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RUGBY: Missed conversion proves costly for Wallingford
7:54pm Wednesday 9th October 2013 in Sport
Wallingford were pipped 33-31 in an exciting match at home to Sou-thern Counties North opp-onents Royal Wootton Bas-sett.
A try under the posts from Harvey Bateman put Walling-ford into an early lead, but Olli Henderson missed the conversion, which was to prove crucial.
After the visitors had levelled the scores with an un-converted try, Wallingford regained the lead when Mario Da Silva touched down following a well-paced kick from Henderson to make it 10-5.
But Wootton Bassett replied with two unconverted tries to take a 15-10 interval lead.
A try just after the break extended their advantage to 22-10. Wallingford were awarded a penalty try which Henderson converted.
But the visitors hit back with a penalty and unconverted try following some poor tackling, to take a seemingly decisive 30-17 lead.
Da Silva’s second try, converted by Phil Dawes, cut the deficit, before Bassett kicked a penalty to make it 33-24.
Concerted pressure saw Bateman slice through to score from close range for his second try, Dawes converting to close the gap to two points. Despite a final push from Wallingford, the visitors de-fence held firm to clinch the points.
Despite missing a number of first-team regulars, Grove proved too strong for visiting Cheltenham in a 35-17 victory in South West 1 East.
Wing Harry Carr scored two tries, with centre Nick Sevier and prop James Eckert also going over.
Full back Roger Sevier kicked three conversions and three penalties in the bonus-point success.
Cheltenham replied with two converted tries and one penalty, their second try coming after Grove stopped playing, expecting a forward pass to be awarded.
The visitors’ first try was a pushover effort against a seven-man scrum after Grove lock Richard Haire had been sin-binned.
Harwell’s unbeaten run in the Berks Bucks & Oxon Championship was ended by a tentative 35-5 defeat at Risborough.
A try from scrum half Rob Froud-Williams was all Harwell had to show for their efforts, while Risborough bagged six tries, a conversion and a penalty.
Faringdon lost 17-8 at Wheatley.
No 8 Jason Wilson crashed over for Wheatley’s opening try, but Faringdon hit back with a penalty from Darren Clark.
Wheatley struck decisively with tries from Adam Muir and Nick Banton either side of half-time, with Muir converting the latter.
Rhys Lewis’s try gave Far-ingdon hope. But Wheatley sealed the physical battle.
Josh Witts scored a try and added four conversions as Didcot beat Winslow 33-10.
Didcot’s other tries came from Ronnie Booth, Greg Arthy, Frankie Dorrian and Andy Pynegar.
Abingdon went top after receiving a walkover from Crowthorne.