Wimborne 24 - 48 North Dorset
Wimborne first home match ends in disappointment with second half display against North Dorset.
Wimborne kicked off their home 2015/6 league campaign with a visit from regular foes from North Dorset . With a much changed team and with the whole first choice back row injured or unavailable starting debuts were given to second row Tom Starr and flanker Dylan Case with first team captain Paul Watson also in the line up after being unavailable the previous week. In the back line the only change saw last season colt Callum Crompton in on the wing for unavailable James Mikolajewski .
With a good sized crowd basking in warm sunshine and copious amounts of recent rain helping to provide as good a Leigh Park playing surface as seen for many a season at this time of the year both sides set off with a positive intent to play an expansive game. It was North Dorset who made the early running and when Stewart slotted an early penalty. It was the same player who set up the next score when showing good pace he outstripped the home defence to set things up for scrum half Samson to score.
The unfamiliar Wimborne side were clearly taking some time to get working together but gradually following some resolute defence began to work themselves in to the game and after setting up camp on the visitors line Peter Mills came up from the bottom of a forward drive to register the first home points of the season in the twenty fourth minute of the half.
At this point of the half the visitors were under serious pressure , missed a kickable penalty attempt, had two players yellow carded and saw a well directed cross kick go agonisingly wide of Jim Brokenshire’s grasp . It was somewhat against the run of play therefore when North Dorset registered the next score on the half hour mark to stretch in to a 13 points to 5 lead.
The final eight minutes of the half saw the lead change hands three times. Initially after working their way close to the line young Dylan Case on his full debut went over from a line out drive and James Williams added the extras.
Wimborne were rampant now and after Ollie Hamer broke out from his own half to set up a good attacking position James Williams showed excellent strength to withhold all attempts to stop him . He converted the try himself and suddenly the home side found themselves 19-13 up with half time approaching.
A lapse of concentration immediately from the kick off though cost Wimborne dearly and within seconds North Dorset were back in front with a converted try to regain a one point advantage.
With the half time whistle approaching it looked like that would complete the scoring for the first period but not so. Williams kicked long out of defence, the visitors defence hesitated around the bouncing ball and Callum Crompton grabbed the opportunity to gratefully gather and put Tom Chaffey away for a score under the posts. With nineteen points in less than ten minutes Wimborne went into half time with a four point lead an with the unexpected four try bonus point already in the bag.
For Wimborne the second half is best forgotten. Whilst they re started brightly enough looking to press home the advantage they had created in the heady latter minutes of the first half it was not to be and an early penalty miss in front of the posts seemed to signal the beginning of a revival for North Dorset who bounced back with a try down the left wing after three minutes and never looked back thereafter
In all they recorded twenty eight unanswered points aided by some inaccurate kicking out of their own third by Wimborne which allowed the visitors to continually to run the ball back at the tiring home team defence which led to two scores in the final four minutes..
Another journey on the learning curve for this young Wimborne side and from which hopefully they will have indeed gained valuable win in their first two matches. Once again injuries did not help the cause and disrupted momentum with Skipper Watson, veteran scrum half Jason Llewellyn and young centre Jay Adams all having to leave the field for parts of the match and as a result Wimborne are having to dig deep in to their player resources at this early time of the season. Eight new players have represented the team already this season and there are plenty of signs that they will only improve with time
1 P.Mills 2 W. Watson 3 J.Arnold 4 D.Wale 5 T.Starr 6 J.Walton 7. D.Case 8 P.Watson (capt)
9 J.Llewellyn 10 T.Chaffey 11 J.Brokenshire 12 J.Adams 13 O.Hamer 1 4 C. Crompton 15 J.Williams
Replacements P.Roberts, B.Hunt, G.Maltman