NORTH DORSET 24 - 10 WIMBORNE
WIMBORNE BEATEN BY SECOND HALF ONSLAUGHT IN SLAUGHTERGATE DELUGE.
Wimborne travelled to Gillingham on Saturday for the first league fixture post new year, and for the second time this season having earlier visited for the Dorset and Wilts cup semi final.
In some of the worst conditions experienced at Slaughtergate, a dominant second half performance from the home team meant Wimborne came away empty handed but will continue to take encouragement from the spirited nature of their display.
Playing with the strong wind and driving rain at their backs in the first half, Wimborne were not afraid to take the game to their hosts, who themselves were clearly exhibiting a high level of confidence following the previous week’s Southern Counties Cup semi final victory at Marlow.
It was Wimborne who opened the scoring in the twelfth minute when after sustained pressure Ollie Hamer put Jack Young away down the blind side and the winger went over unopposed. Tom Moysey converted to set up a 7-0 lead.
North Dorset were soon back on level terms though when Wimborne were unable to clear their lines and the home team winger squeezed over in the corner for a try which was skilfully converted from near the touch line.
The remainder of the half got stuck in the ever increasing mud but Wimborne did manage to put themselves in front when North Dorset transgressed and Tom Moysey slotted the resultant penalty.
Close calls went begging for Wimborne to add to this tally with Joe Bartlett held up over the line and after a jinking run Sam Leiper was hauled down a metre short. The resultant feeling amongst the hardy travelling support at half time was that Wimborne were at least a score short of a decent total to defend in the second half.
Indeed this proved to be the case as the second half very much belonged to compounded by the worse possible start for Wimborne when in the very first minute an attempted fly hacked clearance ricoched back of a retreating Wimborne player into the grateful hands of the North Dorset winger who went over for a try which was converted to edge the hosts in front.
Wimborne were never able to recover from this and as the pitch and weather deteriorated even further they found in increasingly difficult to find a way out of their defensive third of the pitch.
North Dorset gradually extended the lead with a penalty goal and one further converted try to gradually put the game out of Wimborne’s reach although to their credit Wimborne defended manfully and continued to try and play themselves out from deep positions without any tangible success.
With a couple of minutes left on the clock Declan Foley appeared out of the murk to burst into North Dorset’s half and the most unlikely of losing bonus points momentarily seemed on the cards but it was not to be.
At least it looked like Declan Foley, or it could have been any one of most of the players on the pitch who for the final ten minutes or so all looked very mud caked similar to one another!
1 G.Draper 2M.Hopkins 3 P.Mills 4 T.Starr 5 S. Longmire 6 P.Watson(capt) 7E.Carter 8 D.Foley
9A.Kerley 10 T.Moysey 11 J.Young 12 O.Hamer 13 S.Leiper 14 J.Bartlett 15 T.Chaffey
Replacements J Brokenshire W Watson M Corbin