Debut match ends in defeat for Winscombe

PUBLISHED: 09:56 08 September 2017 | UPDATED: 09:56 08 September 2017

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Winscombe’s debut in the Tribute Western Counties North Division ended in defeat against Wells.

Winscombe 14 pts

Wells 38 pts

Winscombe’s debut in the Tribute Western Counties North Division came at home to Wells two days after the club picked up Rugby Club of the Year at the Crabbies National Rugby Awards ceremony at Twickenham.

The proud club also honoured a minute’s silence before kick-off to pay tribute to former chairman and club favourite Peter Richmond who recently passed away.

A healthy crowd at Longfield gathered to see the two sides lock horns, but with 20 or so senior squad members unavailable for the tie, it was always going to be a tough day.

Wells adopted their direct approach from the off and after 15 minutes had scored two converted tries, before Winscombe hit back with a penalty.

On the half-hour mark, the Wells openside was sent to the sin bin for a late challenge, but Winscombe were unable to take advantage, with Wells scoring another try.

Wings George Marsh and Rhys Lewis made valuable inroads to the Wells defence, which in turn allowed the strong running of hooker Adam Fisher and the patience of the home back to set the platform for Lewis to make the score 8-19 at the break.

The slope advantage did not materialise in the second half. Winscombe did manage to claw their way back to 11-19, only for Wells to stretch away with three more tries.

Coach Graham Buller stated that Winscombe’s first-up tackling let them down this week. No doubt areas he will be focusing on.

Winscombe now travel to Cheltenham on Saturday.

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