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1st XV - Match centre

Wimborne
Witney
Sat 7 Apr 15:00 - South West Division - South West 1 East Full time

Six tries and a fantastic performance secures Wimborne's status at South West 1 level

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Tries: Dylan Case, Marcus Atkins, Jack Mason (3), Mike Pride
Conversion: Callum McIntosh
Wimborne reserved one of their best performances for Witney on Saturday when in front of a large and enthusiastic crowd they put together a six try victory over the visitors from Witney and in doing so recorded their biggest victory of the season.
This result and others elsewhere meant that Wimborne will retain their status at South West One level next season.
Wimborne again had to make several changes from the team that had beaten Stratford upon Avon two weeks previously. Skipper Dec Foley was out injured but Ryan Maidment, Steve King and Marcus Atkins were all welcomed back into the side and in addition the university trio of Callum McIntosh, Charlie Parry & Cameron Taylor were all included in the starting line up.
Wimborne started brightly and were first to get on the scoreboard when Dylan Case was on the end of a flowing move out wide to touch down in the corner.
The remainder of the first quarter was evenly matched but Wimborne crucially were able to double their lead when venturing into the Witney twenty two the move appeared to have stalled when Marcus Atkins burst around the side of the break down to score unopposed.
Thereafter Wimborne allowed Witney to grasp the initiative and after crossing the line to peg back the score to 5-10, it was the visitors who were gaining the lion’s share of possession for the remainder of the half. Wimborne defended stoutly though and continued to blunt the Witney attacking threat to maintain their slender lead going into the half time break.
The second half was altogether different as Wimborne scored twenty two unanswered points and it was Jack Mason who took centre stage when his powerful direct running could not be matched by the Witney defence and he twice broke through many attempted tackles to score twice.
Wimborne very much had their tails up now and continually probed into the Witney third of the field and in between his two tries Mason played the provider role when he popped the ball up out of contact for a grateful Mikey Pride to go over for his first score of the season.
Wimborne’s final score, which put any thoughts of a Witney fight back to bed, came when after the ever willing King & Degeura made the hard yards up to close to the Witney line and when the ball was recycled Mason on this occasion was able to stroll over from close in. To the delight of the crowd McIntosh entrusted with the kick at goal was able to add the extra two points on this occasion.
This was a fine team performance by Wimborne and a fitting one to secure their position at this level.
Next week Wimborne travel to promotion seeking Banbury for the final away trip of the season.

Wimborne team:
15 Paul Roberts 14 Dylan Case 13 Charlie Parry 12 Jack Mason 11 Callum McIntosh
10 Ryan Maidment (capt) 9 Alex Kerley 8 Steve King 7 Mark Hopkins 6 Darren Degeura
5 Cameron Taylor 4 Tom Lofts 3 Terence Galdes 2 Marcus Atkins 1 Ben Davies
Replacements: Ben Ashmore, Michael Pride, Jack Cook
Coaching & Management: Giles Hewson , Charlie Morgan, Dan Draper, Chris Leaton

It’s our final Kids First Champion for the season! David ‘Flats’ Flatman and two special guests surprise Ellingham & Ringwood RFC.

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# Team Pl Pts
8. Witney 26 65
9. Stratford Upon Avon 26 60
10. Swindon 26 53
11. Wimborne 26 53
12. Marlow 26 39
13. Grove 26 33
14. Bicester 26 19

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