Wimborne earn a bonus point in defeat.
Closely fought match against unbeaten League Leaders.
Tries: Atkins, Stainer
Penalties: Bartlett (2)
Wimborne returned to Leigh park on Saturday when the visitors were the table topping Old Patesians from Cheltenham who came as the only team in the league with a one hundred percent record after the first five matches.
The tough match the previous week had taken its toll with injuries to Davies and Carter, compounded by the unavailability of three other players meaning significant changes were made to the Wimborne side including full debuts for Sean Murphy and Jack Mason. Jamie Walton stepping up for his first match of the season and Marcus Atkins and Joe Bartlett returning to the starting fifteen.
As a result Wimborne took some time to settle into the match and it was the very well organised visitors who made the early running although Wimborne managed to restrict their scoring to one penalty goal in the tenth minute.
Wimborne gradually got themselves into the game and levelled the score when Patesians were caught offside in front of the posts and Joe Bartlett slotted over the penalty kick.
Wimborne then put together ten minutes of their own when they made one or two forays into the visitors territory. Tom Moysey broke from half way and Marcus Atkins was the first man up in support and showed impressive pace to outstrip the Old Pats defensive cover and score Wimborne's first try of the match. Bartlett converted to give Wimborne a 10-3 lead.
Unfortunately for Wimborne their exit to clear their lines from the next Old Patesians venture into the home team twenty two metres line was not as clinical as it could have been and the visitors hit back with a converted try of their own to level the score at 10-10
For the remainder of the half, Wimborne were on the back foot with Moysey serving a ten minutes yellow carding and Walton having to leave the field injured. The Old Patesians showed why are sitting at the top of the league by placing the severely stretched Wimborne defence under considerable pressure which they eventually breached for a converted try. Approaching half time with a 17-10 lead.
That said, Wimborne went into the break with some confidence. Despite having been under the cosh for long periods, they still remained very much in touch.
The worst possible start to the second half would have wilted this confidence when, within two minutes, Old Patesians crafted a well worked score to go over for their third converted try and extended the lead to 24-10. At this point, it looked a tall order for Wimborne to come back from.
To the credit of the Wimborne team, whilst Old Patesians were patiently looking towards a fourth try bonus point, it was the home side who began to claw themselves back into contention and came mighty close to scoring when on two occasions chipped kicks into the corners bounced agonisingly to avoid the pursuing players. Wimborne kept at it and with Celyn Beynon adding some new impetus they eventually were able to move the ball wide to the livewire Mitch Stainer who crossed for a well deserved first senior try.
This led to an intriguing final phase of the match and with time running out Old Patesians were penalised within the twenty two and pragmatically Wimborne elected to take the penalty kick at goal which Bartlett duly slotted to secure a losing bonus point and at the same time deny the visitors the time to go in search of the four try bonus point themselves.
Wimborne can take much from this match. Up against a powerful and well organised team, easily the strongest they have come up against so far this season, and they showed that they can compete with the best at this level.
Next Saturday is a non league week with Wimborne back in action at Oxford Harlequins the following week. (21st October).
Meanwhile the second team will be travelling to Trowbridge for the Dorset and Wilts Second Team Cup semi-final on Saturday 14th October.
15 Paul Roberts, 14 Joe Bartlett, 13 Ollie Hamer, 12 Jack Mason, 11 Mitch Stainer,
10 Tom Moysey, 9 Ryan Maidment, 8 Steve King, 7 Nathan Warren, 6 Jamie Walton,
5 Declan Foley (cpt), 4 Darren Degeura, 3 Michael Pride, 2 Marcus Atkins, 1 Sean Murphy
Replacements: Celyn Beynon, Terrence Galdes, Rich Brokenshire
Coaching & Management: Dave Oddie, Charlie Morgan, Dan Draper, Chris Leaton