Fine win for Wimborne over local rivals Swanage.
Five tries for another bonus point.
Tries: Maidment, Bartlett, Moysey, Foley, Robertson
Conversions: Moysey (2)
Wimborne pulled off a first win over near rivals Swanage & Wareham in the last six meetings and their first league win against them at home since December 2004.
In the end it came down to a dominant second half performance when Wimborne ran in seventeen unanswered points to record what was eventually a comfortable bonus point victory and the first defeat of the season for the visitors.
Wimborne with Steve King and veteran prop forward Russell Tinsdale boosting their forward power and Ryan Maidment moving to scrum half made their best start to a match this season.
They raced in to a twelve points lead when first Maidment charged down an attempted clearance kick and followed up to touch down and then after Tom Moysey broke away Joe Bartlett was on hand to run in from forty metres. Moysey converted
The second quarter belonged to the visitors when they showed typical resilience by scoring two tries of their own one out wide after the Wimborne defence was slow to cover and then a second close in . With the second try converted the match was tied at 12-12 .
Wimborne came back strongly and whilst a long range penalty attempt was off target a further eminently kickable penalty was turned down when they tried to accumulate from a tapped penalty but without success.
I t was clear from the touch line that the first score of the second half was going to be pivotal and it only took less than two minutes in coming. Maidment broke from just inside his own half and created space for Moysey who outstripped the flailing defence to go over in the corner.
From that point on Wimborne never looked like letting the visitors back into the game and indeed very rarely allowed them out of their own half of the field. When Rob Elford the Swans hooker was sin binned Wimborne sensed the opportunity was there to secure a fourth try bonus point and opted for a scrum from the resulting penalty and duly converted it in to a push over try with skipper Dec Foley fittingly getting the touch down.
The final score came after a sweeping move found Ashton Kerley who jinked back inside and Doug Robertson was on hand to hit the line at pace.
A highly satisfying victory for Wimborne and with second place Marlborough also going down to a surprise defeat they were able to gain ground on both the teams above them in the league.
The next league game is the long trip to Walcot on December 10th.
1 R Tinsdale 2 G Draper 3 T.Adams 4 P Watson 5 D.Degeura 6 N Warren 7 S.King 8 D.Foley(capt)
9 R Maidment 10 T.Moysey 11 Ashton Kerley 12 O Hamer 13 D.Robertson 14 J Brown 15 J Bartlett
Replacements: T Starr, M Corbin W Wright
Coaching Team : Giles Hewson, Dan Draper (manager) Matt Lishman Charlie Morgan Bob Adams