A pulsating victory for Wimborne over visitors Chippenham.
Keeping up an impressive start to the season.
Wimborne 22 - 21 Chippenham
Tries: C Beynon, M Atkins, R Maidment, P Roberts
Wimborne started their home league campaign at Leigh Park on Saturday amid sunshine and showers against Wiltshire visitors Chippenham.
This was the first meeting between the two sides in the leagues since April 2005, and Chippenham arrived on the back of a very high scoring victory against Stratford-on-Avon on the opening weekend of the season.
It was the well organised visitors who made most of the early running, clearly intent on playing a high tempo game, forcing Wimborne into conceding a number of penalties and free kicks from which they endeavoured to keep Wimborne on the back foot throughout most of the first half. Nevertheless, the home team’s defence, with Doug Robertson back in the centre alongside debutant Celyn Beynon, held firm.
It was Wimborne who had the first scoring opportunity when a thirty five metres penalty shot from Tom Moysey landed short of the posts.
With Beynon yellow carded, Chippenham started to crank up the pressure on the Wimborne line but the stubborn defence prevailed whilst Wimborne remained a man down.
Eventually the pressure told with around ten minutes of the half remaining. Chippenham created enough space to breach the home team’s defence to secure a try which was converted to put them into a 7-0 lead going into the break.
The remainder of the half was played out in stalemate, with Wimborne probably feeling the most comfortable with the half time score line.
The second half continued to be a fast and furious affair with the play ebbing one way and then the other. Just when it seemed Wimborne had been able to repel the Chippenham attack the visitors forced one of the few clean line breaks of the half to score their second try. This was again converted and suddenly Wimborne were facing a 0-14 deficit.
But as with the previous week, Wimborne showed they are made of sterner stuff and soon got themselves back in the game with the best try of the match. Moving the ball swiftly from just inside the Chippenham half, Mitch Stainer came in off his wing to create the overlap with Beynon being on the end of the final pass to score wide out right.
It was Wimborne who also got the next score to cut the deficit to four points after the increasingly impressive forwards drove Marcus Atkins over the line to touch down.
Moving into the final quarter of the match there was nothing between the teams but after a persistent period of driving at the Wimborne defence, Chippenham forced over close to the touch line. After a delay the referee awarded the score and with the very consistent Chippenham kicker banging over the conversion, Wimborne were facing an uphill battle at 10-21
There was no let up though and back came Wimborne, Moysey shimmied and Ryan Maidment was on hand to take the try scoring pass just has he had done the previous week. Moysey converted and going into the remaining five minutes or so the lead was cut back to four points again.
It was Chippenham who could have wrapped the match up when awarded a penalty in centre field which would have extended their lead, they opted to kick for the corner in search of the four try bonus point. Crucially Wimborne were able to disrupt the resultant drive for the corner and forced a turnover and penalty to push them back into the Chippenham half.
Then as the clock went into overtime Wimborne battered away at the visitors’ defence and after forcing a succession of free kicks were able to move the ball quickly from the last of these and it was full back Paul Roberts who was on the end of a move to just beat the hectic Chippenham defence to the line and to take the lead for the first time and secure victory with the last play of the match.
Next Saturday Wimborne travel to Grove in Berkshire. There will be a coach leaving from Wimborne for any spectators who might be interested in travelling to the match.
15 Paul Roberts 14 Jordy Brown 13 Celyn Beynon 12 Doug Robertson 11 Mitch Stainer
10 Tom Moysey 9 Ryan Maidment 8 Steve King 7 Nathan Warren 6 Miles Corbin
5 Declan Foley (cpt) 4 Darren Degeura 3 Terence Galdes 2 Marcus Atkins 1 Ben Davies
Replacements: Michael Pride George Carter Lewis Mitchell
Coaching & Management : Giles Hewson Matt Lishman Dan Draper Chris Leaton