Winscombe earn losing bonus point at league leaders

PUBLISHED: 09:18 13 April 2018 | UPDATED: 09:18 13 April 2018

Will Thomas.

Will Thomas.

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Winscombe picked up a valuable losing bonus in their fight against relegation against league leaders Coney Hill.

Coney Hill 34 pts

Winscombe 28 pts

Winscombe travelled up to Gloucester at the weekend to face Tribute Western Counties North League leaders Coney Hill.

The visitors started brightly scoring the first try from a well-worked move that saw flanker Will Thomas cross in the corner, Sam Dearsley adding the conversion.

Coney Hill gradually asserted themselves and scored three tries before the break with only a Dearsley penalty kick in reply.

The home team always looked threatening when they spread the ball to the wide channels and two further Coney Hill tries at the beginning of the second half seemed to have settled the encounter.

But as the game entered the final quarter and with Coney Hill’s large pack visibly tiring, Winscombe took the initiative and pressed to finish the game on a high.

A second penalty kick narrowed the gap a little, but two tries in quick succession from James Flowers and Dearsley himself brought the visitors to within a score.

The last 10 minutes was a tense affair with Coney Hill defending for all their worth. The teams traded penalties at the death with the points gap remaining at six, the losing bonus point Winscombe earned may well prove to be decisive in their quest to stay in the league.

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