Uxbridge match report catch up. Dec-Jan
Harrow 0 (nil) - Uxbridge 52
Tries: Tony Bailey, Glen Curtin, Steve "Sat.Nav" Goodman, Es Brown, Paul Radford, Ryan Coubrough and James Hilliard x2
Cons: Glen Curtin x6 (12 pts)
The pick of the 8 try haul was from Uxbridge winger Tony Bailey who managed to side step and sprint in a glorious try from out of his own half.
The man of the match Ryan Coubrough made a welcome return to the fold this Saturday.
James Hilliard scored a well earned brace and Glen Curtin expertly kicked 80% of his kicks to walk off the field with 17 points tally on the day.
Harrow have struggled of late. It's sad to see a side that only two seasons ago knocked Uxbridge out of the North West Middx floodlit cup with some ease, to now face a similar Uxbridge lineup and fail to even score.
The wins against Roysten, Thamesians and now Harrow over the last few matches is encouraging for the New Year.
Next week Uxbridge travel away to Roysten in the league hopeful of a repeat of their 30 - 13 win over Roysten in November.
After a slow start and being close to the bottom of the table, every game is a must win for Uxbridge heading into the New Year. With Roysten also struggling to shine this season both sides will especially determined to grab some points this Saturday.
Herts & Middx Division 2
Uxbridge 38 - Thamesians 18
Tries: Michael Weymouth x3, James Hilliard x2
Cons: Glen Curtin x5 (10pts)
Pens: Glen Curtin x1 (3pts)
Uxbridge take much needed points in style.
Uxbridge flyhalf Michael ran in an impressive hat trick of tries, emphasising the dominance of the Uxbridge backs on the day.
The Uxbridge pack consistently out played their opposite numbers, providing a great platform for their backs to launch from.
James Hilliard helped compound Thamesians misery by scoring a fine brace of tries on the day.
From a forward’s perspective, it's always demoralising to see your efforts cut short by missed conversion or missed penalties, so imagine Uxbridge's delighted pack as Glen Curtin slotted a 100% kicking performance.
Thamesians failed to generate much in the way of an offence, effectively living off scraps in an effort to stay in the game.
Uxbridge need to continue to beat fellow strugglers like Thamesians, Roysten, Belsize Park and the like in order to guarantee an escape from relegation this year, but this could be a turning point at just the right time, heading into the New Year.
Herts & Middlesex Division 2
Belsize 3 – Uxbridge 0 (nil)
HT Score: nil - nil
Uxbridge lose in hard fought relegation battle.
Both sides observed a minutes silence before kick off due to the death of a Belsize "Old Boy" Gavin MacDonald.
Uxbridge started well, but gave away silly penalties to allow Belsize to clear their lines.
Belsize used some great tactical kicking to make Uxbridge work hard for territory for much of the first half.
Belsize used a blitz defence to great effect, making it hard for Uxbridge to move the ball the wide.
When Belsize did use the ball the Uxbridge defense was solid and Belsize rarely looked like scoring a try throughout the whole game.
Poor skills from both sides meant that all half chances to score tries were missed.
Uxbridge gave Belsize 4 kick-able penalties in the first half. After missing the first 3 attempts they elected to kick for the corner, but the resulting lineout and possession came to nothing and Uxbridge cleared their lines again.
At the start of the second half, Belsize started the better side.
Uxbridge bungled the catch from the kick off as the players had a low winter’s sun glaring in their eyes. A minute later Uxbridge conceded the penalty that would turn out to be the solitary and winning score of the match.
Uxbridge fought back hard, but never seemed to make the last pass count.
Uxbridge had roughly 80% of possession and and territory in the second half but seemed to lack the energy and the ideas to break down the Belsize defense.
Dan Pitkin and the majority of the pack deserved note for their efforts, though they lost a vital scrum against the head towards the end of the game and the referee adjudged several lineout throws as not straight.
Uxbridge did have a penalty attempt at goal that would have leveled the game in the 73rd minute, but at 40 meters out this was slightly beyond the range of fullback Glen Curtin.
Uxbridge 38 vs Bulldog 10
Tries: Weymouth, Batts, Curtin x2, Hilliard x2
Cons: Glen Curtin x4 (8pts)
Kilburn blew out on the forecast North West Middlesex Floodlit cup tie, giving Uxbridge a free ride to the next round.
Uxbridge took a strong clubside away to Bulldog (Richmond area).
Uxbridge managed to claw back from 10 - nil down to win the game.
Uxbridge players Simon Batts, Michael Weymouth scored great tries and Glen Curtin and James "Dave" Hilliard scored a fine brace of tries each.
The match saw Uxbridge No.8 Dan Pitkin return to the pitch after a serious knee injury earlier this season.
The Uxbridge pack retained the ball well at the breakdown area and disrupted Bulldog's set piece especially the lineouts.
The Uxbridge backs showed great hands all day and used the abundance of ball given to them well.
This win should boost morale heading into their league match away against fellow strugglers Belsize Park this Saturday.
Harrow I 32 vs Uxbridge II 17
Tries: Batts, Weisinger, Partridge
Uxbridge managed to score 3 tries against higher league opposition, before losing the game in the second half.
The side had to be re-jigged after a warm-up injury to veteran second row Gerry James, but the 2's fielded a strong side none the less.
Uxbridge players Simon Batts, Grant Weisinger and Steven Partridge helped give Uxbridge a 17 - 15 half time lead.
Harrow made 4 or 5 substitutions, bringing on their big guns, to turn the game in their favour, running in their 6th try of the day in the 80th minute.
Uxbridge could feel slightly aggrieved at the Harrow first team substitutions ruining the game as a contest, especially as in the spirit of fair play Uxbridge hadn’t sent a first team littered side when their own first team match was cancelled.