Wimborne narrowly defeated by Devizes
Tries: Stringer, Robertson, Carter
Conversions: Moysey(3) Drop Goal: Moysey
Wimborne returned to league action on Saturday with high hopes of returning to winning ways after the disappointment of the narrow cup defeat the previous week.
Changes had to be made with skipper Foley, King, Hunt and Degeura all missing from the pack resulting in a first start of the season for Miles Corbin, a debut in the second row for former colt Ed Vivian and the eagerly awaited full debut at full back of Keelan Stringer.
Devizes without a win so far this season, were clearly getting back to full strength themselves and early exchanges and pressure on Wimborne told when two kickable penalty offences led to an early six points for the visitors.
As has often been the case this season, Wimborne seem to shift up a gear when they find themselves with opportunities to attack the opponent’s line and Saturday was no exception. Attacking from their own half Stringer was given his first opportunity to exhibit his pace and readily outstripped the Devizes defence to score in the corner. Moysey converted via an upright and Wimborne edged ahead approaching the quarter mark. Shortly afterwards a concerted forward drive allowed Moysey to shimmy close up to the line and from the quick recycling Doug Robertson went over unopposed. Moysey converted and suddenly a somewhat unexpected lead on the balance of play was gratefully grasped by Wimborne.
There are different times and different ways within a match to close it down and it looked as if Wimborne could stay in front going into the break. It was not to be the case though and indeed Devizes scored the next fifteen points in the match before Wimborne were able to trouble to get on the scoreboard again. A penalty and a try from close in brought them level before half time and then the all important first score of the second half by way of a converted try that saw the visitors smash and grab a 21 points to 14 lead.
Wimborne were not done though and drew level when after a searing break from Ollie Hamer Ed Carter was on hand to touch down for a converted try. 21 all.
Wimborne had to rearrange after Stringer was forced to leave the field after a heavy tackle and again Devizes took the lead when out of nothing their fly half squeezed in a drop goal but back came back Wimborne and Tom Moysey retorted with a similar effort of his own. 24 all.
After indiscipline from Wimborne immediately from the kick off, Devizes could have edged back in front but the attempted penalty from their normally reliable kicker sailed fractionally wide.
But it was Devizes who struck again when with less than five minutes to play Wimborne attempted to run the ball out from their own 22 and after a knock on Devizes set up what looked like would be the winning score followed after the powerful visiting scrum wore down the Wimborne defence.
Back came Wimborne again and after a long stoppage for an injury to the Devizes full back there was still time for one last throw if the dice. Wimborne managed to find some space sown the left flank but the final pass went agonisingly to ground with a potential score there for the taking.
A frustratingly narrow defeat for Wimborne who will hope to bounce back from this when they travel into Somerset to play Frome this coming Saturday.
1 P. Mills 2 S. Barker 3 T. Adams 4 T. Starr 5 E. Vivian 6 M. Corbin 7 N. Warren 8 E. Carter
9 J. Llewellyn 10 T. Moysey (capt) 11 J. Brown 12 O. Hamer 13 D. Robertson 14 L. Long 15 K. Stringer
Replacements: G. Draper, Alex Kerley, O. Howard
Coaching Team : Giles Hewson, Dan Draper (manager), Matt Lishman, Dave Oddie, Bob Adams