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Your News Haywards Heath 13 - Wimbledon 24

This was a good result for Wimbledon to kick off their season back in London 1 after their promotion last season. But whilst the coaches and players will be very happy with the win, there were a few aspects of play theyll be less happy with: the passing and handling were very early-seasonish and the lineout didnt function as smoothly as last year. Most of all though was the huge penalty count against them, which theyll need to cut drastically if they are to challenge in this league.

That said, there were many more positives than negatives. Despite the absence of a number of 1st team squad members, the pack dominated the set piece, the backs created a lot of chances, the defence was strong, and there were some fine individual performances, not least from the newcomers Neil Brown and Jack Biddulph in the backs and Alex Walters, Dave Roberts and (albeit briefly) Jack Stileman in the pack.

After an early exchange of penalty goals from Heaths Rob Jackson and Wimbledon wing Leon Driscoll, the first try came fifteen minutes in when Dons no.8 Rich Stewart touched down at the end of a powerful forward drive. Driscoll converted, as he did the next try ten minutes later by prop Pete Wallace following a lovely break by fullback Dave Charles.

One minute into the second half he made another, running through four Heath players before giving the ball to skipper Chris Lewis. From the ensuing ruck stand-off Dan Brown scythed through Heaths back line to score in the corner. Driscolls excellent conversion brought up the 24 point total.

Then Wimbledon eased up a little, allowing Heath back into the game, aided it must be said by an extraordinary five minute period during which the home team were awarded no fewer than seven penalties, yielding them a Jackson goal and a converted try by no.10 Owain Jenkins. The game got increasingly scrappy throughout the remaining fifteen minutes, during which another penalty, 2m out from Heaths line, denied Dons a fourth try and a bonus point.

Despite the odd flaws this was a most encouraging start for Wimbledon and they will want a similar result next week at home to Cobham.

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