Wimborne's four month unbeaten run is brought to an end
Tries: Maidment Brokenshire Moysey Warren
Wimborne’s unbeaten run stretching back to November was brought to an end at the penultimate league match of the season at Marlborough on Saturday.
After the exertions and emotions of recent weeks Wimborne were forced to make a number of changes in their side, Skipper Dec Foley recovering from a foot operation, Doug Robertson missing from a broken jaw against Walcot the previous week, Anthony Fitch returning to Canada at short notice and Alex Kerley being forced to withdraw on Saturday morning. Nevertheless Ryan Maidment and Darren Degeura were both back after missing two weeks and young Keelan Stringer who has been impressing in the second team came into the centre.
In contrast Marlborough had a full contingent of army based personnel and with the outside chance of securing a play off place were intent on playing a brand of fast and lose rugby in search of as many points as they could muster. It was somewhat surprising therefore that with over twenty five minutes on the clock there was still no score on the board for despite Marlborough’s intent Wimborne’s organised defence thwarted their advances on a number of occasions. The only point scoring opportunity had been a fractionally off target penalty kick at goal for Wimborne.
Unfortunately for Wimborne though the constant tackling and physicality took its toll and first the influential Ed Carter who had taken an early knock had to leave the field within the first quarter of an hour to be shortly followed by Ollie Hamer with a reccurring dislocated finger. To compound their woes George Draper also had to be replaced before half time after a clash of heads. As a result Russ Tinsdale had to step in to the unfamiliar position of hooker for a large part of the match as Wimborne’s replacement bench was emptied in the first half.
Within this flurry of forced changes Wimborne lost their shape for a fateful fifteen minutes or so and after regularly bashing away at it Marlborough were eventually able to bash down the door that was Wimborne’s defensive effort to run in three tries in double quick time. Nevertheless Wimborne responded well and after placing Marlborough under siege on their own line and after forcing two yellow cards for dangerous tackles managed a score right on half time when Ryan Maidment dummied his way over from the back of a ruck which was converted by Joe Bartlett
Half time : Marlborough 21 Wimborne 7
The second half continued to be a tight affair with the two teams exchanging try for try on three occasions and whilst Wimborne never looked as if they were going to be able to claw back the first half deficit they did exhibit plenty of spirit and when they were able to pressurise the home team’s defence did come away with scores of their own. After sucking in the defence Jim Brokenshire rounded his opposite number to score and then as the clock ticked down into the final quarter Tom Moysey was able to find his way over after the referee played advantage for a home team indiscretion.
Unfortunately though in between these scores Marlborough maintained their strategy of driving down into Wimborne’s patched up mid field defensive line to keep the score line turning over to maintain their advantage.
With time running out and the game lost Wimborne went in search of a forth try to ensure that they came away with at least a try bonus point which they duly achieved when showing what could have been if they had been in position to exert more sustained pressure on the Marlborough defence when after creating an overlap Nathan Warren was the spare man on hand to take the final pass and go over in the corner.
So the disappointment of defeat for Wimborne coupled with the end of the winning run of matches but at the same time perhaps a timely reminder f the challenges that will lie ahead.
The curtain on the season will now be brought down with the short journey to Blandford on Saturday week when no doubt they will be looking to finish on a winning note.
1 R Sturney 2 G Draper 3 T.Adams 4 P Watson 5 T.Starr 6 S.King 7 N.Warren 8 E.Carter
9 R Maidment 10 T.Moysey 11 J.Brokenshire 12 O Hamer 13 K Stringer 14 J Brown 15 J Bartlett
Replacements: R.Tinsdale D Degeura, W Wright
Coaching Team : Dan Draper, Charlie Morgan, Bob Adams