Wimborne win the Top of the Table Clash with local rivals Swanage & Wareham
Tries: Warren,Carter, Moysey, Hamer, King
Conversions: Moysey(4) Penalties: Moysey(2)
Wimborne took a step closer to the league title on Saturday at Wareham, where eventually they ran out comfortable winners with three unanswered tries in the last quarter of the match.
When Wimborne went on their unbeaten run right back at the end of November, it was always likely that this match some three months later was going to have a significant bearing on who was going to come out on top.
Wimborne were without key personnel in Maidment, Tinsdale and Degeura, but those who stood in all acquitted themselves well in front of a large sun drenched crowd.
Wimborne started very positively immediately spreading the ball wide and putting the home side’s defence on the back foot. Despite these efforts though the first score after ten minutes came after Swans fumbled at the back of line out and the ever willing Nathan Warren was on hand to pounce on the error and in his debut season score his very first senior team try.
Swans immediately bounced back showing their own intent by driving down into Wimborne territory with the outcome being a converted try which edged them into the lead on the quarter of an hour.
Back came Wimborne and after initially appearing to be held up on the line Ed Carter who possesses an uncanny knack of getting himself in the right place just when it is needed wriggled and twisted his way over the line. Tom Moysey converted on this occasion and Wimborne were never to relinquish the lead again.
Wimborne were somewhat disrupted soon thereafter when hooker Richard Brokenshire turned an ankle and was forced to leave the pitch. Wimborne had to rearrange themselves in the somewhat unconventional way with Steve King having to move up to replace the stricken Brokenshire.
A penalty goal from Moysey extended the lead but Swans then crafted a well taken try after several pairs of hands kept the ball alive despite last ditch tackling from Wimborne. Again the try was converted to reduce Wimborne’s lead to just one point.
A blustery cross field wind certainly did not aid goal kicking on the day but just a couple of minutes before half time Swans transgressed and Moysey punished them with a vital three points from the tee.
Half Time Swanage &Wareham 14 Wimborne 18
It was Swans who came out firing at the beginning of the second half subjecting Wimborne to a concerted period of pressure in the opening quarter of an hour of the half. From one of these attacks Swans elected to kick for goal and thereby reduced the lead to a single point for a second time in the match.
The match was now very finely balanced but thereafter the Wimborne defence held firm repelling Swans many attempts to break them down and once again a strong defensive display which they have exhibited on a number of occasions this season came to the fore and time and again Wimborne cleared their lines to frustrate the home team’s efforts.
Eventually as the match moved towards the final quarter this defensive effort pressurised Swans into errors and Tom Moysey was on hand to gather up a lose pass and outstrip the defence from the half way line. He converted from out wide and suddenly the large travelling supporters were able to breathe more easily.
A carbon copy followed shortly and this time it was Ollie Hamer who pounced as the ball was spilled to scoop the ball up the score and secure the bonus point try.
Wimborne were resurgent now and finally put themselves well out of site when Steve King peeled off a maul to secure his just reward and complete a full set for the back row with a fifth try with just about five minutes left on the clock.
Wimborne can be pleased with the result which secured the double over their local rivals for the first time for many years and sends them in to next week’s home match with Walcot knowing a victory will secure the Southern Counties league title.
1 R.Sturney 2 RBrokenshire 3 T. Adams 4 D.Foley(capt) 5 T.Starr 6 N.Warren 7 S King 8 E Carter
9 Alex Kerley 10 T.Moysey 11 J Brokenshire12 O.Hamer 13 D.Robertson 14 Ashton Kerley 15 A Fitch
Replacements: M.Corbin,J Blackmore, J Bartlett
Coaching Team : Giles Hewson Dan Draper, Matt Lishman, Charlie Morgan, Bob Adams