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Wheatley
Milton Keynes
J Neal
Tries
A Laman
Conversions
A Laman
Penalties
Sat 3 Feb 14:30 - South West Division - Berks Bucks & Oxon Premier Full time Attendance 40

Rugby wrings out a win in the wet for Wheatley

Wheatley Find a chink in Milton Keynes armour

Wheatley ground out a gritty win over Milton Keynes in the BBO Premiership played on a dreadful wet afternoon in Wheatley.

The mud-caked conditions hindered both sides but it was the home side who adapted best and made fewest mistakes.

Arron Laman early penalty set Wheatley on route to the victory

But having lost their last fixture and wth several regular players away the home team entered this fixture not carrying the momentum we had seen post Christmas but still managed to settled into an early groove with their forwards carrying diligently and full-back Jordan Hook dominating the kicking exchanges.

It was a loose Milton Keynes kick which led to the opening score, as James Neal sparked an Wheatley counter-attack and, via an offload from the impressive openside flanker Jack Smith, freed number 8 James Neal to sprint clear to set up the a ruck on the visitors try line and after a couple of pick and go’s Neal was able to get to his feet and bulldoze his way over the line for the only try of the game.


James Neal on route to the try line

Alex Gabbidon and the rest of the Wheatley pack seemed to relish the old-fashioned tussle in the mud, keeping things simple with ball in hand and restricting Milton Keynes to just one out rugby - during a tight first half.

The second followed in the same vein, with the home team's pragmatic and well-executed game-plan in contrast to that of the increasingly error-strewn Buckinghamshire team.

The hosts were guilty of kicking the ball straight away on a number of occasions, and their inability to keep possession saw them pinned back in their own half for short periods.

Wheatley’s head coach Geoff Ward said: "We're satisfied to get the win. Conditions were horrific.

"We found a way to win. It was only 10-0 but I think it was relatively comfortable.


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Key moments

3:00
Penalty Aaron Laman kicks a penalty for Wheatley
23:48
Try James Neal scores for Wheatley
24:47
Conversion Aaron Laman kicks a conversion for Wheatley

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52:00 Sub Off
Alex Acklam is substituted off for Wheatley
52:00 Sub Off
Alex Gabbidon is substituted off for Wheatley
52:00 Sub Off
David Thomas is substituted off for Wheatley
52:00 Sub On
Simon Chadbone is substituted on for Wheatley
52:00 Sub On
Peter Mitchell is substituted on for Wheatley
52:00 Sub On
Michael Ridge is substituted on for Wheatley
End of period 1
24:47 Conversion 10 - 0
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23:48 Try 8 - 0
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3:00 Penalty 3 - 0
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As it happened

  • Wheatley
  • Milton Keynes
  • 0
  • Aaron Laman Penalty 3:00'
  • James Neal Try 23:48'
  • Aaron Laman Conversion 24:47'
  • Alex Acklam Sub Off 52:00'
  • Alex Gabbidon Sub Off 52:00'
  • David Thomas Sub Off 52:00'
  • Simon Chadbone Sub On 52:00'
  • Peter Mitchell Sub On 52:00'
  • Michael Ridge Sub On 52:00'

Team selection

Hook, Jordan Hook, Jordan
Thomas, David Thomas, David
Hobdell, Joe Hobdell, Joe
Butler, Toby Butler, Toby
Rule, Dan Rule, Dan
Laman, Aaron Laman, Aaron
Belcher, Gavin Belcher, Gavin
Neal, James Neal, James
Smith, Jack Smith, Jack
Bailey, Spencer Bailey, Spencer
Gibb, Matthew Gibb, Matthew
Atkinson , Jack Atkinson , Jack
Rees, Ezra Rees, Ezra
Gabbidon, Alex Gabbidon, Alex
Acklam, Alex Acklam, Alex
Milton Keynes
  • 1. David Coord
  • 2. James Pickles
  • 3. Lewis Barnett
  • 4. James Pickles
  • 5. Arther Hurren
  • 6. Ed Borner
  • 7. Scott Aspinall
  • 8. Gareth Thomas
  • 9. Sam Barr
  • 10. Ashley Targett
  • 11. Vince Clark
  • 12. Neil MacKenzie
  • 13. Tom Erasmus
  • 14. Joe Fitzgerald
  • 15. Andy Moses
  • 16. Dan Mitchell
  • 17. Kieth Mutuma
  • 18. George Ray

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Slough 18 79
2. Littlemore 18 63
3. Chesham 18 59
4. Wheatley 18 51
5. Tadley 18 41
6. Didcot 18 37
7. Milton Keynes 18 36

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