Credit to an inexperienced 15 who put up a brave fight against Salisbury
Try: Ashton Kerley
Conversion: Connor Carpenter
As a result of injuries and a host of other players unavailable for a variety of reasons, Wimborne went in to the match with local rivals Salisbury with no less than four players making their full first team debut and three more debutees on the replacements bench. As a result of injuries during the game, and other enforced changes they finished the match with four current colts players, who bravely stuck at the task until the bitter end.
The match started amidst snow flurries sweeping in across Leigh Park and the blustery arctic like conditions were very much to play a part in the pattern of the match particularly in the first half.
Wimborne were disrupted early on when Jack Young had to leave the field with a cut to his forehead to be replaced by Flavell and when Tyler Adams also had to go off Robbie Holman joined the fray forcing Wimborne in effect to play three quarters of the match with six debutants.
Neither side was able to gain any clear dominance during this half when handling errors and a lack of accuracy meant neither side was able to convert any of the territorial advantage gained in to clear cut chances and whilst Wimborne did defend resolutely they did get caught out on one occasion for the only score of the first half to give Salisbury a 5-0 lead at the break.
Wimborne introduced their seventh new player Connor Carpenter at half time and were able to get a foothold in the match when after just ten minutes Wimborne harried an error out of a Salisbury attack and Ashton Kerley snatched up the loose ball to outstrip the defence and run in close to the posts. Carpenter stepped up to add the extras and to nudge Wimborne into a 7-5 lead.
For a while it looked like Wimborne could achieve an improbable outcome from the match but try as they might and despite the youthful back line aided by Jason Llewellyn at scrum half probing away they were unable to find a way through.
As the match went on into the final quarter it was the equally inexperienced Salisbury team whose greater physical attributes came to the fore to force Wimborne’s defence into a couple of errors leading to further scores. They finally put the game beyond Wimborne’s reach with a fourth try late on to seal victory.
Great credit has to go to the Wimborne team as this was probably the least experienced first fifteen that they have put out for a very long time and whilst they came up short on the day there were many plus points to arise from the performance as a whole.
The defeat leaves Wimborne one place above the relegation zone and they will be looking to get back to winning ways with the visit of Stratford Upon Avon next Saturday.
15 Max Hewson 14 Hari Teversham 13 Jack Young 12 Ben Ashmore 11 Ashton Kerley
10 Paul Roberts 9 Jason Llewellyn 8 Jack Cook 7 Mark Hopkins 6 Will Grogan
5 Rowan Leeton 4 Tom Lofts 3 Terence Galdes 2 Ben Davies 1 Tyler Adams
Replacements: Robbie Holman, Connor Carpente,r Ben Flavell
Coaching & Management: Matt Lishman, Charlie Morgan, Dan Draper, Chris Leaton