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Wimbledon
Barnstaple
R Ridley
Full time
Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown
J Doe
Unknown, Unknown, Unknown
J Doe (3)
Sat 2 Sep 15:00 - RFU National - National League 2 South

Wimbledon 13 – 31 Barnstaple

Not the start Wimbledon wanted to their first season in National 2,

National League 2 South 2nd Sept. 2017

Wimbledon 13 – 31 Barnstaple

Not the start Wimbledon wanted to their first season in National 2, neither in terms of their performance nor the score – a 13-31 defeat by Barnstaple. Whilst it was exciting to see so many talented new players on the pitch for Wimbledon it was clear that they need to gel together before they play to their obvious potential. By contrast Barnstaple looked a settled side and fully exploited Dons’ miss-passes, poor lineouts and lack of teamwork in the rucks. And Dons’ cause wasn’t helped either by the worrying injury toll, with every replacement used, not for strategic purposes but to replace the walking wounded.

The game began well enough for Wimbledon, with their set scrum having the edge on the opposition – as they did throughout the game – and after 10 minutes debutant no.10, James Doe put them a deserved three points up. Ten minutes later though, a soft penalty gave possession to Barnstaple who launched their first serious attack, emerging with a try by flanker Bayet, converted by scrum half Petheridge.

But from the re-start Dons won the ball, the pack drove forward and open side Rich Ridley burst through a maul to score his first try in Wimbledon colours. Doe’s conversion gave them a 10-7 lead. Then the mistakes started creeping in and, compounded by the concession of too many penalties and turnover ball, possession became a rarity. Relishing their ample supply of good ball, Barnstaple’s back line took full advantage and ran in tries by Tott, converted by Petheridge and Winston, taking the half time score to 10-19.

The second half was more of the same; after an early three points from Doe, Dons barely touched the ball. When they did, an error soon turned it over. But despite the lack of ball Wimbledon were never out of the game and with more forceful clearing out at the rucks and fewer penalties, they could have come back at the visitors. As it was they had to watch Barnstaple create space and overlaps out wide, from which they ran in two good tries, both scored and converted by Petheridge.

Although this was a disappointing match for Wimbledon it did at least demonstrate that they are clearly not out of their league in National 2 – and they will be looking for a more disciplined and cohesive performance at home to Worthing next week.

Key moments

8:00
Penalty James Doe kicks a penalty for Wimbledon
23:00
Try Richard Ridley scores for Wimbledon
24:00
Conversion James Doe kicks a conversion for Wimbledon
30:00
Penalty James Doe kicks a penalty for Wimbledon
32:00
Try Try for Barnstaple
33:00
Conversion Conversion for Barnstaple
35:00
Try Try for Barnstaple
43:00
Penalty James Doe kicks a penalty for Wimbledon
50:00
Try Try for Barnstaple
51:00
Conversion Conversion for Barnstaple
64:00
Try Try for Barnstaple
65:00
Conversion Conversion for Barnstaple

Highlights

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75:00 Yellow Card
Yellow card for Barnstaple
73:00 Yellow Card
David Thornton is yellow carded for Wimbledon
70:00 Sub On
Kareem Swandells is substituted on for Wimbledon
66:00 Sub On
Nick Ogbonna is substituted on for Wimbledon
65:00 Conversion 16 - 26
Conversion for Barnstaple
64:00 Try 16 - 24
Try for Barnstaple
53:00 Sub On
Bertie Haskins is substituted on for Wimbledon
51:00 Conversion 16 - 19
Conversion for Barnstaple
50:00 Try 16 - 17
Try for Barnstaple
43:00 Penalty 16 - 12
James Doe kicks a penalty for Wimbledon
40:00 Sub On
Niall MacSweeney is substituted on for Wimbledon
End of period 1
36:00 Missed Conversion
Conversion missed for Barnstaple
35:00 Try 13 - 12
Try for Barnstaple
33:00 Conversion 13 - 7
Conversion for Barnstaple
32:00 Try 13 - 5
Try for Barnstaple
30:00 Penalty 13 - 0
James Doe kicks a penalty for Wimbledon
24:00 Conversion 10 - 0
James Doe kicks a conversion for Wimbledon
23:00 Try 8 - 0
Richard Ridley scores for Wimbledon
10:00 Missed Penalty
James Doe misses a penalty for Wimbledon
8:00 Penalty 3 - 0
James Doe kicks a penalty for Wimbledon
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Wimbledon
  • Barnstaple
  • 0
  • James Doe Penalty 8:00'
  • Richard Ridley Try 23:00'
  • James Doe Conversion 24:00'
  • James Doe Penalty 30:00'
  • Try 32:00'
  • Conversion 33:00'
  • Try 35:00'
  • Niall MacSweeney Sub On 40:00'
  • James Doe Penalty 43:00'
  • Try 50:00'
  • Conversion 51:00'
  • Bertie Haskins Sub On 53:00'
  • Try 64:00'
  • Conversion 65:00'
  • Nick Ogbonna Sub On 66:00'
  • Kareem Swandells Sub On 70:00'
  • David Thornton Yellow Card 73:00'
  • Yellow Card 75:00'

Team selection

Taylor, Will Taylor, Will
Ike, Adam Ike, Adam
Bellamore, Leighton Bellamore, Leighton
Gilbert, Matt Gilbert, Matt
Charles, Josh Charles, Josh
Doe, James Doe, James
Morgan, Rhys Morgan, Rhys
York, Chris York, Chris
Ridley, Richard Ridley, Richard
Thornton , David Thornton , David
Hore, Andy Hore, Andy
Turner, Ben Turner, Ben
Bayford, Josh Bayford, Josh
Ugodulunwa, Bradley Ugodulunwa, Bradley
Beale, George Beale, George

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# Team Pl Pts
10. Worthing Raiders 11 25
11. London Irish Wild Geese 11 24
12. Barnstaple 11 22
13. Clifton 11 22
14. Old Redcliffians 11 8
15. Broadstreet 11 8
16. Wimbledon 11 3

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