Sat 13 Apr 2019
By Matt Lewis
Wycombe’s penultimate match was at home against Slough and this was another game that followed a similar pattern to the match earlier in the season. The game started in bizarre fashion with both teams wearing predominately green and white. Not surprisingly after a few minutes the referee decided that the colours clashed, and Wycombe opted to turn their shirts inside out. This didn’t deter the home team as they quickly built up a healthy lead with Wycombe’s first try coming from a Slough scrum. Some strong work in the tackle managed to rip the ball from the Slough number eight’s grasp. With Wycombe on the front foot scrum half Freddie Roddick spotted a gap down the short side and got in behind the defence. He passed the ball out to Tom Bosley who drew the last defender and put Jake Banton away to score under the posts, Freddie Roddick added the extra two points 7-0. An excellent take from Tom Boardman at the restart put the home team immediately on the front foot. With Joff Forber carrying hard he managed to offload in the tackle to Matt Wardle. Although just outside his twenty-two he was in behind the defence and had the pace and strength to hold off the last defender to score, 12-0. More good work from the kick off saw Wycombe come close to scoring but a knock on from Tom Bosley halted the attack. The home team were penalised at the subsequent scrum, but the kick didn’t make touch and Wycombe ran the ball back. A penalty for coming in at the side of a ruck allowed Freddie Roddick to up the tempo and take the penalty quickly. He offloaded to Musa Umar who carried hard into the twenty-two, with quick ball and good hands from the backs Tom Boardman went over to score, Freddie made the kick 19-0. If Wycombe thought this was going to be an easy afternoon Slough had other ideas. With Slough having a big weight advantage in the scrum they were applying huge pressure and from a scrum penalty set up a lineout five metres from the line. A well drilled lineout set up a maul and with it edging forward the Slough hooker broke off to score 19-5. From looking in control Wycombe were now conceding penalties and seeing very little of the ball. After several offences at the breakdown Slough were camped in the Wycombe twenty-two. Another penalty was tapped quickly, and Slough went over to score 19-12. Penalties were really hurting the home team and another two in quick succession gave Slough a lineout five metres out. Another efficient lineout secured possession, the ball was moved out to the midfield and the Slough prop bulldozed his way over to score 19-19
HALF TIME 19-19
Half time saw a change of shirts and a change of mind set. A high hanging kick was expertly taken by Joff Forber and allowed Wycombe to attack down the short side. Slough were penalised and again Wycombe went quickly. An excellent line by Jake Banton saw him slice his way through the defence to score 26-19. A length of the field break put Slough on the backfoot and two high tackles in quick succession reduced the away team to 14 players. With the away team defending their own line Wycombe couldn’t make the advantage pay as two errors took play back into the Wycombe half. A solid scrum put Slough on the front foot and excellent continuity finally led to the Slough number 17 to break through several tackles to score in the corner, 26-24. It was Wycombe’s turn to be reduced to 14 men as Matt Wardle was penalised for taking a man out without the ball.
A strong Jake Banton break was only stopped when his pass was intercepted, from the resulting ruck the Slough scrum half box kicked. This was well taken by James Outten and put the home team on the front foot. Freddie Roddick spotted a gap and had the pace to beat the cover defender to score, 31-24. Freddie was instrumental in Wycombe’s final try of the afternoon when a clearing Slough kick didn’t make touch. This was carried back by Greg Butters who burst through several tackles and Slough were penalised. The ever alert Roddick took a quick tap went through a gap and fed James Outten to score 36-24. Another Roddick break set up a final Wycombe attack, but the referee adjudged that Tom Boardman knocked on in the act of scoring. Following the scrum an exceptional offload from the Slough inside centre took play up to the half way line. With Wycombe scrambling back the ball was fed out to the backs where an incisive break again from the inside centre enabled him to score a well worked try 36-29.
FULL TIME 36-29
Man of the Match
He battled hard in the scrum against much bigger men and carried relentlessly all afternoon.
Next week Wycombe’s final match of the season, the rearranged home game against Marlow
Also, congratulations to the 2nd team who finished their season with a 47-7 victory over a physical Reading Abbey team and have been promoted back to division 2.