A fine win for Wimborne, on a foggy pitch at Walcot.
Tries: Bartlett(2), Moysey(2), Carter(2), Hamer, Adams
Wimborne followed the star on nativity fancy dress weekend to Walcott RFC, high on the Lansdowne hill above Bath on Saturday and the large travelling band of supporters (although we are not too sure there were three wise men amongst them) were delighted with the performance of the team in securing a most comprehensive victory.
They arrived in good spirits, well they assumed they had arrived because the thick damp fog meant the match was in doubt until shortly before kick off time when mercifully it cleared enough to allow the game to go ahead.
Wimborne were keen to build on the impressive victory over Swanage & Wareham two weeks previously with the only change from that match being the return of Ed Carter to the back row.
Wimborne started with purpose and scored early tries from Moysey and Bartlett, both converted by the former, prior to letting their hosts on to the scoreboard with a penalty goal 14 -3.
Despite the murky conditions Wimborne’s intentions were far from foggy and never afraid to give it a go they then scored what is being referred to as the try of the season so far, when after breaking out from their own line many pairs of hands were involved before Joe Bartlett was on the end of the final pass to touch down much to the delight of the travelling supporters. The home team did raise a glimmer of hope right on the half time break with a try from a dodgy straight line out to end the half with Wimborne 21 points to 8 ahead.
Once again Wimborne demonstrated a second half prowess which has been a feature of their play most of the season so far. Giles Hewson and his coaches used the replacements wisely and when Ryan Maidment had to leave the field with a leg injury with twenty minutes to go (some say with the intention of getting to the bar early) Ashton Kerley showed his versatility by putting in a shift at scrum half.
Five unanswered tries were scored in all in the half, Carter scored twice, one each from Moysey and Ollie Hamer, and on behalf of the front row union Tyler Adams crossed the whitewash with some aplomb.
With all but one of these efforts being converted, Wimborne racked up the half century in impressive style and a collection of wise men, shepherds and assorted farm yard animal thereafter enjoyed themselves in the very hospitable Walcot clubhouse.
Next Saturday is the final match before Christmas when Wimborne wind up the first half of the season entertaining Marlborough who now lie one position below Wimborne in the league table.
1 R Tinsdale 2 G Draper 3 T Adams 4 P Watson 5 D.Degeura 6 E.Carter 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, N Warren, W Wright
Coaching Team : Giles Hewson, Dan Draper (manager), Dave Oddie, Bob Adams