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1st XV Squad - Match centre

J Leadley (3), C Dixon, N Rance
J Leadley (2)
J Leadley, D Shaughnessy
Sat 10 Mar 15:00 - South West Division - Southern Counties North Full time

Windsor shade Henwick ten try thriller

Thatcham 35 Windsor 37

Windsor are the in-form team at the moment and if results go their way, are still gunning for a second place finish that will provide the chance of a play off spot and possible quick return to South West 1 next year. It was always going to be a tough call for Thatcham and when they went to 7 - 22 down after half an hour it looked as if the game was slipping away. But Thatcham kept coming back and in the end only had themselves to blame for not nicking this ten try thriller.

Starting brightly, Thatcham's Butler, Smith and Chambers worked the ball into the Windsor 22. No 8, Smith, picked up at the back of the scrum and put Joe Leadley in to shimmy his way through to score and add the extras for an early seven point lead. Windsor reduced the deficit quickly with a well taken long range penalty from full back, Gaynor. A sloppy offload resulted in further pressure from the visitors, but at the next attempt Gaynor put his penalty shot wide. But Windsor were getting into their stride with some patient and controlled teamwork and neat offloads putting Thatcham under pressure. The home side defended well but eventually Windsor found the gap, taking a good line for Baggett to score and the conversion put the visitors into a 7 - 10 lead with fifteen minutes gone.

Windsor enjoyed a good spell for the next quarter, but a chip forward from Windsor's Cullen looked to have gone too long until the Thatcham defence were beaten by the bounce. It should have been a safe grounding for the home side, but instead added a further 7 points to the visitors' tally. Windsor were making the running at this stage and Thatcham made matters difficult for themselves with unforced errors. With most possession and a penalty count in their favour, Windsor gained a man advantage too when Thatcham winger Sean Richardson was carded for a deliberate knock on. Re-starting wide from 5 metres Windsor went over the line again to put a bit of daylight between the teams at 7 - 22.

At this critical point in the game it could have slipped away from the home side, but awarded a penalty, Thatcham went for the line out option and a fine catch and drive saw Chris Dixon get the touch down. Leadley missed the wide conversion, but a couple of minutes later made amends with a penalty from the 22 to bring the scores back to 15 - 22. As the half came to a close, Windsor bagged another try and conversion to increase the margin to 14 points, still a long way to come back for Thatcham.

The second period started with a firecracker as Thatcham exploded out of the blocks when Newbury Building Society man of the match Danny Shaughnessy, at scrum half, danced 30 metres through the Windsor defence to put Joe Leadley clean away to go under the posts for a seven pointer. Now it was game on, and Thatcham hadn't just stayed in touch but clawed their way back with a flawless third quarter. First, Nick Rance went over after the forwards had won the line out and driven into good position. No conversion, but Thatcham were humming and Mark Smith was next to run through the visitors' defence winning a penalty on the 22 for Shaughnessy to convert and put the home side back into the narrowest of leads, 30 - 29.

With only ten minutes left on the clock Windsor raised their game again, forcing the penalty and opting for the line out. A catch and drive saw them re-take the lead but without the conversion, 30 - 34 with five minutes left. It was at this point that a bit of Thatcham ill discipline cost, when a kickable penalty was made so much easier for Windsor as Thatcham were marched back ten. 30 - 37 and just time for a last gasp revival from Thatcham, this time benefiting from a Windsor yellow card, but with only two minutes remaining. Winning two successive penalties and line outs, Thatcham's Leadley went over for his third, but the angle for the kick beat him, to leave it a tantalising 35 - 37 at the final whistle. In the end Thatcham had to console themselves with two bonus points, but the spirited fight back had made for an enthralling spectacle and promises a bright run in for the remainder of the season.

Thatcham Team:

1. David Chambers (Jack Caunt); 2. Jamie Evans; 3, Lewis Davies; 4. Tim Apperley; 5. Rich Browne (Jack Moore); 6. Martyn Doolin; 7. Chris Dixon; 8. Mark Smith; 9. Danny Shaughnessy; 10. Joe Leadley; 11. Liam Rowland; 12. Derek Allan; 13, Marty Butler; 14. Sean Richardson (Ashley Swaisland); 15. Nick Rance

Thatcham scorers:

Tries: Leadley (3); Dixon; Rance;
Conversions: Leadley (2)
Penalties: Leadley; Shaughnessy

Bob Moore

Quilter Kids First Champions winner – November: Hinckley RFC

Danny Shaughnessy

Player of the Match

Danny Shaughnessy

Key moments

Try Joe Leadley scores for Thatcham
Conversion Joe Leadley kicks a conversion for Thatcham
Try Chris Dixon scores for Thatcham
Penalty Joe Leadley kicks a penalty for Thatcham
Try Joe Leadley scores for Thatcham
Conversion Joe Leadley kicks a conversion for Thatcham
Try Nick Rance scores for Thatcham
Penalty Danny Shaughnessy kicks a penalty for Thatcham
Try Joe Leadley scores for Thatcham


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80:00 Player of the Match
Danny Shaughnessy is awarded player of the match for Thatcham
79:00 Try 35 - 0
Joe Leadley scores for Thatcham
65:00 Penalty 30 - 0
Danny Shaughnessy kicks a penalty for Thatcham
55:00 Try 27 - 0
Nick Rance scores for Thatcham
46:00 Conversion 22 - 0
Joe Leadley kicks a conversion for Thatcham
45:00 Try 20 - 0
Joe Leadley scores for Thatcham
End of period 1
30:00 Penalty 15 - 0
Joe Leadley kicks a penalty for Thatcham
25:00 Try 12 - 0
Chris Dixon scores for Thatcham
11:00 Conversion 7 - 0
Joe Leadley kicks a conversion for Thatcham
10:00 Try 5 - 0
Joe Leadley scores for Thatcham
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Thatcham
  • Windsor
  • 0
  • Joe Leadley Try 10:00'
  • Joe Leadley Conversion 11:00'
  • Chris Dixon Try 25:00'
  • Joe Leadley Penalty 30:00'
  • Joe Leadley Try 45:00'
  • Joe Leadley Conversion 46:00'
  • Nick Rance Try 55:00'
  • Danny Shaughnessy Penalty 65:00'
  • Joe Leadley Try 79:00'

Team selection

Rance, Nick Rance, Nick
Richardson, Sean Richardson, Sean
Butler, Marty Butler, Marty
Allan, Derek Allan, Derek
Rowland, Liam Rowland, Liam
Leadley, Joe Leadley, Joe
Shaughnessy, Danny Shaughnessy, Danny
Smith, Mark Smith, Mark
Dixon, Chris Dixon, Chris
Doolin, Martyn Doolin, Martyn
Browne, Richard Browne, Richard
Apperley, Tim Apperley, Tim
Davies, Lewis Davies, Lewis
Evans, Jamie Evans, Jamie
Chambers, David Chambers, David

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Beaconsfield 22 104
2. Windsor 22 90
3. Buckingham 22 88
4. Aylesbury 22 72
5. Thatcham 22 68
6. Wallingford 22 61
7. Reading 22 57

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