Wimborne win opening match of the season
A fine performance by the 1st team
WIMBORNE 35 BLANDFORD 3
Tries: Moysey(3), Bartlett, Brokenshire
Conversions: Moysey(2) Penalties: Moysey(2)
The new season which kicked off on Saturday was greeted with persistent and occasionally heavy rain, which cleared in time for the long anticipated start to be bright, both on and off the pitch.
Wimborne welcomed newly promoted Blandford to Leigh Park for this opening Southern Counties league fixture with a number of changes in their ranks from last season.
Under new captain Declan Foley, with Liam Long and Tom Moysey back from university, Nathan Warren and Jordi Brown stepping up from last season’s colts squad, new player Darren Deguara was introduced in the second row and Doug Robertson was welcomed back after a year off and completing his nuptials during the summer!
It was Blandford who appeared well organised and started the better of the two sides, and for the first ten minutes or so, dominated possession. In response the Wimborne defence looked equally well organised, which was to remain a feature of their performance throughout the match.
Having repelled the early pressure from Blandford, Wimborne started to get some phases together and from their first three visits into opposition territory each time came away with something to add to the scoreboard.
In the ninth minute Blandford were caught offside and Tom Moysey registered the first points of the match, five minutes later the lead was stretched when scrum half Jason Llewellyn, starting again for yet another season, probed the narrow side and sent Moysey over in the line via the corner flag. The next visit resulted in a further penalty in front of the posts and in not many more minutes Wimborne had racked up an 11-0 lead.
Blandford came back with a penalty goal of their own before Moysey darted over to complete the first half scoring at 16 points to 3 to the home team.
In the second half Wimborne gradually began to extend their dominance and as a result scored a further nineteen unanswered points all in the last half hour of the match.
After a searing run Liam Long evading numerous tackles was eventually brought down short of the line and after quickly re cycling the ball Tom Moysey dummied his way over under the post for his and the team’s third try.
Wimborne were effectively pushing up their defensive line forcing Blandford to kick the ball back to them and from one such occasion skipper Foley drove deep into the visitors half, a measured chip ahead and the impressive Joe Bartlett was on hand to gather and touchdown for the bonus point try.
Blandford to their credit kept going but it was Wimborne with their slickest handling movement of the day saw the ball swiftly moved wide to the left wing where Jim Brokenshire was on hand to score wide out, evoking memories of many similar clinical finishes in the past.
With a tough run of games coming up it was important for Wimborne to get off to a good start and Giles Hewson and his coaching team will be pleased with the outcome.
Wimborne: 1 R.Sturney 2 B.Hunt 3 G.Draper 4 T.Starr 5 D.Deguara 6 P.Watson 7 N.Warren 8 D.Foley(capt) 9 J.Llewellyn 10 T.Moysey 11 J.Brokenshire 12 O.Hamer 13 L.Long 14 J.Young 15 J.Bartlett
Replacements: T Adams D.Robertson J.Brown
Coaching Team: Giles Hewson, Matt Lishman, Dave Oddie, Dan Draper (manager)