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1st XV - Match centre

Sat 16 Sep TBC - South West Division - South West 1 East Full time

Three wins out of three for Wimborne

Wimborne were back on the road with a trip to Grove in Oxfordshire on Saturday and after a hard fought contest came away with a bonus point victory to maintain their one hundred percent record for the season.

Tries : Moysey, Mitchell (3), Maidment
Conversion: Moysey, Bazalgette (2)
Penalties: Bazalgette (2)

It was very much a game of two halves with the home side getting the better of the early exchanges. But Wimborne thoroughly taking control of the second half with twenty seven unanswered points.
Wimborne made the worst possible start when direct running from the Grove midfield caught out the defence, and inside three minutes Grove had taken a 5-0 lead. Wimborne, with their third different centre partnership in as many matches, and with Ollie Hamer and Ashton Kerley making their seasonal debuts, were finding it difficult to put any phases together or to achieve any cohesion in their offensive play. Nevertheless they did manage to get some points on the board after getting themselves into the Grove twenty two for the first time, they were awarded a penalty which Harry Bazalgette, playing his final game before going off to Exeter University, coolly slotted between the posts.
Grove continued to keep the pressure on, utilising their big forwards to attack close in. Eventually this told when they secured a second try which was converted to put them 12-3 ahead.
Wimborne looked up against it at this point and with Paul Roberts having to leave the field with a leg injury and Bazalgette in the sin bin for ten minutes, it was looking ominous. But they found themselves back in it when Tom Moysey broke from well in his own half to out strip the defence and dummy his way over. He converted himself to reduce the deficit to two points.
Wimborne then immediately committed the cardinal sin of failing to deal with the restart. The ball was spilled and within seconds Grove had crossed for their third try of the half to send then in at the break with a 19-10 advantage.
The second half started with Grove looking to extend this advantage and they came very close to scoring when their speedy winger was bundled into touch just short of the line. Thereafter Wimborne were able to step it up a number of gears and for the remainder of the half they played the game at a greater tempo to keep the hosts very much on the back foot .The scrum, which had been rock solid throughout, became more and more prominent with Darren Degeura and Steve King leading a succession of charges into the heart of the Grove defences. The pressure eventually told when moving the ball wide from the left out to the right wing Kerley was tackled just short but had Lewis Mitchell, on as replacement, right on hand to touch down out wide.
Wimborne very much had their tails up now and after driving down into the left corner again a pinpoint cross kick from Moysey found Mitchell out on the right who scored to put Wimborne ahead for the first time in the match. Balzalgette converted to stretch the lead to three points.
Wimborne were not for letting up now and after once again kicking into the corner from a penalty, a well orchestrated catch and drive resulted in Maidment scooting around the blind side to touchdown and keep up his try a match start to the season. Balzalgette converted to stretch the lead to 29-19.
The final try was a personal triumph for Mitchell when he showed good strength to stretch for the line to get his third and Wimborne’s fifth try of the afternoon.
There was still time for one final foray into Grove territory. The home side were penalised in front of the posts and Balzalgette knocked over the kick at goal to bring up a final score line of 37-19
Wimborne will be back at Leigh Park for the visit of Marlow next week, hoping to continue the impressive start to the season.
Wimborne team:
15 Paul Roberts, 14 Ashton Kerley, 13 Ollie Hamer, 12 Harry Bazalgette, 11 Mitch Stainer,
10 Tom Moysey, 9 Ryan Maidment, 8 Steve King, 7 George Carter, 6 Miles Corbin,
5 Declan Foley (cpt), 4 Darren Degeura, 3 Terence Galdes, 2 Marcus Atkins, 1 Ben Davies
Replacements: Michael Pride, Nathan Warren, Lewis Mitchell
Coaching & Management: Giles Hewson, Matt Lishman, Charlie Morgan, Dan Draper, Chris Leaton

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
8. Witney 26 65
9. Stratford Upon Avon 26 60
10. Swindon 26 53
11. Wimborne 26 53
12. Marlow 26 39
13. Grove 26 33
14. Bicester 26 19


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