WIMBORNE 17 - 11 SHERBORNE
FOLEY TO THE FORE AS WIMBORNE WIN AT HOME FOR FIRST TIME
Wimborne pulled off their first home win of the season with a come from behind victory over Sherborne with two late tries sealing a highly satisfying display.
O n a damp and blustery afternoon Sherborne had started the more positive of the two teams and went ahead through a penalty when Wimborne were caught off side as early as the fifth minute of the match.
Wimborne , with debutants Craig Lawes, a third generation of that particular lineage to play for the club, in the front row and new signing Richard Sharp at flanker, gradually worked themselves in to the match but were guilty as in previous matches of not making as much use of the possession that they did achieve.
But as the quarter marker Tom Chaffey saw an opportunity to run the ball from deep in his own half and found Declan Foley lurking out wide with along miss pass. Foley made considerable ground before joined by Sharp and the two of them exchanged passes with Foley romping clear to score what will already be up there as a try of the season contender! Paul Roberts converted and Wimborne were up and running.
They were unable to press home any advantage that this gave them though and gradually the visitors brought themselves back into contention with a second penalty with ten minutes of the half to play and then once again Wimborne’s Achilles heel the final five minutes of the first half was their down fall once again with Sherborne scoring in the corner to secure a 11 points to 7 interval advantage.
The second half commenced in a strengthening wind in Wimborne’s favour and they held all the territorial dominance but were unable to convert any of it into points. Hamer and Leiper in the home team centre though were efficiently dealing with anything Sherborne tried to fashion through the mid field and the defence stood firm.
A penalty attempt was missed and then when with fifteen minutes to play and having subjected Sherborne to a sustained period of pressure which looked to have reaped dividends when Paul Roberts appeared to score only to be called back for a foot in touch , the anxious crowd began to wonder whether it was indeed going to be their day .
But this near miss together with an astute introduction of Will Tabard for his seasonal debut seemed to give Wimborne the confidence they needed to go on and win the match. Tabard put in some raking kicks for territory and with time running out and in the gathering gloom making it difficult to see from one side of the of the pitch to the other Wimborne finally struck. Veteran scrum half Jason Llewellyn sniffed an opportunity don the blind side from a ruck and there was Foley again to exert impressive power to make it over the line in Container Corner to give Wimborne a one point lead.
This seemed to knock the stuffing out of Sherborne and after both the impressive Sharp and a Sherborne protagonist were sin binned as emotions ran high in the final minute up popped Hamer with a rapier like break into the visitors twenty two to put Roberts away who made no mistake with this second opportunity to seal a hard fought but thoroughly deserved victory .
1 T.Adams 2 S.Barker 3 C.Lawes 4 P Watson(capt) 5 S. Longmire 6.Sharpe 7. E.Carter 8 D.Foley
9 J.Llewellyn 10 T.Chaffey 11 J.Brokenshire 12 O Hamer 13 S.Leiper 14 J Bartlett 15 P.Roberts
Replacements B.Hunt J Walton W Tabarb