WIMBORNE 13 - 22 DORSET DOCKERS
DOCKERS VICTORIOUS IN FIRST VISIT TO LEIGH PARK
Wimborne welcomed high flying Dorset Dockers to Leigh Park for their first competitive visit following promotion to Southern Counties this season although with five of their players having represented Wimborne at some stage during their rugby development it was not completely unfamiliar surroundings for them.
This was born out in the early stages of the match when Dockers put the home team under long periods of defensive duties which for the first twenty five minutes that were able to sustain without being breached.
Wimborne themselves were giving home league debuts to RAF man Miles Corbin in the back row and Sean Longmire on his return from Australia. Conversely star of the season so far James Williams had played his last match before going off to New Zealand the previous week in the victory at Frome. Consequently it took a while for the new combinations to find a way into the match and Wimborne scarcely found a way out of their own half during the first quarter.
Once again as has been the case on a number of occasions this season Wimborne had a bad ten minutes in the latter part of the first half. Just when it looked as if they had weathered all Dockers threw at them they were finally penalised in a kickable position in the twenty eight minute which allowed Dockers to calm their own jittering nerves when fly half Stevenson slotted the resultant penalty.
Wimborne were thereafter guilty of kicking away what little possession they were able to achieve which resulted in two Dockers tries from returned kicks ahead, the second to a particularly cruel bounce which caught out the Wimborne defence. With the first of these converted Wimborne found themselves going into the break with a fifteen points deficit and something of a mountain to climb in the second half.
Wimborne did manage the first score of the second half when after five minutes new kicker Jay Adams efficiently slotted over from thirty five metres to put Wimborne on the board.
The match then descended into something of a stalemate with neither side getting any appreciable dominance although Wimborne will be pleased with the ever improving performance of their scrum as the match went on. Dockers were able to find some fresh impetus going into the final ten minutes of normal time and with the pressure telling both Corbin and Ed Carter were sent to the sin bin with the result that with only thirteen players on the pith at one stage Wimborne conceded a further converted try which effectively put the game out of their reach.
But as again has been the case this season Wimborne galvanised themselves into action in what was a freakish last five minutes. Initially Declan Foley went over in the corner with two minutes remaining and then deep into stoppage time after an astute kick ahead Dockers were judged to have impeded the chasing Wimborne player and referee David Allen had no hesitation in setting off to between the post to award a penalty try.
Unfortunately neither try was converted, the second after a retaken place kick and so what would have been a most improbable losing bonus point for Wimborne went begging!
1 T.Adams 2S.Barker 3 P.Mills 4 P Watson(capt) 5 S. Longmire 6 M.Corbin 7. E.Carter 8 D.Foley
9 J.Llewellyn 10 T.Chaffey 11 J.Brokenshire 12 O Hamer 13 P.Roberts 14 J Adams 15 J.Bartlett
Replacements G Draper C Lawes S Leiper