Wimborne lose to Swans in Semi-Final of the D&W Cup
WIMBORNE 11 SWANAGE & WAREHAM 17
Wimborne bowed out of the Dorset & Wilts Cup at the semi-final stage, suffering defeat at the hands of local rivals Swanage & Wareham at Leigh Park.
A large enthusiastic crowd was present to see the visitors put in a typically belligerent performance and in doing so were able to strangle the life out of Wimborne’s efforts in response.
Wimborne were forced to make a late change in bringing in Ricky Hempstead to replace the unwell Keelan Stringer at full back and Sean Barker making his seasonal debut at hooker but otherwise were near to full strength.
Nevertheless it was the visitors who started the better and took an early grip on the match particularly in restricting Wimborne to very little possession in any areas of the pitch. This pressure inevitably told with a trade mark try from a rolling maul the conversion of which along with a penalty when the referee blew up for one of the many infringements he spotted by the home team meant Swanage & Wareham were able to provide themselves with a ten points cushion within the first quarter of the match.
Wimborne gradually dragged themselves in to the match with scraps of possession and only an occasional sortie in to the visitors twenty two. On one such occasion Steve King was forced to leave the field with a leg injury and unfortunately Wimborne suffered further disruption when Jamie Walton suffered a nasty looking injury and had to leave the field causing a hasty reorganisation in the front row of the scrum and the nearest Wimborne got to a score during this period was the only penalty attempt at goal which went fractionally wide.
That said they plugged away and having forced a further transgression by the visitors Tom Moysey was able to slot over the resultant penalty to keep Wimborne in touch going in to the half time break trailing by 3 points to 10
Wimborne started brightly and with purpose in the second half clearly intent on finding field position from where they could attack the visitors. The defence was well marshalled though and the only in road Wimborne could make was a further penalty goal from Moysey to reduce the arrears.
At this point the game was evenly poised and the next score was always going to be crucial. Unfortunately for Wimborne it went the way of Swanage &Wareham when after a series of scrums on the home side line the referee eventually went under the post to award a penalty try which was converted to extend the visitors lead and take the sting out of WImborne.
In the final fifteen minutes the game broke up somewhat, both teams emptying their replacements bench and injuries and yellow cards resulting in the game being reduced to uncontested scrums for ten minutes. Nevertheless to their credit Wimborne kept up their efforts and in the dying minutes after a number of drives close to the line Ed Carter forced his way over for a try which proved to be the final act of the match.
Wimborne therefore coming up just short in what was a well contested full blooded cup tie.
Wimborne revert to league action this Saturday when they welcome Devizes to Leigh Park and will hope to get back to winning ways.
1 J Walton 2 S.Barker 3 T.Adams 4 T.Starr 5 D.Deguara 6 S.King 7 E Carter 8 D.Foley(capt)
9 J.Llewellyn 10 T.Moysey 11 J.Brown 12 O.Hamer 13 D.Robertson 14 L Long 15 R Hempstead
Replacements: B Hunt G Draper N Warren W Tabard M Corbin J Young A Kerley
Coaching Team : Giles Hewson, Dan Draper (manager) Matt Lishman Dave Oddie, Charlie Morgan Bob Adams