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Guildford
Westcombe Park
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Tries
D Hamilton, W Robinson
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J Cameron, W Robinson
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Penalties
J Cameron
Sat 27 Jan 14:15 - London & SE Division - London & SE Premier Full time

Combe are winning in the rain

Guildford 10-17 Westcombe Park

For the second week running it was raining, and for the second week running Combe emerged from the mud and mayhem winners. However it was their defensive display ‘what won it’ after early points on the board. A tight and fiercely contested contest.
Rain duly arrived before kick-off and lasted throughout. Sticky and stodgy underfoot and the ball the proverbial bar of soap. Hang onto your skills and test your fitness. Combe began as if they meant business, and were awarded an early penalty opportunity for James Cameron front of posts. 0-3. If you were late arriving you would have missed a cracker of a try at the re-start. Combe fielded deep in their own twenty-two, all the backs handled, Cameron, to White, to Deschamps, to Sema and last to Dan Hamilton on half way who still had some work to do to reach the line by the posts, but had out-paced the home defence. One could almost hear Cliff Morgan saying ‘oh, this is marvellous!’ End-to end. A beazer of a try. James Cameron added the conversion and Combe were up 0-10, with barely ten minutes gone. Guildford were having trouble getting out of their own half, their line-kicking going awry, but eventually with some possession put together and in attack mode left-winger Alex Jordan cut back through Combe’s defence to score by the posts offering an easy conversion for Ben King. 7-10. Not for long. Combe had the upper hand at the scrum, and put on a big drive from the line-out. James Lindfield came close, Charlie O’Sullivan too. With second phase ball, Will Robinson now at outside-half squeezed through to score by the posts and then convert. 7-17. Ten minutes before half-time. Time for Will Robinson to kick well for position and for both Combe’s wingers to have a run, but no changes on the scoreboard.
Second half, still raining. It’s becoming attritional. Clearance kicks back and forth, mistakes, cold hands, penalties, scrums, spilled ball. Still gripping stuff, but stalemate. The wind had changed, and the home side now had the momentum. Combe had to perform their defensive duties, which they did. Into the last quarter Guildford had just a penalty to show for their efforts, and in the closing minutes pounded the Combe line looking for an equalising score, but Combe held out with brave and disciplined defence. From a line-out drive Guildford were over but held up, the five-metre scrum was held. It was a tight, close finish but Combe clung on for a precious win.
Next week Combe are at home to Tunbridge Wells, kick-off 2.00pm.
Westcombe Park XV: W. Robinson; D. Hamilton, C. Deschamps, R. White, S. Sama; J. Cameron, E. Durkin; N. Porter, J. Bonner, J. Forsyth, T. Clarke, L. Delderfield, T. Sullivan, J. Lindfield, C. O’Sullivan.
Bench: C. Springer, S. Pursell.
Match reporter - Bruce Mackenzie.

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Key moments

5:00
Penalty James Cameron kicks a penalty for Westcombe Park
9:00
Try Dan Hamilton scores for Westcombe Park
10:00
Conversion James Cameron kicks a conversion for Westcombe Park
25:00
Try Try for Guildford
26:00
Conversion Conversion for Guildford
30:00
Try Will Robinson scores for Westcombe Park
32:00
Conversion Will Robinson kicks a conversion for Westcombe Park
60:00
Penalty Penalty kicked for Guildford

Highlights

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60:00 Sub On
Claude Springer is substituted on for Westcombe Park
60:00 Penalty 10 - 17
Penalty kicked for Guildford
End of period 1
32:00 Conversion 7 - 17
Will Robinson kicks a conversion for Westcombe Park
30:00 Sub On
Scott Pursell is substituted on for Westcombe Park
30:00 Try 7 - 15
Will Robinson scores for Westcombe Park
26:00 Conversion 7 - 10
Conversion for Guildford
25:00 Try 5 - 10
Try for Guildford
10:00 Conversion 0 - 10
James Cameron kicks a conversion for Westcombe Park
9:00 Try 0 - 8
Dan Hamilton scores for Westcombe Park
5:00 Penalty 0 - 3
James Cameron kicks a penalty for Westcombe Park
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Guildford
  • Westcombe Park
  • 0
  • James Cameron Penalty 5:00'
  • Dan Hamilton Try 9:00'
  • James Cameron Conversion 10:00'
  • Try 25:00'
  • Conversion 26:00'
  • Will Robinson Try 30:00'
  • Scott Pursell Sub On 30:00'
  • Will Robinson Conversion 32:00'
  • Claude Springer Sub On 60:00'
  • Penalty 60:00'

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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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