WIMBORNE 24 - 13 DORCHESTER
Wimborne return to winning ways.
Wimborne got back to winning ways with the first home match of 2016 against long standing opponents from Dorchester.
The heavy overnight frost had left the Leigh Park pitch very slippery on top but otherwise conditions were perfect on the day.
Wimborne had the best of the opening exchanges and despite having Alex Kerley yellow carded as early as the third minute looked as if they were likely to take an early grip on the match when after 12 minutes Jack Young went over for the opening score. It was not to be the case though and showing some gritty play belying their league position it was Dorchester who came back with the next two scores to tale an unlikely 8 points to 5 lead on the half hour.
First after missed tackles out wide Dorchester scored a try to level the scores and then after subjecting Wimborne to pressure on their line a penalty kick edged the visitors in front.
This seemed to galvanise Wimborne in to finding some greater tempo and in the final five minutes of the half they effectively put the match to bed with two tries, First Ollie Hamer carved his way through the Dorchester defence and then after an astute kick ahead by Will Tabard skipper Paul Watson was on hand to take the final pass , sell an outrageous dummy and scamper over close to the posts. Tom Chaffey added the extra to both tries and Wimborne went into the break with a 19-8 lead.
The second half was a case of the sides cancelling each other out with Wimborne never really finding the rhythm in their play that they craved and most unusually their first up tackling was not up to the high standards seen so far this season.
Wimborne stretched their lead with Paul Roberts try and Dorchester hit back with a try of their own after 25 minutes which was to be the final score of a curate’s egg of a match.
1 G.Draper 2 W.Wright 3 P.Mills 4 P.Watson(capt) 5 S. Longmire 6 B.Allcock 7 J.Adams 8 D.Foley
9 A.Kerley 10 W.Tabard 11 J.Young 12 O.Hamer 13 S.Leiper 14 P.Roberts 15 T.Chaffey
Replacements S.Barker, C.Lawes