Heavy defeat but Wimborne will regroup and look forward to a new start in 2018
A fine display by Chippenham
Penalty: L Mitchell
The ever growing list of injuries and unavailabilities well and truly came home to roost for Wimborne in a most catastrophic way on Saturday, at Chippenham, when they shipped what was to be a record defeat for the club in league rugby, going down by 3 points to 124.
It was an unfortunate and highly chastening experience for the team and particularly the university returnees Cameron Taylor, Charlie Parry, and the very late called up Adam Jackson, the latter two both making their first team debuts. In addition Alex Kerley was also called up for his first match of the season in a much changed back division. All in all there were seven changes in the starting line up from the previous week's match with Banbury.
This was the first return fixture of the season, as the second half of the campaign kicked into action and a long long way from the last minute victory Wimborne had secured over Chippenham back at the beginning of the season. Chippenham’s last two matches had seen scores of 70 and 64 in their favour, although even with the weakened team Wimborne were forced to put out, the final outcome of this encounter could not have been anticipated.
Chippenham set out to move the ball around at every opportunity and were relentless in keeping up this approach throughout the match. Whilst Wimborne's willingness and endeavour could not be questioned, their application in dealing with wave after wave of constant attacking pressure, direct running and support play left them coming up way short with about half of Chippenham’s points being secured in each half of the match.
For the record, Wimborne’s only points came midway through the first half with a Lewis Mitchell penalty goal. Other than a late flurry, when they bashed away at the Chippenham defence close to their line without managing to break through, Wimborne never looked like adding to this score line.
Wimborne go into the Christmas break knowing that the upcoming fixtures in the New Year against Grove and Marlow now take on even greater significance in the quest to retain the current league position.
15 Charlie Parry 14 Luke Jackson 13 Nathan Warren 12 Ashton Kerley 11 Lewis Mitchell
10 Paul Roberts 9 Alex Kerley 8 Jack Cook 7 Ed Carter 6 Jamie Walton
5 Tom Starr 4 Darren Degeura(cpt) 3 Ben Davies 2 Ben Hunt 1 Sean Murphy
Replacements: Cameron Taylor, Terence Galdes, Michael Pride
Coaching & Management : Giles Hewson, Dan Draper, Chris Leaton