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Westcombe Park
Towcestrians
R Hackett, J Saunders
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J Cameron
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J Cameron (2)
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Penalty Try
Sat 6 Jan 14:00 - London & SE Division - London & SE Premier Full time

Combe win tussle with Towcester – just.

Westcombe Park 25-24 Towcestrians


Combe won their tussle with visitors Towcestrians, but only just. With both sides at the wrong end of the league, this was a ‘must win’ for either side. Combe came through at the end but had come close to throwing it away. Towcester would not leave unrewarded, earning for themselves two precious bonus points. This is January – cold, damp, overcast, stodgy underfoot. Not a day for open rugby, more a game of mistakes and errors. Both sides obliged. The result was in the balance until the final whistle, which kept the crowd keen and interested.
The visitors made a bright start, with much of the possession, but were being held. Combe made a belated visit to the opposition twenty-two only to concede a penalty, which quickly taken saw play back up the other end, and with swift hands left winger Alex Foggett was put over in the corner. The conversion attempt shaved the post the wrong side. This woke Combe up. Will Robinson and James Cameron were kicking Combe into the right areas. Towcester went a man short for ten minutes, and with their defence under pressure conceded a penalty in front of the posts. James Cameron knocked it over, to get Combe started on the scoreboard. Combe survived a let off as Towcester’s No. 8 burst clear and their right winger was over only to spill before touching down. A relieving kick for Combe to half-way, Combe’s line-out, quick ball down the line, chip through, James Potter onto it only to be impeded. Penalty try to Combe, Towcester a man down again. The visitors are undaunted. A quick tap penalty on half way, a break by the scrum half and with second row Chris Kirby back on, he was on hand to take the scoring pass and touch down by the posts, for a converted try. 10-12 with half time but minutes away. That is time still for Towcester to score again. A penalty had taken them to Combe’s twenty-two, a catch and drive had Combe on the retreat and Towcester moved the ball swiftly for right-winger Alex Chalcraft to make sure of his touchdown in the corner. Half-time 10-19.
Combe had been caught napping and were unable to break down the visitors’ defence. Both sides were guilty of errors and mistakes, conceding too many penalties in the process. In the opening minutes of the second half, Combe looked a bit sharper. Dan Hamilton found a little space and set up quick ball, spun left for Ryan Hackett to plunge over in the left corner. The conversion attempt drifted wide. Then for a bizarre while both sides contrived to win the ball, lose the ball, turnover, spill the ball, but with play confined to within the ten metre lines, neither side posed a threat, until Towcester made a break for it down the left. Last ditch tackling saved the day for Combe. More spin and spill. Ben Hennah turned his opposite number and won a penalty. With Combe now close to Towcester’s twenty-two and another penalty, this one kickable, James Cameron closed the deficit to 18-19. Soon after a longer range effort by Will Robinson hit the upright. Deep into the last quarter, Combe now have the momentum. James Cameron chipped towards the corner. Combe’s line-out, big drive, Tom Christopher goes first, then Charlie O’Sullivan, then third up is Jordan Saunders to get the ball over and down. A straightforward conversion for James Cameron. 25-19. Minutes left. All Combe have to do is play away from their own half and away from danger. Towcester have different ideas and take advantage of their penalty awards from Combe’s mistakes. Well into injury time Towcester pound the Combe try line, looking for a close range score by the posts. Combe defend and defend. The visitors get their try but it is in the left corner making it a difficult kick for a victory. It goes wide. Full time. Audible sighs of relief for Combe and their supporters. Two bonus points some reward for Towcester.
Next week Combe travel to Westcliff, who are towards the other end of the league table. Combe’s next home game is on 20th January, when Sutton and Epsom visit.
Westcombe Park XV: W. Robinson; J. Potter, S. Pursell, B. Hennah, D. Hamilton; J. Cameron, M. Zanirato; J. Saunders, J. Bonner, J. Forsyth, T. Christopher, T. Clarke, R. Hackett, D. Fox, C. O’Sullivan.
Bench: J. Taylor, L. Covington, L. Jackson.
Match reporter - Bruce Mackenzie.

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James Cameron

Player of the Match

James Cameron

Key moments

15:00
Try Try for Towcestrians
24:00
Penalty James Cameron kicks a penalty for Westcombe Park
35:00
Try Try for Towcestrians
36:00
Conversion Conversion for Towcestrians
39:00
Try Try for Towcestrians
40:00
Conversion Conversion for Towcestrians
45:00
Try Ryan Hackett scores for Westcombe Park
70:00
Penalty James Cameron kicks a penalty for Westcombe Park
75:00
Try Jordan Saunders scores for Westcombe Park
76:00
Conversion James Cameron kicks a conversion for Westcombe Park
80:00
Try Try for Towcestrians

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Combe vs Towcestrians - January 2018
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Highlights

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80:00 +2:00 Player of the Match
James Cameron is awarded player of the match for Westcombe Park
80:00 +1:00 Missed Conversion
Conversion missed for Towcestrians
80:00 Try 23 - 24
Try for Towcestrians
76:00 Conversion 23 - 19
James Cameron kicks a conversion for Westcombe Park
75:00 Try 21 - 19
Jordan Saunders scores for Westcombe Park
70:00 Penalty 16 - 19
James Cameron kicks a penalty for Westcombe Park
45:00 Try 13 - 19
Ryan Hackett scores for Westcombe Park
40:00 Sub On
Lachlan Jackson is substituted on for Westcombe Park
40:00 Sub On
Lee Covington is substituted on for Westcombe Park
40:00 Conversion 8 - 19
Conversion for Towcestrians
End of period 1
39:00 Try 8 - 17
Try for Towcestrians
36:00 Conversion 8 - 12
Conversion for Towcestrians
35:00 Try 8 - 10
Try for Towcestrians
29:00 Penalty Try
Penalty try awarded to Westcombe Park
24:00 Penalty 3 - 5
James Cameron kicks a penalty for Westcombe Park
15:00 Try 0 - 5
Try for Towcestrians
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Westcombe Park
  • Towcestrians
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  • Try 15:00'
  • James Cameron Penalty 24:00'
  • Penalty Try 29:00'
  • Try 35:00'
  • Conversion 36:00'
  • Try 39:00'
  • Lachlan Jackson Sub On 40:00'
  • Lee Covington Sub On 40:00'
  • Conversion 40:00'
  • Ryan Hackett Try 45:00'
  • James Cameron Penalty 70:00'
  • Jordan Saunders Try 75:00'
  • James Cameron Conversion 76:00'
  • Try 80:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
8. Sidcup 26 59
9. Dorking 26 57
10. Sutton & Epsom 26 57
11. Guildford 26 52
12. Westcombe Park 26 49
13. Southend Saxons 26 30
14. Towcestrians 26 20

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