Late finish from Spitfires not good enough to beat RAF Oidham
Southampton Spitfires were in action again this week on a Thursday evening kick off against a squad from RAF Oidham which is just located at the top of the Hampshire County.
The home side got off to a great start after good forward pressure saw the Spitfires camped on the visitors try line. The pressure told and Tui Tuviena sneaked over from close range and George Thropy added the extras to make it 6-0.
The RAF soon responded and some good forward play was rewarded when the visitors prop crashed over from close range to make it 6-4. The extras were added after making it 6-6.
The RAF then started to take control of the game as their huge pack started to wear the home side down. With the larger players making small breaks the Southampton backs were sucked in and the RAF halfbacks spotted this and sent the ball wide to score. Again the conversion was added and the RAF led 12-6 at almost the half time point. However with a few minutes to go the visitors dropped the ball close to the line and from the next play Southampton went wide to find centre Robbie English who scored out near the corner. This time Thropy missed the extras leaving the half time score 12-10.
The RAF then started the second half better than the hosts and went on to score 2 quick trys both out wide and both converted by the RAFs goal kicker. With the score 24-10 the RAF looked to have the game in the bag but the Spitfires had other ideas. With 10 minutes to go the Spitfires started to throw the ball around which allowed winger Chris Samms to score, Thropy converting to make it 24 - 16. The winger Luke Campbell also crossed out wide making the score 24-20. George Thropy missed the conversion and with that the Referee blew for full time to the relief of the RAF players.
The Spitfires reserves are in action again next weekend as they take on Mid West league leaders Gloucestershire Warriors.