SWINDON COLLEGE OLD BOYS 20 - 22 WIMBORNE
Wimborne snatch and grab first win of the season at Swindon sends them into cup semi final.
Wimborne travelled to Swindon for the quarter final of the Dorset& Wilts Cup with yet again a much changed team. This was the first visit to the Nationwide Sports a number of years to play opposition from Southern Counties North
Wimborne started very positively and should have racked up two scores in the first ten minutes when first Ollie Hamer scythed through the home defence only for Jim Brokenshire to be forced in to touch some two metres short shortly followed by an incisive break from James Williams ending in the young full back losing the ball in contact close to the line.
That seemed to spur the home team into action and in the eleventh minute on their first visit to Wimborne territory they worked a try down the middle that was converted . Exchanges remained even for most of the rest of the half with neither side getting any real dominance and Wimborne failing to stamp any pattern into their play. A James Williams penalty got them on the scoreboard but then approaching half time flanker Ben Hunt was penalised and sin binned for foul play and the home side kicker confidently booted over the resultant penalty from close to the half way line to send Swindon into the break with a 10 points to 3 lead.
Wimborne started the second half on the front foot and with a return to full compliment were rewarded after a period of sustained pressure with a try when a long miss pass by Williams found skipper Watson lurking out on the left wing to touch down in the corner.
Just when it seemed Wimborne would take control the Old Boys extended their lead with about the first attack they made in the half when they scored out on the wing after another break down the middle of the pitch. The attempted conversion was allowed by the referee despite it appearing to some to veer away from the top of the goal post to extend to a 17 to 8 lead.
Back came Wimborne, Foley and Carter were becoming much more prominent in a series of drives towards the home side’s line and after a period of battering the line the referee’s patient eventually ran out and he set off to between the posts to award a deserved penalty try. Williams converted and suddenly Wimborne were within a score of their hosts.
But again Swindon boshed their way up field Wimborne transgressed at the break down and gifted the home team a further three points cushion.
With both sides visibly tiring and with only five minutes on the clock Wimborne dug deep and playing with much more of a pattern in their game set up a series of driving mauls which eventually culminated in evergreen scrum half Jason Llewellyn dummying from the base of a ruck all of a metre from the line and in true Robin Hood style diving over to rob the Old Boys . Williams kept his composure and slotted the conversion to put Wimborne in front for the first time in the seventy sixth minute.
It seemed Wimborne had done enough but of course not! Swindon evaded some tired tackling and once again the referee spotted an offence which set up an opportunity to win the fame. The up until then very accurate goal kicker pulled his forty metres attempt wide and Wimborne held on to advance to the next round.
Team Manager Dan Draper said “ my heart rate rose off the scale in those last few minutes but all in all I thought the team played with character and kept in going until the very final minute. It was a much changed team and I would like to thank those players who stepped in at the eleventh hour and who all contributed hugely to get us over the line”
Declan Foley when asked why he was leaving the pitch ashen faced apologised for not getting the opening win of the season. He was gently informed that we had indeed won the match and no doubt was suitably reminded of it again later in the evening!
Wimborne will be away to North Dorset in the semi final on 17th October.
1 R.Sturney 2 W. Watson 3 W.Cooper 4 M.Pride 5 P.Watson(capt) 6 B.Hunt 7. E.Carter 8 D.Foley
9 J.Llewellyn 10 T.Chaffey 11 J.Brokenshire 12 J.Hartnett 13 O.Hamer 1 4 C.MacIntosh
Replacements M.Hopkins,D.Case, C.Crompton