MARLBOROUGH 22 - 15 WIMBORNE
WIMBORNE COME UP JUST SHORT IN HOWLING GALE
Wimborne travelled to Marlborough on Saturday for their first visit to the Wiltshire club in many years. They could not have chosen a more difficult day with a very keen wind blowing across the sloping pitch perched high above the town. It was clear from the outset that the elements were always going to have a say in the outcome of the match.
Marlborough playing with the elements in the first half and of the back of a narrow one point defeat to North Dorset in the County Cup final the previous week racked up fifteen points early on and matters did not bode well for Wimborne at this stage.
Gradually though as the half progressed they began to secure a greater share of possession although the scrum which had performed particularly well in recent victories was put under considerable pressure from the significantly larger home club pack
Wimborne were disrupted further when scrum half Jason Llewellyn was forced to leave the field with a suspected broken thumb near the end of the half. With limited replacement options available to Wimborne hooker Sean Barker had to be withdrawn from the pack to fill in at scrum half and George Draper was introduced into the front row.
In adversity Wimborne were spurred on a well fashioned and well taken try for Tom Chaffey after some sustained pressure which sent them in to half time with some emerging belief that with the conditions in their favour in the second half that they could get something out of the game.
It was a case of what could have been in the second half though Wimborne had most of the pressure in the first twenty five minutes and like their opponents were able to secure two tries firstly Dylan Case was put over in the left corner after a pin point long pass from Chaffey and then after knocking on the door down the other touchline Tom Starr wriggled over in the corner for a first senior score.
Whilst back level and fully on the ascendency Wimborne did manage to cross the line a third time only to somehow unfortunately manage to drop the ball over the try line.
Marlborough having metaphorically and physically weathered the storm thereafter caught Wimborne in a flat spot and after electing to taka scrum five metres from Wimborne’s line instead of a penalty shot at goal rammed home their advantage with a match winning t converted try.
Wimborne did not lie down though and came back hard looking for an improbable fourth try bonus point but were not able to breakdown the dogged Marlborough defence again.
1 T.Adams 2 S.Barker 3 P.Mills 4 T.Starr 5 S. Longmire 6 P.Watson(capt) 7 E.Carter 8 D.Foley
9 J.Llewellyn 10 W.Tabard 11 D.Case 12 O.Hamer 13 J.Adams 14 C.Crompton 15 T.Chaffey
Replacements G.Draper K.Law