Impressive home victory for Winscombe

PUBLISHED: 10:52 09 November 2018 | UPDATED: 10:52 09 November 2018

Alec Chase.

Alec Chase.

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Winscombe recorded a fine home win over Kingsbridge to get their season back on track.

Winscombe 21 pts

Kingsbridge 13 pts

Winscombe got their season back on track at the weekend with an impressive home win over Kingsbridge following a string of disappointing results, all the home team’s points coming from centre Sam Dearsley.

Winscombe started strongly, playing down the slope and with wind advantage but made no impression on the scoreboard until well into the first half.

Some intelligent kicking eventually gave them field position and from a driving maul the ball was worked out to centre Dearsley who crashed over from short range, he converted his own try.

Perhaps trying too hard to get into the game, some loose Kingsbridge passing on the halfway line gifted the ball again to Dearsley who intercepted and raced to the line for his second try.

The visitors eventually got onto the scoreboard following a series of well-worked moves that took them into the home 22, forcing Winscombe to infringe at the breakdown, Kingsbridge fly-half Sam Newman slotting the penalty.

The fightback was short-lived and when some slick Winscombe handling saw Dearsley race clear to score his third try shortly before half-time it appeared that the home team were in control.

Kingsbridge took to the field after the break a far more organised and determined team and immediately set about the task of reigning in their opponents.

A second Newman penalty was followed by a well-worked and converted try that saw Ged Windsor crash over under the posts.

The game became a compelling arm wrestle in the final quarter with Winscombe trying to score a fourth bonus point try and Kingsbridge trying to claw back their deficit.

Solid defence from both teams nullified all these efforts, however, with Winscombe holding out for a much-needed win.

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