Winscombe back to winning ways

PUBLISHED: 09:27 11 December 2006 | UPDATED: 10:20 24 May 2010

Broad Plain 7 pts Winscombe 15 pts WINSCOMBE displayed a classic game of bad weather defending while taking what chances were available to gain some points. Having learned from last week's experience, Winscombe were determined to use the ball and try to

Broad Plain 7 pts Winscombe 15 ptsWINSCOMBE displayed a classic game of bad weather defending while taking what chances were available to gain some points. Having learned from last week's experience, Winscombe were determined to use the ball and try to open up the game as much as possible. Broad Plain, on the other hand, were set on keeping it tight, trying to use their large pack to pick and drive from loose play.This was their main tactic and when Winscombe started to drive them back, they did not appear to have any alternative strategy and if they did try to spin the ball out Winscombe's Gary Cox and John Price harassed their stand-off continuously, while the Winscombe backs were up on their opposite numbers so fast they hardly had time to move. Half-way into the first half, Winscombe spun the ball with a missed pass to George House who popped the ball back inside to Chris Marsh, coming through at speed, who split the defence. When tackled just short of the line, House was in close support to accept the pass and fall over the line and James Carter converted.This setback seemed to galvanise Broad Plain into a greater effort, and within a few minutes their stand-off side-stepped the normally solid Winscombe defence to score and bring the points level after converting his own try.All square at half time, Broad Plain continued with their pick and drive but it was obvious they were running out of steam and their lack of fitness was beginning to tell. Their back line seemed incapable of any worthwhile move with the incessant pressure applied by the Winscombe backs and man of the match, Cox. The second half was played mainly in the Broad Plain half and Winscombe were rewarded when from a line-out, Gareth Lawrence took a ball and with a well disguised move, fed captain Mike Vowles who ran around the undefended blind side to cross the line unopposed. The afternoon was completed when James Carter converted a penalty to give Winscombe a well deserved win.

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