Photos courtesy of Tim Pitfield Photography
Rams opened the stronger when a string of infringements from the home side gave fly half Alex Seers the opportunity to kick a penalty deep into opposition territory. The lineout that followed was ruthlessly executed, to allow the outstanding Rams number 8 Jamie Guttridge the opportunity for his side’s only touchdown of the afternoon. Seers was unable to ad the extras and the men from Reading took a 5-0 lead after just 8 minutes.
Aside from a Seers penalty on the 28th minute bringing the score to 8-0 to Rams, the scorers were untroubled for the next 40 minutes as the defences from both team snuffed-out each other’s attacks. It took a piece of brilliance from Warren Seals on the 46th minute when the DMP fly half eventually collected his own well executed chip to set up his scrum half Euan McKirdy for a touchdown near the posts, Seals himself adding the extras, to make it 8-7 to Rams. It stayed that way until the 71st minute when Seers kicked a penalty to give his side a 4 point lead and the Rams defence held for the rest of the game for an epic victory.
After the game Rams DoR Seb Reynolds paid tribute to the team effort saying “I thought we were very good today in shutting down an extremely dangerous DMP attack, which is a great credit to the boys and in particular to Danny Batty [Rams defence coach] and Owen Root [Rams forwards coach] because our defence was exceptional and our set piece gave us a great platform to operate from”. Reynolds went on “I thought we also dealt very well with the long journey and the overnight stop and that’s a great credit to our volunteers and in particular Matt Maxwell [Rams 1st Team Manager] who works tirelessly to keep the Rams show on the road”. When asked about life in National 1 the Rams DoR beamed “We are really enjoying the challenge and the opportunity to meet new teams up and down the country. Today [Saturday 21st] we played in a fantastic facility with a brilliant atmosphere and it was so nice to see DMP’s minis providing a guard of honour and the youth section getting behind their side. I think that’s what community rugby is all about”.
Final score 11-7 to Rams.
This Saturday Rams take on nearby rivals Chinnor in what promises to be an exciting and intriguing local derby. “This week is a huge challenge” said Reynolds “Matt [Williams – Chinnor DoR] and Ricky [Khan – Chinnor Backs Coach] are old friends and they do a really good job for their club – and Matt normally pulls something unusual out of the bag for games against us and I have no doubt that this week we will be trying to outguess each other.
Rams v Chinnor Saturday 28th September @ Old Bath Road, KO 2:30pm.