Purley John Fisher win 23-13 away from home at Ellingham & Ringwood
PURLEY John Fisher overcame a spirited Ellingham & Ringwood side last Saturday by winning 23-13 away from home.
As this was a rearranged fixture on a non-league weekend, selection was made from deep within the playing squad, with a blend of youth and experience.
PJF were prepared for a fired-up E&R side that set out their stall by taking advantage of their narrow pitch by running hard through the middle and then changing the line of attack.
But PJF's defence stood up to this tactic with excellent midfield defending by Swiatkiewicz , Miles and Murphy.
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The young flanker pairing of Callum Law and Phil Jones was very successful and a constant thorn in the E&R side as they foraged, tackled and ran the hard yards.
From a solid base in the scrum and at the lineout, PJF were able to work their way into their opponents' half gaining good territorial advantage and possession.
Tom Leather opened the scoring from a five-metre scrum when he touched down after a concerted drive from the PJF eight, while fly-half Miles Murphy slotted the conversion and added a couple of penalties to reward PJF for their hard graft.
From a good passage of play that involved all players, the ball was moved swiftly across the paddock, leaving centre Piotr Swiatkiewicz to break for the line.
Despite being halted, he managed to free a pass to his centre partner Liam Miles to score PJF's second try.
In the second half, PJF continued to defend well and attack hard and fast. A classic move with the ball was won on one touchline and then moved smoothly down the line to allow winger Chase Thompson to out-pace the covering defence and run in a try on his debut.
With Jones sin-binned and PJF down to 14 men, E&R managed to cross the whitewash, adding a try to their tally of 13 points.
Hooker Ben Inglis was unlucky not to have his try allowed in the dying minutes but unfortunately the official was unsighted as he touched down after a lineout take and drive.
Tomorrow, PJF have another long away fixture when they visit Eastleigh.