WIMBORNE 10 - 15 FROME
Disappointing end to closely fought match
The disappointment at the end of this closely fought near bottom of the table encounter with Frome was clear to see when Wimborne were found wanting in the second half and unable to build on a hard fought 10-5 half time lead.
With a number of changes including half the pack and the whole of the front row it took Wimborne a while to get into the match with the early exchanges very evenly matched.
It was not until the seventeenth minute that Wimborne made the initial break through when Jim Brokenshire showing glimpses of that trademark outside break was put away by Tom Chaffey after Jason Llewellyn had probed the short side and out sped the Frome defence to score down the left flank.
Any though that this might provide the springboard to build from was soon quashed when Frome hit back with an unconverted try of their own to level the scores up.
Wimborne playing against a strong wing took what looked like it might be decisive lead when very shortly before half time a crisp movement of the ball led to Ollie Hamer dummying his way over close to the posts. Unfortunately the attempted conversion drifted just wide but Wimborne went into half time with a 10-5 lead knowing they had the elements in their favour for the second half
For Wimborne though it just never happened in the second half. It was clear that their intended strategy was to get down into Frome territory by making use of the wind in their favour but they could not try as they might achieve anything like the amount of possession they needed to successfully put this into practice.
As the half went on it was Frome who grew in confidence and Wimborne became more and more desperate in defending their narrow lead. Eventually their defence yielded when from a quickly taken penalty Frome eventually pierced the home side’s defences and with the try converted took a two points lead.
Despite throwing Tyler Adams a welcome returnee from injury and colt Cameron Taylor into the fray Wimborne were frantically chasing the game now and disciplinary lapses did not aid the cause when on more than one occasion the referee ordered them back additional metres at disputed penalties. It was Frome with a penalty goal who achieved the only other score in the match when Wimborne were penalised in their own twenty two just over five minutes from full time.
Despite urgent efforts to salvage something from the match Wimborne were never able to threaten the visitor’s line and were left clutching at the potential significance of at least a losing bonus point in what was a disappointing defeat
1 G Draper 2M Atkins 3 P.Mills 4 L Carey 5 J Walton 6 B Allcock 7 E.Carter 8 D.Foley (capt)
9 J.Llewellyn 10 O Bourton 11 J Brokenshire 12 O.Hamer 13 S Leiper 14 J.Adams 15 T.Chaffey
Replacements T Adams A Kerley C Taylor