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A continuation of their improved form was not enough for Cambridge to contain a canny Dorking side who looked good for their 3rd place in the league. However, with the home side playing into the wind in the first half, the crowd thought that a 0-9 deficit could be overcome. It is a while since we wondered where a try may come from at Volac Park, but the two sides negated each other very effectively in the first half, although it took a smart interception by Albert Portsmouth to stop a Dorking 2v1 yielding the first try. Dorking raised their game at the start of the second half and surprised Cambridge with some pressure and a score under the posts to make it 0-16. It's not unusual for Tom Jones to come off the bench and make an impact and he was in position to finish off a move started by Matt Goode breaking from deep to take it into the Dorking 22. The Boshoff conversion made it 7-16, but two more quick tries took the game away from Cambridge and despite a trademark number 8 pick up from Steve Hipwell and a nicely slotted Boshoff conversion, Cambridge never looked like bridging the gap.
Showing his best form since joining Cambridge, Matt Goode was Money Wise MoM.
The U10s (left) won the BSE Festival, winning all 5 of their matches, beating Sudbury in the Final.
The U15s played Eton Manor and won 38-10.
THe Colts had a disappoint trip to Tring losing 14-29 in a tough battle.
The future's bright - the future's Blood and Sand
Cambridge couldn't match league-leaders Henley Hawks on Saturday. After a slow start with no-one taking control Henley took the initiative from a penalty kick after 15 minutes and never looked back. The Cambridge defence once again looked strong for 30 mins but could not hold out all match. After 5 tries against them Cambridge did have periods of pressure but could not convert possession into points. Henley are now the only unbeaten team in the league. Read the CEN report here Read the Henley view here
A solid, if not spectacular, performance saw a much needed home win at Volac Park for Cambridge, as Dings Crusaders pushed them hard. First half tries from Martin Wolfenden and Steve Hipwell looked to have given Cambridge a good half-time advantage before DIngs scored with the last play of the half to take 14-7 into the dressing room. In the first rain of the season Dings thought they could spoil the party and pressured Cambridge but the home defence is looking proactive and solid this season. After an exchange of long range penalties, Cambridge survived a 10 minute spell with 13 men as first Pete Kolakowski and Ean Griffiths were yellow carded. With support from the crowd, Cambridge came through this test and Albert Portsmouth added a score to make it 24-10. Dings were not finished a scored with 10 minutes to go, but as the Autumn sun returned Gerhard Boshoff capped a fine kicking performance with a dropped goal to make it 27-17 at the whistle and cast a long shadow over the Dings return to the West Country with no points.
The front row worked very hard against bigger opposition and Kyle Dufty was deservedly name Carter Jonas MoM.
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|Wed 29 Oct 19:30||A||Old Albanian II|
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