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1st XV Squad - Match centre

Thatcham
Bradford-on-Avon
D Allan, M Langdon (2), B Davies, J Evans, R Browne, J Thorogood
Tries
C Lutterloch (5)
Conversions
C Lutterloch
Penalties
Sat 8 Dec TBC - South West Division - Wadworth 6X Southern Counties South Full time

Thatcham’s seven try stormer

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In a much improved performance, Thatcham did what was needed to gain a pre-Christmas boost to their fortunes as the mid way point of the season approaches at Corsham next week

Since their championship success in the Dorset & Wilts league last season, Bradford on Avon have struggled to establish themselves in Southern Counties, so this was a must win for the home side and they didn’t disappoint.

With scrum domination from the outset, it looked like it might be a long afternoon for the visitors, although their back division showed their mettle from early on. But in spite of the squally conditions, Thatcham’s poor handling of last week was for the most part a thing of the past, and with Charlie Lutterloch restored to the fly half position, there was good movement throughout and Thatcham kept the scoreboard ticking over at regular intervals. Thatcham went ahead inside the first ten minutes, winning a scrum 15 metres out, Derek Allan at 12 took a step and was past the defence to touch down under the posts. Charlie Lutterloch made no mistake with the first of six (out of seven) conversions for the afternoon. It wasn’t long before Matt Langdon crashed over for the first of his two tries, after Louis Kanaar Brown had taken a quick tap from a free kick. Thatcham’s back rowers, Kanaar Brown and Chris Dixon, both absent last week, were putting in the graft to good effect and coupled with good yardage helped keep up the pressure on Bradford. And Danny Shaughnessy had much more success running from deep this week and coming in to the line from full back.

On the half hour mark Danny Shaughnessy and skipper, Jamie Evans helped put Brandon Davies away for the third try out wide. And with five minutes of the half left to spare, Thatcham claimed their bonus point try, fittingly scored by Newbury Building Society man of the match and skipper, Jamie Evans, running in under the posts after a super offload from Kanaar Brown.

Re-starting at 26 – 0 up and four tries to the good, it looked all over for the visitors, but Bradford hadn’t read the script and started well, putting the ball through the hands to outside centre Murray Dewar who ran a good line to evade the home defence. But the visitors were unable to maintain the pressure against a dominant Thatcham pack and so it was lock, Rich Browne who forced himself over for the next score. Another Lutterloch conversion and penalty saw Thatcham take a pretty unassailable 36 – 5 lead within fifteen minutes of the re-start.

As the last quarter commenced Thatcham went further ahead with Langdon’s second try after a line out and forwards’ drive. Bradford might have been forgiven for dropping heads at this point, but were still looking for reward. They were unlucky to lose possession deep in Thatcham’s 22 only to see a kick chase up to within ten metres of their own line before recovering, but only briefly, as James Thorogood got a deserved score under the posts and Lutterloch’s conversion making it 50 points to 5.

There were still another ten minutes on the clock but to their great credit Bradford continued to press forward looking for points and Thatcham were forced into last ditch defensive mode. Yellow cards for Charlie Rayner, then Sam Smith saw the home side reduced to 14, then 13 men, but somehow still held on without further score. If they can keep this spirit going, Bradford will surely soon get the breakthrough and a win under their belt.

Jamie Evans

Player of the Match

Jamie Evans

Key moments

10:00
Try Derek Allan scores for Thatcham
11:00
Conversion Charlie Lutterloch kicks a conversion for Thatcham
11:00
Conversion Charlie Lutterloch kicks a conversion for Thatcham
15:00
Try Matt Langdon scores for Thatcham
30:00
Try Brandon Davies scores for Thatcham
31:00
Conversion Charlie Lutterloch kicks a conversion for Thatcham
40:00
Try Jamie Evans scores for Thatcham
50:00
Penalty Charlie Lutterloch kicks a penalty for Thatcham
55:00
Try Richard Browne scores for Thatcham
55:00
Conversion Charlie Lutterloch kicks a conversion for Thatcham
60:00
Try Matt Langdon scores for Thatcham
65:00
Try James Thorogood scores for Thatcham
66:00
Conversion Charlie Lutterloch kicks a conversion for Thatcham

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Jamie Evans is awarded player of the match for Thatcham
66:00 Conversion 48 - 0
Charlie Lutterloch kicks a conversion for Thatcham
65:00 Try 46 - 0
James Thorogood scores for Thatcham
60:00 Try 41 - 0
Matt Langdon scores for Thatcham
55:00 Try 34 - 0
Richard Browne scores for Thatcham
55:00 Conversion 36 - 0
Charlie Lutterloch kicks a conversion for Thatcham
50:00 Penalty 29 - 0
Charlie Lutterloch kicks a penalty for Thatcham
40:00 Try 26 - 0
Jamie Evans scores for Thatcham
40:00 Try Assist
Louis Kanaar - Brown makes an assist for Thatcham
End of period 1
31:00 Conversion 21 - 0
Charlie Lutterloch kicks a conversion for Thatcham
30:00 Try Assist
Jamie Evans makes an assist for Thatcham
30:00 Try 19 - 0
Brandon Davies scores for Thatcham
15:00 Try 14 - 0
Matt Langdon scores for Thatcham
11:00 Conversion 7 - 0
Charlie Lutterloch kicks a conversion for Thatcham
11:00 Conversion 9 - 0
Charlie Lutterloch kicks a conversion for Thatcham
10:00 Try 5 - 0
Derek Allan scores for Thatcham
10:00 Try Assist
Louis Kanaar - Brown makes an assist for Thatcham
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Thatcham
  • Bradford-on-Avon
  • 0
  • Derek Allan Try 10:00'
  • Louis Kanaar - Brown Try Assist 10:00'
  • Charlie Lutterloch Conversion 11:00'
  • Charlie Lutterloch Conversion 11:00'
  • Matt Langdon Try 15:00'
  • Brandon Davies Try 30:00'
  • Jamie Evans Try Assist 30:00'
  • Charlie Lutterloch Conversion 31:00'
  • Jamie Evans Try 40:00'
  • Louis Kanaar - Brown Try Assist 40:00'
  • Charlie Lutterloch Penalty 50:00'
  • Richard Browne Try 55:00'
  • Charlie Lutterloch Conversion 55:00'
  • Matt Langdon Try 60:00'
  • James Thorogood Try 65:00'
  • Charlie Lutterloch Conversion 66:00'

Team selection

Shaughnessy, Danny Shaughnessy, Danny
Davies, Brandon Davies, Brandon
Butler, Marty Butler, Marty
Allan, Derek Allan, Derek
Harwood, Jack Harwood, Jack
Lutterloch, Charlie Lutterloch, Charlie
Tingle, Dan Tingle, Dan
Evans, Jamie Evans, Jamie
Kanaar - Brown, Louis Kanaar - Brown, Louis
Dixon, Chris Dixon, Chris
Browne, Richard Browne, Richard
Chambers, David Chambers, David
Davies, Lewis Davies, Lewis
Thorogood, James Thorogood, James
Langdon, Matt Langdon, Matt

League round up

Other Wadworth 6X Southern Counties South results

Grove
14
46
Sherborne
Devizes
Swindon College Old Boys
Corsham
36
10
Yeovil
North Dorset
Dorchester

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Frome 22 78
2. Walcot 19 40
3. Thatcham 21 32
4. Sherborne 6 20
5. Grove 8 16
6. North Dorset 8 16
7. Yeovil 7 12

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