Wimborne victorious in Cup Quarter Final
DORSET & WILTS CUP
WIMBORNE 32 SHERBORNE 0
Tries: Bartlett, Brown(2) Starr, Moysey
Conversions: Bartlett(2) Penalties: Bartlett (1)
Wimborne welcomed Sherborne to Leigh Park on One Club Day for the quarter final Dorset & Wilts cup encounter and were able to take the field with the same starting fifteen from the previous week’s league success at North Dorset. The extended bench meant last season’s player of the year Pete Mills was making his first appearance of the season and talisman Steve King back from his leg break of over twelve months ago was also brought in to the squad.
As has been their want in all games so far this season Wimborne were slow out of the blocks and the visitors fielding a very young side themselves were eager to take the game to Wimborne. Early injuries meant that King was introduced to the fray considerably earlier than was probably intended but gradually Wimborne began to get themselves in to the match. A penalty goal after fifteen minutes slotted over by Joe Bartlett calmed the cup tie nerves somewhat and it was the same player who was on the end of a crisp passing move down the right flank to cross the line and eventually breach Sherborne’s resilient defence.
Matters were fairly even thereafter for the remainder of the half with Wimborne going in to the break with a hard earned eight points lead.
The second half proved to be a much more one sided affair. Whilst Wimborne continued to find Sherborne difficult to break down they gradually began to become more expansive in their game and eventually after a long miss pass in mid field young Jordan Brown snaffled the ball up and held off the defence to score in the left corner.
This seemed to break Sherborne’s resistance as two further tries followed in quick succession in the same corner, a second for Brown after a well constructed move across the back line and then Tom Starr back on the field as part of an astute rotation of the replacements bench crashed over. Bartlett was able to add the extras to the first of these and Wimborne had pulled out to comfortable 25 to nil lead with a good fifteen minutes to play.
There was still time for a final try when the visibly tiring Sherborne defence opened up to allow Tom Moysey to scamper in for a further converted try.
Another encouraging performance with once again a well organised defensive display augmenting the natural attacking tendencies of the team and setting up a semi final date with Swanage & Wareham on October 15th.
Meanwhile this week its back to league action with newly promoted Coombe Down paying what is likely to their first ever visit to Leigh Park.
1 T.Adams 2 B.Hunt 3 G.Draper 4 T.Starr 5 D.Deguara 6 E.Carter 7 N Warren 8 D Foley(capt)
9 J.Llewellyn 10 T.Moysey 11 J.Brown 12 O.Hamer 13 D.Robertson 14 W.Wright 15 J.Bartlett
Replacements: P Mills,K.Stringer,L Long, S King
Coaching Team : Giles Hewson, Dan Draper (manager) Dave Oddie, Charlie Morgan, Bob Adams