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1st XV - Match centre

Sat 18 Feb 14:30 - South West Division - Southern Counties South Full time

Wimborne maintain their lead at the top of the table


Tries: Bartlett, Ashton Kerley(2), Degeura, Moysey, Foley
Conversion: Moysey
Wimborne racked up their eighth straight league victory when entertaining Frome on Saturday and in doing so maintained their three point lead at the top of the Southern Counties South league table.
Wimborne had both Ollie Hamer and Steve King returning after missing the previous two games and skipper Dec Foley moved up into the second row to replace the now wisdom toothless Tom Starr.
A familiar pattern was set when it was the visitors who had the better of the early exchanges camping themselves in Wimborne territory in the early minutes of the match. Wimborne weathered this early pressure and just inside the fifteen minutes mark broke out ,Hamer made the all important dart into close proximity of the Frome line and it was Joe Bartlett who was on hand to accept the try scoring pass. Tom Moysey converted and Wimborne were up and running.
Whilst Wimborne began to show in the ascendency of the remainder of the half a succession of errors and one or two fifty fifty decisions going against them meant that they were only able to fashion one more score during the half. That said it was the best of the tries scored in the match. Ed Carter broke from a scrum and drew in a clutch of defenders, the half backs recycled swiftly and Ashton Kerley gratefully took the pass to score wide out on the right.
Frome would probably have felt they were still in the contest going into the second half but within thirty seconds of the re start that had all changed. Straight from the kick off the ever present Degeura charged down an attempted clearance kick and was able to cross the line untroubled. This gave Wimborne a 17- 0 lead which they never looked like losing from that point on.
Despite this Frome were proving to be a difficult unit to break down and Wimborne were frustrated by one or two forward passes that could have resulted in further scores.
It was clear though that when they did get the ball into the wide open spaces they were always going to trouble the visitors defence and the bonus point try eventually came when after Bartlett had made the hard yards Moysey was on hand to dive over in the corner.
By now the Wimborne pack were completely in control of the scrum are, Draper and Tinsdale, supplemented off the bench on this occasion by Richard Brokenshire, has had a large part to play in the recent dominant forward performances.
Two further scores followed, a second for the speedy Ashton Kerley and then finally when Steve King had bludgeoned his way through the Frome defence Foley was the man on hand to cross the line.
So Wimborne keep their winning run going and with six fixtures remaining starting with the short trip to Verwood to play Dorset Dockers in two weeks time, they will be hoping to extend in further as they move into the last two months of the season.

1 R Tinsdale 2 G Draper 3 T.Adams 4 D.Foley (capt) 5 D.Degeura 6 N.Warren 7 M Corbin 8 E Carter
9 R.Maidment 10 T.Moysey 11 J Brokenshire 12 O.Hamer 13 D.Robertson 14 Ashton Kerley 15 J Bartlett
Replacements: R.Brokenshire S.King Alex Kerley
Coaching Team : Giles Hewson Dan Draper, Matt Lishman,Dave Oddie, 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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