Feb 23 2012 By Tim Street
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Uxbridge 20-25 Croydon
UNLUCKY Uxbridge were knocked out of the London & SE Junior Vase to a try with the last move of the game on Saturday.
Hosting Surrey League One side Croydon, who play a level above, Uxbridge got off to a flier, with full back Luke Matthews chasing a clearance from Mickey Weymouth to score after less than a minute, before handing the ball back to Weymouth to convert.
Croydon came straight back when a powerful Uxbridge scrum was adjudged to have been wheeled by the referee, and a quick tap led to the visitors scoring in the corner.
Matthews put Uxbridge back in front with his second try, brushing off some Croydon tackles to score before Weymouth again obliged with the conversion.
But Croydon struck back with a penalty and then a try, with Uxbridge were guilty of multiple infringements, despite showing serious strength up front, dominating the scrums and disrupting plenty of Croydon line-out ball.
Weymouth scored another penalty following a period of sustained pressure, but Croydon struck back with a further score, although they once again failed to convert, giving Uxbridge the opportunity to work their way back up field.
Weymouth missed his first attempt with the boot, but not long after was given a second chance and this time delivered to put the sides level with a few minutes to go.
Unfortunately, Croydon created an overlap on the wing and scored the winning try with the final move of the game.
There was worse to come when news filtered through that neighbours and promotion rivals, Old Merchant Taylors', beat Old Isleworthians to go top of Herts/Middx Two, leaving Uxbridge with a real battle for promotion.