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1st XV - Match centre

Sat 13 Jan 14:15 - South West Division - South West 1 East Full time

Two bonus points for Wimborne, despite losing away to Marlow

In high scoring match

Tries: B Hunt(2), A Kerley, C MacIntosh, R Maidment, M Stainer
Conversions: J Bartlett, R Maidment

Wimborne travelled to bottom of the table Marlow encouraged by the previous week’s victory over Grove and looking for a third away win of the season.
In the end despite scoring six tries they were disappointed to return home with a narrow defeat in a high scoring game.

Wimborne welcomed back Jack Mason and Ashton Kerley in the back line and Ben Hunt and Jamie Walton stepped in up front.
On a raw but dry day down by the River Thames, it was the home team who dominated the first half after having opened the scoring with a penalty goal in front of the posts thereon scoring three driving maul push over scores which Wimborne were just not able to counter.
Wimborne had briefly taken the lead when Kerley set up Ben Hunt for the first of his brace of tries on the day but thereafter the half belonged to the home team. A fourth try gave them the bonus point before the break although Wimborne breathed a bit of hope in to their challenge when right on half time Jason Llewellyn put in an astute kick which Kerley was able to gather and score right in the corner to reduce the half time deficit to 12- 27
In the second half Wimborne did come much more in to the game although a further try from their elusive young fly half appeared to have put Marlow out of site. Almost from the kick off though Wimborne reduced the arrears when replacement Callum MacIntosh pounced on a loose pass to intercept and go over unopposed.
Moving in to the last quarter the game began to break up somewhat as both teams had players consigned to the sin bin which disrupted the game even further. Marlow kept the scoreboard ticking over just enough to protect their lead but it was Wimborne who threw everything at their hosts in the latter stages of the match, The bonus point try was secured when Llewellyn and Maidment combined to send the latter over in the corner. And when Hunt burst through for his second score which Maidment converted, things were set up for a pulsating final few minutes with Wimborne frantically searching for a second bonus point. This eventual came when after a patient build up Mitch Stainer was the man on hand to take the final pass wide out on the right wing.

Incredibly and eight minutes in to over time there was still time for one more kick off and when Wimborne secured the ball the visiting supporters dared to think that there may be the most unlikely of victories on the cards. Unfortunately Wimborne were penalised and Marlow decided to bring the game to an end by kicking the ball out of play.
Two bonus points in the bag which in effect increased the gap to the chasing pack near the bottom of the table but in truth Wimborne had given themselves too much to do after the first half
Next week Wimborne will be at home to Old Centralians from Gloucester.

Wimborne team:
15 Joe Bartlett 14 Ashton Kerley 13 Paul Roberts 12 Jack Mason 11 Lewis Mitchell
10 Ryan Maidment (Capt) 9 Jason Llewellyn 8 Jack Cook 7 Miles Corbin 6 Jamie Walton
5 Tom Starr 4 Darren Degeura 3 Terence Galdes 2 Ben Hunt 1 Sean Murphy
Replacements: Mitch Stainer, Michael Pride, Callum MacIntosh
Coaching & Management : Giles Hewson, Matt Lishman, Dan Draper, Chris Leaton , Charlie Morgan

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League round up

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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