Henley 0 – 19 Wimbledon
Wimbledon edged closer to safety with a richly deserved victory over a surprisingly lacklustre Henley at a rain-sodden Dry Leas on Saturday afternoon.
Following a cagey opening quarter, the visitors deservedly took the lead on 15 minutes with fullback Matt Gilbert going over after sustained pressure from the away side. A second try followed shortly afterwards when Daniel Laventure crossed the line with Hawks prop, Brad Cook in the sin bin.
The second half started in a similar vein to the first. With Brad Cook off injured with a head injury, the Hawks had to play the rest of the game with 14 men having had to resort to uncontested scrums in the process. Wimbledon went further ahead in the 60th minute with Ben Brooks crashing over in the corner.
It was a fantastic performance from the away side who played with real heart and commitment, leaving their supporters daring to dream about survival in National 2 South.
Photos by Steve Karpa
Tries: Gilbert 15, Laventure 30, 70
Conversions: Doe 15, 30
Referee: Richard Haughton
Man of the Match: Dylan Flashman
Hawks: Cook (Emery 56), Emery (Wunder 52), Primett, Clements, Hyde, Haynes (White 64), White (Berry 41), Lowe, Venner, Butler, Robinson, Perry (Portland 59), Awcock, Andre, O’Neill
Replacements: Ball, Wunder, Albon, Berry, Portland
Wimbledon: Ugodulunwa (Beale 52), Brooks, Bayford (Swandells 62), Flashman (Scott 71), Campbell, Laventure, Rice (Hore 52), York, Morgan, Doe, Hutson, Bellamore, Dudman-Jones, O’Leary-Blade, Gilbert (Waltier 62)
Replacements: Beale, Swandells, Scott, Hore, Waltier