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1st XV - Match centre

North Dorset
Sat 14 Jan 14:15 - South West Division - Southern Counties South Full time

Wimborne keep the pressure on the league leaders


Tries: Hamer(2), Ashton Kerley, King, Wright
Conversions: Bartlett(3)
Wimborne commenced the second half of the season with a home victory over North Dorset at Leigh Park on Saturday
On a clear but breezy day Wimborne clearly needed some time before they were able to blow the Christmas break cobwebs away.
It was North Dorset who had the lion share of possession and field position in the first quarter of the match but once again Wimborne’s well marshalled defensive structures held firm. Wimborne also lost Degeura early on to a knee injury meaning that they were forced to reorganise much sooner than they would have ideally wanted.
The story of the half from then on was that every time Wimborne were to venture in to the visitors twenty two they came away with a score which by the end of the half meant they had racked up 21 points.
Initially Wimborne attacked down the right, stretched the North Dorset defence and moved the ball wide to the left for Ashton Kerley to get the touchdown.
North Dorset did get on the scoreboard courtesy of a penalty goal only for Wimborne to work their way down field and when the resultant attack was interrupted, Steve King was on hand to burrow over. Joe Bartlett converted both tries and at 14-3 to the home team North Dorset probably felt they were still well in contention moving towards the half time break.
The killer blow came in added on time at the end of the half when Wimborne venturing close to the visitors line for only the third time scored the crucial third try. It came about after good build up play led to Ryan Maidment shimmying and showing before expertly releasing Ollie Hamer close in to score Bartlett converted and Wimborne led 21-3 at the break.
Wimborne started the second half very much where they had left off and when Ollie Hamer scored his second and the bonus point fourth try it looked as if Wimborne might run away with the match.
North Dorset showed themselves to be of sterner stuff though and scored two tries of their own, the first after a maul close to the line and the second after a charged down kick in their own twenty two and a break out from one end of the field to the other.
In between Wimborne had managed a further try of their own when Will Wright, on from the bench, was put over in the corner by Joe Bartlett.
Wimborne can be pleased with the result having done the double over North Dorset for the first time for a number of seasons with the victory keeping the pressure on league leaders Swanage & Wareham .

Next Saturday sees the first ever league visit to Combe Down just south of Bath

1 R Tinsdale 2 G Draper 3 T.Adams 4 P.Watson 5 D.Degeura 6 S.King 7 E Carter 8 D.Foley(capt)
9 Alex Kerley 10 R Maidment 11 Ashton Kerley 12 OHamer 13 D.Robertson 14 J Brownt 15 J Bartlett
Replacements: J Walton T Starr W Wright
Coaching Team : Giles Hewson, Dan Draper, Matt Lishman, Dave Oddie, Charlie Morgan, Bob Adams

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Wimborne 22 93
2. Trowbridge 22 81
3. Sherborne 22 81
4. Swanage & Wareham 22 79
5. Marlborough 22 78
6. Devizes 22 50
7. North Dorset 22 47


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