Witney marked the official opening of their new pitch with a dominant display. Here is the numbers' game. See Monday’s paper for full report.
Competition: South West 1 East
Score: Witney 35, Reading 13
Witney player ratings:
15.Ed Mitcham 8 (kicked and ran well)
14. James Monks 7 (solid display)
13. James Lamb 7 (tackled well)
12. Tom Harper 7 (some nice touches)
11. Dan Purkiss 8 (hard work rewarded with a try)
10. Henry Lamb 8 (got his tactics right)
9. Gareth Campbell 7 (decent distribution
1. Jamie Burke 7 (carried the ball well)
2. Sam Collins 8 (great first half)
3. Alan Richens 7 (got stuck in)
4. Richard Haire 8 (STAR MAN, always gained ground)
5. Charlie Bennett 7 (very determined)
6. Marc Copperwheat 7 (played his part)
7. Carl Campbell 8 (put in the hard yards)
8. Jez Hicks 8 (led by example)
19. Mark Fuller 7 (maintained momentum)
21. Wayne Caffekey 7 (made good impact)
16. Pierre Dubost 6 (brief cameo)
Referee: James Clarke (Warwickshire) – 6 (kept game moving)
Entertainment rating: 8.
Highlight: The slick line-out move for Jez Hicks’s try.
Lowlight: A couple more tries would have been nice.
Form guide: Witney played like a a top-four side, but can they maintain it?