Narrow defeat at home
Tries: Murphy, Hamer
Wimborne welcomed Swindon to a soggy Leigh Park on Saturday hoping to arrest the losing run of league matches.
This was the first senior meeting of the two sides for many seasons and Swindon arrived on the back of only their second victory of the season the previous week against Stratford on Avon.
Wimborne welcomed back Degeura and Galdes, following their international stint with Malta and Joe Bartlett to full back. With skipper Foley having to sit it out after injury the previous week there was also a full debut for Jack Cook in the back row.
The heavy overnight rain meant some tricky under foot conditions although both teams showed some early intent to move the ball whenever the opportunity arose.
Wimborne started brightly enough and were able to register the first score when after a series of forward drives Sean Murphy forces his way over the line for an unconverted try. This score came in between two penalty kick misses and as a result Wimborne were never able to achieve any clear advantage over the visiting side during the early phases of the match.
Swindon’s response was to endeavour to pin Wimborne back into their own half and from one of these probes they fashioned a well taken try following a move down the middle of the pitch which was converted to nudge them into a 7-5 lead.
Wimborne had already lost George Carter with a leg injury early on and their structure and resources was further disrupted mid-way through the half when Steve King also succumbed to a nasty looking injury which meant neither we able to take any further part in the match.
Back came Wimborne though and after a period of sustained pressure they edged themselves back in front when Ollie Hamer managed to find a chink in the Swindon defence to go over for a second unconverted try.
Thereafter for the remainder of the half the two sides were able to gain any great advantage although it did appear that Swindon had scored right on half time only to be brought back for a forward pass.
If Wimborne had been able to shade the first half it was Swindon who upped their game in the second period gradually coming more and more into the match to put Wimborne’s defence under pressure and as a result Wimborne were finding it hard graft to create any clear cut scoring opportunities with the nearest they managed to come during this phase of the match was a penalty kick at goal which went narrowly wide of the upright.
With just over a quarter of an hour to go it was Swindon who made the crucial break through when a long ranging cross kick bounced awkwardly for the Wimborne defence and gratefully into the arms of the Swindon player who ran in unopposed to edge them into a 12-10 lead
With the clock ticking over in the gathering gloom Wimborne threw all they could muster at the Swindon defensive line without being able to find a way through. and whilst battering away in the final minutes the visitors defence held strong.
A disappointing result therefore for Wimborne and a further lesson that at this level you have to take all the limited chances that come your way.
Wimborne have a week off from league rugby to regroup and then are back on the road with the long journey to Stratford on Avon on 25th November.
15 Joe Bartlett 14 Jack Young 13 Ollie Hamer 12 Jack Mason 11 Lewis Mitchell
10 Paul Roberts 9 Ryan Maidment (capt) 8 Steve King 7 George Carter 6 Jack Cook
5 Darren Degeura 4 Robert Hay 3 Tyler Adams 2 Richie Brokenshire 1 Sean Murphy
Replacements: Ashton Kerley Terence Galdes Nathan Warren
Coaching & Management : Giles Hewson, Matt Lishman,Charlie Morgan, Dan Draper , Chris Leaton