A well deserved bonus point for Wimborne
Tries: Walton, Tipping, Kerley, Bartlett
Wimborne returned to Leigh Park for the first home match for four weeks on Saturday but were unable to arrest the run of defeats when coming up against a very strong Banbury side who were making their first visit to Wimborne for many seasons.
Having succumbed to further injury woes the previous week Wimborne were without captain Declan Foley and Jack Mason in the centre but had Joe Bartlett back in at full back and Tom Starr brought up from the second team to make his first appearance of the season.
It was however Banbury who took the game to Wimborne in the first quarter when in truth the home team could not get any sort of hold on the game at all. The visitors demonstrated the level of form that has maintained their status close to the top of the division with some very direct running testing the Wimborne defensive patterns to their limits and running in twenty two unanswered points in the first twenty five minutes and at this point things looked markedly gloomy for the Wimborne team.
Wimborne can certainly take credit though from the fact that when it might have been just as easy to roll over in front of the seemingly relentless Banbury attacks they evidenced a lot of character by whenever the opportunity arose in taking the game to their opponents and were rewarded when having already drawn a penalty they played the advantage and Jamie Walton popped up as the spare man out wide to cross the line.
This gave Wimborne a shot of confidence to the extent that the only further score in the half was a penalty goal sending Banbury in to the break with a 25-5 lead.
The second half was far more even affair with Wimborne trading score for score with the visitors with at very least the quest for a four try losing bonus point being the immediate goal. Gradually Wimborne chipped away with initially Max Tipping starting at scrum half for the first time being up in support to score a first senior try. Bartlett converted from close to the posts.
Banbury managed a couple more scores themselves before Wimborne’s best move of the match resulted in Ashton Kerley, on off the bench to show his undoubted pace to score out on the right wing.
Again Banbury replied to keep their lead secure and with time beginning to run out Wimborne went in search of the elusive fourth bonus point try and to their never say die credit after a move appeared to have broken down out wide the ball bobbling around on the ground and it was Bartlett who seized on the opportunity to win the race to the touch down.
A tough encounter for Wimborne but one from which they can take plenty of heart from the manner in which they responded after a chastening first twenty minutes or so.
This brings up the half way stage in the league season albeit with the replayed match at Stratford on Avon to come. Following the four wins at the very beginning of the season, Wimborne have found it difficult to turn a number other promising performances in to positive results and will now finish off before a well-earned Christmas break with a trip to Chippenham next Saturday
15 Joe Bartlett 14 Mitch Stainer 13 Nathan Warren 12 Ollie Hamer 11 Lewis Mitchell
10 Ryan Maidment (capt) 9 Max Tipping 8 Jack Cook 7 Miles Corbin 6 Jamie Walton
5 Tom Starr 4 Darren Degeura 3 Terence Galdes 2 Ben Hunt 1 Sean Murphy
Replacements: Paul Roberts, Ashton Kerley, Ben Davies
Coaching & Management: Giles Hewson, Matt Lishman, Dan Draper, Charlie Morgan, Chris Leaton