Wimborne suffer first defeat, but come away with two bonus points
A terrific second-half comeback.
Tries: Moysey, Kerley, Foley(2)
Wimborne made the long journey for their first ever league visit to Old Centralians in Gloucester on Saturday with a couple of changes in the team with Doug Robertson injured the previous week and Marcus Atkins unavailable. As a result veteran Richie Brokenshire was drafted in for the latter and Mitch Stainer returned to the back line.
The arduous journey appeared to have dulled Wimborne somewhat as the home team came at them from the very start giving the young Wimborne side their first taste of Gloucester rugby. The signs were soon there that this could be a hard afternoon for Wimborne for on the first two occasions when they got their hands on the ball in their own territory they were very quickly turned over. Centralians were intent on moving the ball quickly and the Wimborne defence was severely stretched and after just seven minutes was breached for the first time. When Wimborne did eventually get into Centralians half after patiently endeavouring to put a few phases together, indiscipline at the ensuing maul resulted in Wimborne finding themselves back on their own line once again.
This pressure told and the home team quickly added two additional well crafted tries to stretch their led to21-0 with only a quarter of the match gone.
At this point things looked somewhat ominous for Wimborne. Both Steve king and Ben Davies were forced off with leg injuries, although King was able to return in the second half. Wimborne continued to get themselves attuned to the pace of the game and were struggling to make their first up tackles count and when Centralians went over for a fourth time before the break to go into half time with a 28-0 lead the travelling faithful would have been forgiven for wondering where anything might be salvaged.
Whatever was said in the half time circle certainly made a difference and whilst it was Centralians who came closest early on with what would have probably put the game well beyond reach Wimborne to their credit gradually began to win a bit more possession and slowly began to get a foothold in the match.
After repelling another home team attack the Wimborne pack suddenly found an extra gear and took a scrum against the head just outside their own twenty two metres line. This was just the opportunity that Tom Moysey needed to weave thought the Centralians defence to score under the posts. Ryan Maidment quickly added the conversion and suddenly the belief crept into the Wimborne side that perhaps not all was lost.
Back came Wimborne and after Lewis Mitchell had seemingly got around the defence only to be called back for a foot in touch out on the left from a further attacking move the ball was then speedily moved to the right wing where Ashton Kerley took the final pass to score out wide.
Wimborne were rampant now and after a potential scoring pass just went over Kerley’s grasp Darren Degeura punched a hole through the Centralians defence and release second row partner Declan Foley who out stripped the defence to score.
With time running out and well into the final five minutes Wimborne went desperately in search of the bonus point score which duly came when after a concerted effort right across the team they drove over out to the left to reduce the deficit to six points and and as result claim a second bonus point .
There was still time for the kick off but the any thoughts of a most improbable victory were dashed when Wimborne were unable to get out of their own territory and the clock beat them to any chance to threaten again.
For Wimborne twenty two unanswered points in the second half after the confidence shattering first half an hour can only hold them in good stead as they go in to next Saturday’s home match with top of the table Old Patesians who are now the team with the only one hundred percent record in the league
15 Paul Roberts 14 Ashton Kerley 13 Ollie Hamer 12 Lewis Mitchell 11 Mitch Stainer
10 Tom Moysey 9 Ryan Maidment 8 Steve King 7 George Carter 6 Nathan Cotton
5 Declan Foley (cpt) 4 Darren Degeura 3 Michael Pride 2 Rich Brokenshire 1 Ben Davies
Replacements: Joe Bartlett, Miles Corbin, Sean Murphy
Coaching & Management: Giles Hewson Matt Lishman Charlie Morgan Dan Draper