Two tries, but no points for Wimborne
Tries: Jack Young, Steve King
Wimborne travelled to Swindon for a vital return clash with the team sitting one place below them in the league and who had triumphed by a narrow 12 points to ten at Leigh Park earlier in the season.
Again Wimborne were much changed but able to welcome back Ryan Maidment, Steve King, Michael Pride and Tyler Adams to boost the match day squad, with Jack Newton making his first appearance since October and a further young player in Josh Prior brought in for his debut.
The Swindon pitch was in good condition and there was certainly nothing about the conditions on the day other than a strong breeze blowing down the pitch to prevent a fair contest between two evenly balanced sides.
Wimborne played into the wind first half and has been their wont on a number of occasions this season found themselves behind very early on when Swindon unlocked their defence for a converted try in the fifth minute of the match
Wimborne responded very positively when after getting down into the home team’s twenty two for the first time they were able to get the ball wide where Jack Young took a scoring pass wide out on the left.
Wimborne were unable to sustain this pressure though and again Swindon found a whole in Wimborne’s defences to secure a second converted try and extend their lead to 14-5.
Wimborne rung the changes early with both King and Adams introduced off the bench within this first twenty minutes to help shore things up.
The final fifteen minutes of the half was pivotal if indeed somewhat controversial. Initially Swindon were awarded a third try when after along kick down field appeared to most on the side lines to have reached the dead ball line but the following up Swindon winger was judged to have won the race to secure a touchdown. Shortly after both sides were temporarily reduced to 14 players as yellow cards were handed for offences at the breakdown.
In the second half Wimborne knuckled down and threw everything they had into clawing back the deficit with Mason and Newton endeavouring to punch holes in the Swindon defence down the middle the accuracy was lacking in making any clear cut scoring chances. Whilst they sought every means they could muster their only return was a Steve King drive over from a scrum which crucially went unconverted to leave Wimborne short of a bonus point as the score stood.
Going in to the final quarter Wimborne were further disrupted by the loss of first Maidment with a reoccurring leg injury and then latterly Roberts and as result they were forced to re arrange on more than one occasion with debutant Prior playing three positions within not much more than five minutes of coming on to the pitch.
Try as they did and whilst shutting out Swindon for the whole of the second half Wimborne were unable to turn any of the territorial advantage they had into any further scores as ion the occasions when they did get close to the Swindon line they were unable to deliver the spark to breach the Swindon rear guard action.
This result and a victory for Marlow means the battle at the foot of the table has tightened up considerably.
Four of Wimborne’s final five matches are at home and will be looking to bounce back in the first of these with the “local derby” with Salisbury this coming Saturday.
15 Paul Roberts 14 Jack Young 13 Jack Newton 12 Jack Mason 11 Ashton Kerley
10 Ryan Maidment 9 Jason Llewellyn 8 Declan Foley(capt) 7 Mark Hopkins 6 Darren Degeura
5 Paul Watson 4 Tom Lofts 3 Terence Galdes 2 Michael Pride 1 Ben Davies
Replacements: Steve King, Tyler Adams, Josh Prior
Coaching & Management : Giles Hewson, Charlie Morgan, Dan Draper, Chris Leaton