League leaders Wimborne secure another win
Wimborne travelled to Devizes on Saturday determined to reverse the narrow home loss to their opposition earlier in the season and came away with a hard fault victory to keep their unbeaten run going.
In bitterly cold weather with flurries of snow it was testing conditions for both the players and the large band of travelling supporters who made the journey up to Wiltshire.
Wimborne with an unchanged Pack but with Bartlett and Maidment returning from the team that had won at Combe Down the previous week were quickly out of their blocks and for the first fifteen minutes scarcely left the home teams twenty two. That said they were countered by a well organised Devizes defence who gave Wimborne very little room in which to weave their magic.
Eventually Wimborne broke through though following some patient build up by the forwards it was second row Tom Starr who was on hand to crash over to score a second try in two weeks. Moysey, back on kicking duties, converted and Wimborne looked to be up and running.
Despite continuing to keep the large part of the play in Devizes territory Wimborne never quite got themselves firing as they can but were able to ease the pressure when their lead was doubled following a well planned break direct from a scrum in mid field by Ashton Kerley who found Bartlett in close support to take a scoring pass. A second Moysey conversion stretched the lead to 14-0
Moving into the second quarter of the match Wimborne lost winger JIm Brokenshire who was replaced by Keelan Stringer and following some rotational changes in the forwards elder brother Richard, a late front row replacement playing his first game at this level for a number of years and Miles Corbin joined the fray.
It was the home team who began to come more into the match in the latter stages of the half although Wimborne showed equally resolute defence and the only score they conceded was a thirty metres penalty goal by Devizes scrum half Rory Brown.
Wimborne certainly knew they had a game on their hands going into the second half but as in the first they started purposely and inside ten minutes they had scored a third try when the ever prominent Carter was the man on hand to cross the line. Moysey converted and Wimborne were almost home.
Wimborne never looked like losing thereafter but again Devizes reminded them of what they are capable when after a sustained period of pressure right winger Lewis Deeds went over in the corner to reduce the lead.
Thereafter despite one or two promising incursions into the home teams territory it looked as if Wimborne were going to come up short of a fourth try bonus point. But this team well led by Declan Foley had other ideas and with the final play of the match they were able to fashion a number of phases , which they had not been able to do throughout the match and after stretching the Devizes defence with a patient build up it was fittingly Miles Corbin who took the final try scoring pass, for the second time this season, to triumphantly deliver the bonus point touchdown.
A good victory for Wimborne against a side who are probably better than their up and down form this season would suggest and at a location where it has always ben difficult to come away with any success as this was also Wimborne’s first victory at Devizes since a narrow 15-10 win back in January 2010
1 R Tinsdale 2G Draper 3 T.Adams 4 T.Starr 5 D.Degeura 6 N.Warren 7 E Carter8 D.Foley(capt)
9R.Maidmenty 10 T.Moysey 11J Brokenshire12 J.Young 13D.Robertson 14Ashton Kerley 15 J Bartlett
Replacements: R.Brokenshire M Corbin K Stringer
Coaching Team : Dan Draper, Matt Lishman,Dave Oddie, Bob Adams