Berkshire President’s delight turns to dismay

8th May 2010
by David Bolton
The listing was posted by Berkshire County RFU

Dorset & Wilts 48 – 10 Berkshire. Berkshire President, Roy Mears, was disappointed that after winning at home last week Berkshire could not continue the habit away to Dorset & Wilts.
The home pack quickly established dominance, and won possession almost at will. This was fully exploited by their well organised backs and this led to the first score coming after 7 minutes, a try scored by Dorset & Wilts. Scrumhalf Bell converted by outside half Westall, followed quickly by another unconverted try scored by Lilley.
At this stage Berkshire were uncompetitive lacking aggression in the contact area and the last thing needed was a yellow card given to Clarke for handling in the ruck, the resulting penalty conversion giving the home team to a 15 – 0 lead after 15 minutes.
They continued to dominate and scored a further 19 points before Berkshire started to compete physically and were rewarded by a penalty and a converted try to bring the score to 35– 10 at half time.
In the second half Berkshire were able to command more of the play but could not convert their possession into points, the home side being more clinical in taking their chances and added another 13points without a reply from Berkshire.
Berkshire now travel to Marlow to play Buckinghamshire hoping to return to the form they showed in beating Sussex.
Dorset & Wilts team: K Lynch, Pottage, Warner, Cluslelt, Lilley, Westall, Bell, Sanders, Barwick, Mannion, Gilbert, Pallas, Manning, Saville, West.
Subs: Samuels, Esnouf, R Lynch, Richards, Knott, Edwards, Chalk
BerkshireCox, Yates, Mackay, Manupenu, Williams-Paul, Franklin, Carter, Aiona, Clarke, Frost, Klunkler, Ball, Harvey, Surman, Mirza.
Subs: Britton, Thomas, Abbott, Bailey, Webb, Brown, Stowart