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RUGBY UNION: Wallingford let big lead slip
9:31am Friday 20th September 2013 in Sport
Wallingford let slip a big lead as they lost 27-22 away to Alchester in their opening Southern Counties North contest on Saturday The visitors had led 19-3, but Alchester sealed victory when No 8 Adam Thompson was driven over in the dying minutes and centre Adam White converted.
Wallingford took the lead on ten minutes with a try from Dan Sadler, converted by Ralph Smith.
Alchester stayed in touch with a penalty from fly half Tom Barnes.
Tries from James Norris and Smith, who added a conversion, appeared to put the visitors well in control.
Barnes slotted a second penalty before half-time, but Luke Best’s drop goal kept Wallingford 16 points ahead.
It was only in the final quarter that Alchester gained the ascendancy, with flanker Matt Beckley scoring their first try, converted by Barnes.
With ten minutes left, wing Souava Rakikiki shrugged off three defenders to charge in from 20 metres.
White converted as Barnes had been sin-binned for a late tackle.
Man-of-the-match Thompson had the final say from a huge driving maul.
Grove stay at the wrong ened of the South West 1 East table after losing 23-6 at Towcestrians.
Towcester’s James Falvey and Grove’s Roger Sevier traded early penalties.
Falvey scored the hosts’ opening try and converted it him self from out wide.
Fly halves Sevier and Falvey slotted another penalty apiece to make it 13-6 at half-time.
Falvey added another penalty in a hard-fought second half before converting a try from Martyn Harvey.
Sam Froud-Davis scored a hat-trick of tries as Harwell hammered visitors Faring-don 49-18 in the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Championship.
Rob Douglas (2), Mark Baker, Jamie Cantwell, Nick Cantwell and James Hoskyns-Jones also crossed over, with Andy Lee converting two.
Faringdon, who had scrum half Darren Kenyon stretch-ered off with an ankle injury, replied with tries from Matt Tyrrell and Brian Doyle, plus two penalties and a conversion from Darren Clark.
Josh Witts scored 17 points as Didcot demolished Kingsclere 72-3.
Andy Pynegar, Justin Sammuller, Carl Betteridge and Ben Cox all scored a brace of tries, with John Stephens, Sam Lacy and Ben McLoughlin grabbing one as Didcot cut free against a very poor Kingsclere side.
Witts converted seven and added a penalty.