Wimborne round off 2016 with a fast and furious VICTORY
Tries: Robertson (2), Hamer (2), Ashton Kerley
Conversions: Bartlett (4)
Wimborne rounded off the first half of the season with a pulsating, and often fast and furious, victory against the visitors from Marlborough.
Right up until the final few minutes, the match remained in the balance when the scoreline topsied and turvied one way and the other.
Wimborne had to make some late team changes when Tom Moysey failed a late fitness test, and then Ryan Maidment, who moved out one to cover, also succumbed to an injured leg and had to leave proceedings at half time. This led to Wimborne playing the second half with the Kerley brothers pairing up at half back for the first occasion.
By then Wimborne seemed to be in somewhat fortuitous control of the match having led 22 points to 11 at the interval.
The sides swapped penalties and then tries in the early part of the match with Wimborne fashioning a well worked score from Doug Robertson.
Suddenly the match tipped firmly in Wimborne’s favour when Ollie Hamer and then Ashton Kerley scored breakaway interception tries, snaffling up wayward passes from the visitors. Bartlett converted both and Wimborne opened up a lead.
The game changed in the final few minutes of the first half when Steve King was yellow carded for a high tackle and Marlborough were awarded a kickable penalty that allowed them to claw back three points before the break.
The visitors started the second half intent on making the man advantage pay, and after breaking out from deep in their own half scored an early converted try. With the momentum clearly with Marlborough, they again breached the Wimborne defence to edge into a 23-22 lead.
At this point the game was finely balanced with both sides continuing to spread the play in an endeavour to gain the upper hand. It was eventually the home team that made the vital break through, following a drive up the middle of the pitch in which Doug Robertson was prominent, Ollie Hamer darted through and laid on an exquisite return pass for Robertson to score and clinch the try bonus point. Bartlett added the conversion from in front of the posts. With the game still in the balance the killer blow followed after a long kick out from defence, Marlborough allowed far too much time to gather the ball and it was Hamer on hand again to pluck it out of the air and to run in unopposed to complete a man of the match performance.
Marlborough were not done yet. An uncustomary slip in defence allowed them in for their own fourth bonus point try although the failed conversion prevented them from obtaining a second losing bonus point as well.
Ten minutes still remained and in the gathering gloom Wimborne put up a disciplined defensive effort where their tremendous work ethic came to the fore to deny any further reduction in their advantage.
The win leaves Wimborne in clear second position in Southern Counties South only bettered by local rivals Swanage & Wareham in the first half of the season. They will look forward with justification to the second half of the season starting with the visit of North Dorset to Leigh Park on 14th January.
1 R Tinsdale 2 G Draper 3 T.Adams 4 T.Starr 5 D.Degeura 6 N Warren 7 S.King 8 D.Foley(capt)
9 Alex Kerley 10 R Maidment 11 Ashton Kerley 12 O Hamer 13 D.Robertson 14 W Wright 15 J Bartlett
Replacements: J Arnold P Watson C MacIntosh
Coaching Team : Giles Hewson, Mark Sturney, Charlie Morgan, Bob Adams