Wimborne continue their impressive winning run
Tries: Moysey, Foley (2), Robertson, King, Maidment
Conversions: Bartlett, Maidment
Wimborne gained revenge in emphatic style for the narrow defeat at Sherborne back in October, and at the same time kept the pressure firmly on league leaders Swanage & Wareham.
With the previous week's trip to Coombe Down falling foul of the cold snap, Wimborne were only playing their second match in six weeks. Once again, as in the the North Dorset victory two weeks previously, they continued to look a little ring rusty.
After falling behind to a Sherborne penalty inside ten minutes Wimborne, in what has become their customary style, broke out from their early uncertainties and took the lead. Running the ball back from a Sherborne kick out from defence, Ryan Maidment found himself forced towards the touchline inside the visitors twenty two. He managed to find space to deliver an astute chip kick for Tom Moysey, returning from injury, who was first on hand to gather and twist his way through attempted tackles to cross the line. Joe Bartlett converted.
Wimborne began to get the upper hand thereafter for the remainder of the half and gradually built up a commanding lead with two further tries both scored from close in by skipper Declan Foley.
The only other score for Wimborne was a penalty goal close to half time sent over by Ryan Maidment.
Wimborne never looked like losing the match once they had secured the bonus point when Doug Robertson was on the end of a move out to the left wing. That said as with the most recent victory over North Dorset they did tend to relax their grip on the match in the final quarter. Nevertheless there were two further scores, the first when Steve King showed considerable strength to make the line despite the attention of a number of defenders. And finally after Robertson punched through the defence, Maidment was on hand to take the final pass close in for a try which he duly converted himself. In between, Sherborne did manage a try of their own after a sustained period camped on the Wimborne try line.
All in all, a satisfying win over one of Wimborne’s closest rivals in the league standings with periods of good open rugby played by both teams. That said Wimborne’s Handling, usually a strong weapon for them, did let them down on more than one occasion when other try scoring opportunities could have extended the score line quite considerably.
Next week it’s a visit to Coombe Down postponed from last week. Wimborne will be endeavouring to keep the current run going.
1 R Tinsdale 2 G Draper 3 T.Adams 4 T.Starr 5 D.Degeura 6 S.King 7 E Carter 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: M Corbin, N Warren, W Wright
Coaching Team : Giles Hewson, Dan Draper, Matt Lishman, Dave Oddie, Bob Adams