Thursday, August 24, 2017
Wimbledon hot on heels of leaders after 39-14 win over Guernsey

Wimbledon hot on heels of leaders after 39-14 win over Guernsey

Wimbledon enjoy a drinks break on Saturday Photo: Tony Mann

Wimbledon are just three points behind leaders Tonbridge Juddian in National League 3 London & SE after a 39-14 win over Guernsey.

The Dons made amends for a lacklustre showing at Chichester as they really turned up on Saturday and took just five minutes to open the scoring, wing Josh Charles diving into the corner after a series of powerful forward drives, quick ball and slick handling by the backs.

Their second try came in similar fashion three minutes later,  as centre Aaron Lowe eased through a gap out wide. Fly-half Bryan Croke added the extras.

Initially rattled, Guernsey regained their composure and launched a series of attacks after a huge drive had taken them into the Dons’ half for the first time but ferocious tackling – from Jack Reville in particular – stopped them in their tracks.

Normal service soon resumed and more classy, 15-man rugby from Wimbledon brought try number three as Charles bulldozed through three defenders to score his second.

On the half-hour Guernsey brought it back to 17-7.

Almost straight from the re-start, scrum-half Rhys Morgan opted for the blind side and after a well-timed pass by Lowe, wing Tommy Moore sped in for try number four.

Guernsey’ responded with a pushover try and a Hellier conversion. But Croke stretched Dons’ lead to 25-14 with a converted penalty.

Wimbledon produced two more converted tries in the final 10 minutes.

The first was by lock Gary Crowe – just reward for closely following an excellent break by Morgan.

The icing on the cake came from a quick throw-in by replacement flanker James Hunt after number eight Roy Godfrey had catapulted Guernsey’s speedy wing into touch.

Charles left three defenders in his wake as he crossed the line for his hat-trick. Croke’s conversion from near touch rounded off an inspired team performance, the only dampener being injuries to fullback Dave Bennett and prop Phil Viane.

Blackheath smashed Macclesfield 55-10 with their tries scored by Geoff Griffiths (2), Jamie Davies, Mike Perks, Leo Fielding, Jake Lloyd, Mark Cooke and Tom Baldwin. Fielding kicked four conversions and one penalty. Simon Whatling added two conversions.

Saturday’s fixtures – National League 3: Shelford v Wimbledon. National League Division 1: Plymouth Albion v Blackheath. London 2 South-East: Crowborough v Charlton Park, Beckenham v Old Colfeians. Surrey 2: Old Walcountians v Streatham-Croydon. Kent 1: Southwark Lancers v Vigo.


Wimbledon hot on heels of leaders after 39-14 win over Guernsey