
34:54 Yellow Card
Charlie Edwards is yellow carded for Westcombe Park
29:45 Conversion 14 - 7
Frankie Neale kicks a conversion for Westcombe Park
29:31 Try 12 - 7
Tom Gray scores for Westcombe Park
19:45 Conversion 7 - 7
Colchester Player kicks a conversion for Colchester
19:24 Try 7 - 5
Colchester Player scores for Colchester
7:12 Conversion 7 - 0
Frankie Neale kicks a conversion for Westcombe Park
6:30 Try 5 - 0
Frankie Neale scores for Westcombe Park
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As it happened

  • Westcombe Park
  • Colchester
  • 0
  • Frankie Neale Try 6:30'
  • Frankie Neale Conversion 7:12'
  • Colchester Player Try 19:24'
  • Colchester Player Conversion 19:45'
  • Tom Gray Try 29:31'
  • Frankie Neale Conversion 29:45'
  • Charlie Edwards Yellow Card 34:54'
  • Frankie Neale Penalty 40:00 +2:34'
  • Jimi Stanford Sub On 46:51'
  • Mark Davey Try 50:09'
  • Dan Fox Sub On 50:38'
  • Jamie Forsyth Try 52:57'
  • Frankie Neale Conversion 53:05'
  • Alban Edwards Sub On 59:15'
  • Colchester Player Try 65:54'
  • Colchester Player Conversion 66:04'
  • Alex Campbell Yellow Card 68:59'
  • Lee Covington Try 70:39'
  • Frankie Neale Conversion 71:23'
  • Bradley Saffery Yellow Card 73:09'
  • Shaun Dixon Player of the Match 80:00 +1:00'

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1. Tonbridge Juddian 26 120
2. Wimbledon 26 115
3. Hertford 26 85
4. Westcombe Park 26 84
5. Guernsey 26 74
6. Shelford 26 67
7. Westcliff 26 57

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