Walcott 19 - 32 Wimborne
WIMBORNE ON A ROLL WITH FIVE TRY HAUL AT WALCOTT
Wimborne made the long journey to Walcott high on the downs above Bath last Saturday and surpassed all expectations by returning with a thoroughly deserved bonus point win.
With injuries and pre Christmas unavailabilities Wimborne were forced to make a number of changes in their starting line up. Macintosh, Moysey and Pride all returning from studenting in Cardiff, Corbin from RAF duties and Maidment back from working in Qatar and complaining how cold it was at 15 degrees in December!
Once again wet and windy conditions prevailed with a very tacky under foot surface suggesting that it would be difficult for either side to produce any expansive rugby. How wrong this proved to be with both teams intent on bringing their back lines in to play at every opportunity.
With Wimborne taking a little while to get their new combinations functioning it was the home team who made the early running and after some shoddy tackling opened the scoring with a converted try under the posts to put them into a 7-0 lead after so many minutes had passed.
Any chance that Wimborne would allow the home team to take control was quickly repelled though as they worked themselves down in to the opposition territory and pretty much stayed there for the remainder of the half.
They opened their account when Walcott strayed offside and Tom Moysey slotted over a straight forward penalty goal and then after an impressive driving maul took them deep into Walcott’s twenty two from the ensuing penalty Miles Corbin reacted with great alacrity with a quickly taken tap penalty and despite the attention of three Walcott defenders powered over the line to edge Wimborne in front.
Wimborne now had their tales up and their hosts were clearly reeling and with their influential second row in the sin bin for stamping a further bout of controlled play resulted in the award of a penalty try when Walcott were forged to transgress once again which converted by Moysey sent them in to the break with a well earned lead.
Wimborne were clearly aware that Walcott were not ready to lie down just yet and skilfully countered Walcott’s early efforts by fashioning three well worked and clinically executed tries in the second half.
Initially after Joe Bartlett made significant progress down the left wing when the final pass seemed to have gone astray a ricochet back off a Walcott defender fell into the hands of Declan Foley who appeared from nowhere in support of his back line.
Walcott did claw back an unconverted try which only spurred Wimborne on to produce a highly effective ten minutes period of play.
Firstly Ollie Hamer made one of his trade mark breaks scything deep into Walcott territory to find Tom Moysey in support who dummied his way over the line for a try which he converted himself and then after some crisp inter passing between backs and forwards the ball went out along the line for full back Tom Chaffey to be on hand to take the final pass and to round off the scoring for Wimborne.
Back came Walcott but Wimborne continued to show they are made of sterner stuff these days as with the match won they were intent on preventing Walcott achieving the two tries they required for the consolation of a bonus point out of the game. The home team did manage to breach Wimborne’s defence just once but otherwise it held firm to deny the home team.
So the half way point in the season is reached going into the Christmas break with the second part of the season so far showing a great improvement on the earlier efforts. Wimborne will welcome all the other side’s currently in the bottom half of the league to Leigh Park in the remainder of the season and will be targeting all those matches as must wins. Saturdays win will hopefully have given them a confidence boost for not just those matches but the stern tests they will encounter on the road to the teams in the top half of the league as well.
1 G.Draper 2 S.Barker 3 P.Mills 4 T.Starr 5 S. Longmire 6 P.Watson(capt) 7M.Corbin 8 D.Foley
9 R.Maidment 10 T.Moysey 11 C.Macintosh 12 O.Hamer 13 J.Adams 14 J.Bartlett 15 T.Chaffey
Replacements M.Pride D Addcock A Kerley