Another win!! Wimborne are now 7 points clear at the top of the Table
Four league games remaining.
.Tries: Hamer, Fitch (2), Kerley, Carter, Watson
Wimborne welcomed Trowbridge to Leigh Park on Saturday knowing a victory against one of their closest rivals would keep them out in front in the race for the Southern Counties league title.
With Joe Bartlett unavailable Anthony Fitch, making his home debut, moved to full back with Ashton Kerley returning on the wing.
Trowbridge came with a particularly powerful looking pack and it became clear quite early on that they were intent on utilising this forward power to blunt the Wimborne attack.
Wimborne started brightly though and were first on the board when they broke down a Trowbridge attack and after some adroit handling Ollie Hamer was on hand to take the final try scoring pass.
Trowbridge hit back shortly thereafter though when after a forward drive dragged the Wimborne defence in and they went over close to the posts. The try was converted to edge the visitors into the lead
The next ten minutes saw concerted pressure from Trowbridge and Wimborne could consider themselves fortunate that three attempts with penalty goals sailed wide or they could have been facing a much more significant deficit.
Having weathered the storm, as has been very much the case in many games this season, Wimborne drew strength from their defensive efforts to turn defence into attack. Initially Tom Moysey put in an astute chip ahead which resulted in Fitch bursting forward from full back to gather the bouncing ball to score. Moysey converted to give a 12 - 7 lead. Wimborne were intent on driving home this advantage and scored again when Kerley was on the end of a controlled attacking move to score wide out on the right.
Wimborne were temporarily disrupted when Steve King was sent to the sin bin for ten minutes and also lost hooker George Draper with a damaged shoulder. Trowbridge were equally in the wars losing both their full back and their impressive scrum half to game ending injuries. Not content on protecting the lead going in to the halftime break though Wimborne found themselves deep in the visitors territory and Ryan Maidment skilfully orchestrated a series of forward drives finally delaying his pass to Ed Carter to sent him in close to the corner. Moysey converted and Wimborne took an impressive 24-7 lead into the break.
The second half was all together a much tighter affair. Trowbridge continued to utilise their strengths to make in roads and claw back the deficit but Wimborne remained accurate in their play to ensure that the margin was not reduced. It ended to two further scores for each side. The first for Wimborne came from a long miss pass in mid field which saw Fitch outstrip the defence. Then late on Paul Watson on from the bench put a new slant to the now popular “finisher” definition in trade mark fashion. Wimborne ran a clearance kick from deep in their own half and Watson was on the end of the final pass to dive over in the corner. Moysey converted from the touchline to round off the home side’s scoring.
Twice Trowbridge hit back with tries of their own but Wimborne defended well to deny them the consolation of a losing bonus point.
Wimborne can be pleased with an all round good team performance which sends them on to Swanage & Wareham in two weeks time for a first versus second in the league clash.
1 R Tinsdale 2 G Draper 3 T. Adams 4 D.Foley (capt) 5 D.Degeura 6 N.Warren 7 S King 8 E Carter
9 R.Maidment 10 T.Moysey 11 J Brokenshire 12 O.Hamer 13 D.Robertson 14 Ashton Kerley 15 A Fitch
Replacements: J.Walton P.Watson J.Brown
Coaching Team : Giles Hewson Dan Draper, Matt Lishman, Charlie Morgan, Dave Oddie, Bob Adams