Wimbledon demolish Maidenhead 67-15 to stay top of the table – South London News

This was a substantial win over a team who were also having a successful start to their season and were playing on their own artificial pitch. 

Before the match, Wimbledon were able to select their strongest team so far, and they started well with right-wing Ollie Kitto darting down his wing after just five minutes to score the opening try, converted by Ed Morgan. 

Further tries followed for Kitto to make his hat-trick, and the bonus point try was secured in 26 minutes. Outside half, Ed Morgan, had a mixed afternoon. Out of eleven tries scored, he managed six conversions. 

The halftime score was Wimbledon 29-Maidenhead 3, their sole score points coming from a penalty by outside half Greg Smith after 21 minutes. 

Paul Hendry made one break to score the ninth try from his own half to the posts. Lock Jake Cleet was able to rule the lineout with Harry Scoble’s accurate throwing, as well as taking Maidenhead’s untidy ball several times. 

The front row squeezed a few penalties out of the scrums, and in the Wimbledon style, the balls were kicked to the corner – the third try being from a rolling maul from 10m out. The match was not all one-sided, Maidenhead did have their moments, with the left wing Alex Turton losing control of the ball when over Wimbledon’s line.

Later, their loosehead Elio Mandozzi scored in the corner on fifty minutes. Finally, replacement Kyle Beattie scored deep in injury time with a conversion from Smith. 

But Wimbledon were too far ahead by then for it to make much difference. Scoble had the final try just a short time earlier for Wimbledon to pass the 60-point mark and other tries came from Alex Kerr, Tom Boot and Jake Cleet, their eleven tries being shared through the team.

Wimbledon’s third XV also had a happy afternoon at home, winning 95 – 0 against a London Media XV.


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