Winscombe through to the next round of SW Divisional Cup
PUBLISHED: 09:27 10 February 2017
Winscombe moved into the next round of the South West Divisional Cup with a hard-fought victory at Chipping Sodbury.
Chipping Sodbury 19 pts
Winscombe 30 pts
Taking a break from league action, Winscombe travelled to Gloucester Premiership side Chipping Sodbury for the South West Divisional Cup tie.
In a game that saw James Flower celebrate his 300th cap, coach Graham Buller also handed deserved 1st XV debuts to James McCormack, Sam White and George Marsh.
Winscombe equipped themselves well against a much heavier side and the first-half belonged to the visitors. A Merryfield penalty getting things moving before Flower added to his celebrations with a try delivered by an Owen Howell break, converted by Merryfield.
A popular score for Will Higginbottom increased the Winscombe lead to 15 points, before the hosts managed to claw back a five-pointer. Winscombe, however, finished the half strongly and added a try similar to their first, this time finished by Callum Stewart and converted by Merryfield to make it 5-22 at the break.
The tactics of the Chipping Sodbury side changed during the second half as they resorted to a power game that sometimes went beyond the boundaries of the sport.
Although this approach delivered two converted scores for the hosts, Winscombe were not intimidated and counter acted with some excellent defensive work to respond with a Merryfield penalty and a try from skipper Lewis Popadec.
A steely showing from Winscombe whose debutants all made valuable contributions to a win that stretches the clubs 1st XV record to 18 straight wins in all competitions this season.
The next round of the South West Divisional Cup takes place on February 25 away to Saltash. Winscombe return to league action this Saturday with the 1st XV away to Oldfield Old Boys and the 2nd XV hosting Burnham. Kick-offs 2.15pm.