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Emphatic win at Old Wimbledonians...

London Division 3 South West
Old Wimbledonians 0 Cobham 51
15 September 2007

Cobham play magnificently with six try victory

In their second match of the season, away to Old Wimbeldonians, Cobham continued their excellent performance in the London Three South West league with a good win by over fifty points.

Cobham v Old Wimbledonians

There were a few changes to the side from last week, Nick Sutton returning to full back, Chris Perry playing at fly half and newcomer Tim Green making an impressive display at inside centre in his first match. With player/coach Billy Davison leading the way, the Cobham pack was exceptional throughout the match, demonstrating both solidity in the scrum and excellent performance in the lineout, and after the first two tries were scored, both by Mark Bennett either side of half time. The threequarters then showed their quality and pace, scoring another four tries in the second half with three tries from centre Tim Green and one from former captain Martin Green, playing on the wing, to put the result beyond doubt.

Cobham v Old Wimbledonians

Old Wimbeldonians have a good side, strong in the pack and speedy in the threequarters and had some good attacking play, forcing Cobham to defend well, but the Cobham all round play was just too good for them and the points scored were a fair indication of the commanding Cobham performance.

Playing in excellent sunshine, the players needed all the fitness acquired in pre-season training and after Cobham had started with the kick-off, both sides performed at pace. Cobham were penalised at an early ruck and from the penalty Wimbledonians attacked hard in the Cobham half, but the solid Cobham defence prevented any score. Cobham then responded smartly, Nick Sutton attacked swiftly from full back and was well supported by Ben Pickett to make good ground and Wimbledonians conceded a penalty, Chris Perry succesfully kicking the ball over to give Cobham its opening points.

Cobham v Old Wimbledonians

The Cobham pack started to move the ball forward powerfully, Jack Davison and Simon Mills creating good ground, and Chris Perry scored two more penalties as Wimbledonians found defence very difficult. Wimbledonians managed a good attack, creating space deep into the Cobham half but the Cobham defence was sound, winning the Wimbledonian's lineout at a crucial stage. Another good run by Nick Sutton took play deep into the opposition half and after Tim Green made good ground Cobham had a lineout close to the Wimbledonians line. Billy Davison won the lineout and the forwards combined well to advance the ruck over the try line with Mark Bennett able to score Cobham's first try, Chris Perry converting.

Wimbledonians raised their game at the start of the second half but were unable to score, despite being awarded a kickable penalty.

Cobham responded with a couple of good attacks and Chris Perry was able to successfully score two more penalties to further extend the Cobham lead. Cobham had yet another penalty, and from a lineout in the Wimbledonians 22 the forwards won the ball and drove over the line, Mark Bennett scoring his second try in almost identical fashion to the first to give Cobham a 27 point lead. The speed of the Cobham play became more impressive as the backs became more involved and after a good run, replacement Ben Creed took play within a metre of the line, inside centre Tim Green finishing the move with a good try.

Cobham v Old Wimbledonians

Spencer Franks was forced to leave the field through injury but the experienced Kevin Jarvis was able to take his place and Cobham continued to play exceptionally well. The ball was moved across the Cobham threequarter line in the next move, Tim Green then cutting inside to create space and the centre found a gap, sprinting to the line to score an excellent try. Wimbledonians re-started at the kick-off but the ball went to Jack Davison who led the pack to drive 50 metres downfield and after a couple of pirouettes close to the line, Martin Green forced his way over for Cobham's fifth try. Cobham were now totally in control, and when the team next obtained some possession Jack Davison again was at the front of the move which went almost the entire length of the pitch and was finished off by Tim Green who sprinted over the line to score his third try.

The match finished with Wimbledonians on the attack but Cobham defended well and prevented the home side from scoring at all. Another excellent performance by Cobham in their second match of the season and this has set a good foundation for the rest of the season.

Cobham: N Sutton, M Green, S Burton, T Green, L Bendall ; C Perry, S Franks; T Lee, M Bennett, W Mealey, B Davison, B Pickett, S Mills, J Green, J Davison

Report by Tony Maddocks