Winscombe well beaten in Cornwall

PUBLISHED: 15:57 26 September 2018 | UPDATED: 15:57 26 September 2018

Rugby ball.

Rugby ball.

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Winscombe returned from the long trip to St Austell with defeat in miserable conditions.

St Austell 31 pts

Winscombe 3 pts

Winscombe took on the realities of South Western regional rugby at the weekend when they travelled to the far end of Cornwall to face St Austell. Conditions were not ideal, with heavy rain saturating the opening exchanges and ultimately adding to the woes of the visiting team.

St Austell started as they meant to go on and after a period of sustained pressure capitalised on a five-metre line-out, driving over for the opening score.

Winscombe responded with some impressive passages of play given the conditions and gained a valuable field position from which Jim Merryfield was able to land a penalty after the home team were adjudged to be offside.

As half time approached St Austell increased their lead with two more tries, the first another short-range catch and drive and the second a well-worked backline move that saw their full-back crash in under the posts.

The mists descended and the floodlights were ignited and remained on for the duration of the second half.

Winscombe battled and continued to press in an attempt to gain a foothold in the game but to no avail. Midway in the half St Austell scored two more converted tries in the space of a few minutes to seal an impressive home win.

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