5 points taken away from a 60 minute match!
By Amie Hedges
Another 8 tries added to the Abingdon tally!
A brief match report , as I forgot my notepad so making notes electronically!
It was the men in Green and Golds turn to travel away to Berkshire Shire Hall - the last meeting at Lambrick Way in September ended in a 79-5 win for Abingdon. It was a long trip over to Berkshire Shire Hall. The M4 was gridlocked which meant the smaller country roads filled up quickly and the lads were sat down for a while!
The first try came shortly after kick off, from fullback Charlie Palmer. Charlie broke through Berkshire Shire Hall's defensive line very quickly after the forwards made some ground at the rucks. Flyhalf Chris Stables added the extra 2 and it was 7-0 to Abingdon.
Berkshire Shire Hall had a scrum on Abingdon's 10m line. Abingdon steal the ball at the scrum and it's quickly offloaded to Flyhalf Chris Stables who makes quick work of getting back into Berkshire Shire Hall's half. A neat chop over the top of defensive line and a lucky bouhnce back in Chris's hand meant Abingdon was gaining momentum. Flanker Dale Cross, picked from the ruck and dived over the try line. Another 2 points from Chris meant it was 14-0 to Abingdon.
Abingdon kick for touch as they are awarded a penalty for a Berkshire Shire Hall infringement, however the can't quite make touch and BSH hoof the ball back down into Abingdon's half. Scrum half Ben Hedges, makes a run, side steps and dummies the ball to gain Abingdon metres. Berkshire Shire Hall defend extremely well, not letting Abingdon's forwards get near the try line and end up turning over the ball and kicking away. Abingon's lineout on their own 22, and win the ball. Abingdon maul the ball a god 40/50 metres down field and try again for the try line. An infringement in the try area awards Abingdon the penalty and they opt for the scrum 5m out. Number Eight Jamie Lochrie picks the ball from the back of the scrum and barges his way towards the try line, a quick pop to Flyhalf Chris Stable sealed the deal and Abingdon were awarded their third try. Conversion missed 19-0 to Abingdon.
After making their third try hard work, Abingdon were quickly back into it with a fourth. Prop Sam Barrett scored his second try of the season by using his pure strength drive Berkshire Shire Hall players backwards with him after picking up the ball from the back of the ruck and getting it down over the try line. Chris adds the extra 2 and 26-0 to Abingdon.
Sam Barrett set's up the fifth try as well. Starting further back, Sam thought he would recreate his try just a few minute prior. He picks the ball up from the back of the ruck and goes for a run, breaking through the defensive line. A quick pop from supporting prop Josh Harwood meant the try was secured, and Josh scores his tenth try of the season. Chris adds the extra 2 and it's 33-0 to Abingdon.
Abingdon thought they were in for a sixth try before half time as Flyhalf Chris sprints down field. He's over the try line about to make the dive and fair play the Berkshire Shire Hall player, who somehow manged to punch the ball out of Chris's grasp and ball goes dead. Half time whistle means the score stands at 33-0 to Abingdon.
The second half was kicked off and the first scrum of the half secured Abingdon their sixth try. The scrum was 5m out from Berkshire Shire Halls try line and the Abingdon forwards drove the men in red backwards to allow number eight Jamie Lochrie to tap the ball down at the back of the scrum. Missed conversion, 38-0 to Abingdon.
At the fifty five minute mark, Berkshire Shire Hall lose their front row replacement, meaning the game goes down to uncontested scrums. The game is called and 60 minutes was agreed to be played. Abingdon wanted to get as many tries in this time as possible and made short work of it. The first try was scored by Wing Liam Dahle who was passed the ball out the back of the uncontested scrum, sprinted down his own wing from Abingdon's half to score under the posts. Chris quickly added the extra 2 as Abingdon wanted to get going again. 45-0 to Abingdon.
The final try of the game came from Flanker Paul Cross, after making a break from the 22 and diving over the try line. What Chris did next, awarded him DOTD for the second time in row: A quick drop goal attempt was made from in front of the posts and he completely missed it and the ball went wide. The game was called and Abingdon took the win at 50-0.
Thank you to Berkshire Shire Hall for their hospitality and we wish them best of luck for the remainder of their season. Next up for Abingdon 1XV; top of the table clash with Chipping Norton at Lambrick Way. Saturday 8 December, 14:30 KO. This is a big game and will determine who goes top, and whether Abingdon