Dons Eventually Overcome Stiff Resistance from Maidenhead

Rugby Result: Region 1 South Central - Wimbledon 38 - 24 Maidenhead

Rugby Result: Region 1 South Central - Wimbledon 41-10 Sutton & Epsom
Picture: Wimbledon RFC/Facebook

January 23, 2023

Another hard-fought victory for Wimbledon and always something to worry about until the last five minutes.

Wimbledon collected the kick off and built phase after phase for four minutes before a spill and a breakaway led to a try for the Maidenhead left wing; 0 - 5 after five minutes.

After three more minutes and another breakthrough Wimbledon's heart and it was 0 - 10.

The Dons then reapplied the pressure and after eight minutes and a couple of penalties Zane Dallinger powered over for a try that was converted; 7 - 10 after 20 minutes.

Some decent play between the 22 metre lines for ten minutes and then a couple of penalties to Maidenhead one of which was converted - and it was 7 - 13.

Wimbledon then came straight back with a lovely try by Ollie Kitto; 12 - 13 after 32 minutes.

More 50/50 stuff including a scrum penalty to Maidenhead and some good steal backs by Wimbledon.; but it was still 12 - 13 at half time.

Five minutes into the second half and Maidenhead scored again - after a couple more penalties - and it was 12 - 18. But Wimbledon came straight back hard again and a penalty try gave Wimbledon the lead for the first time, 19 - 18 with the sin binning of the Maidenhead number five adding to the advantage. Wimbledon applied more pressure and after a very good build-up Jack Cooke score a try that was converted; 26 - 18 after 60 minutes and a try bonus point.

Two minutes later and Maidenhead won a penalty in front of the posts which they kicked; 26 - 21. Five minutes later and another kickable penalty for Maidenhead; 26 - 24. What a pain - and still about ten minutes to go.

But never fear - with some Wimbledon pressure and a couple of cock-ups from Maidenhead prop Malek Touilzak drove over to make it 31 - 24 , sadly not converted; and then Jack Cooke scored his second try of the evening which was converted and it finished 38 - 24.

Andy Hodgson


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