Flower cuts through to make the difference

PUBLISHED: 09:08 16 January 2015 | UPDATED: 09:08 16 January 2015

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Winscombe emerged narrow winners in a close encounter at Nailsea & Backwell.

Winscombe 19 pts

Nailsea 7 pts

TWO errors at the first two kick-offs, followed by two pieces of clinical play made it 7-7 after nine minutes, the only scores in the first-half.

Nailsea’s kick-off with the strong crosswind went dead to give Winscombe a scrummage on halfway at which Nailsea were caught offside. From the line-out, Winscombe’s James Flower timed his entry into the line to perfection to go over for a try under the posts, converted by Owen Howell.

Winscombe knocked on running the restart out of defence to give Nailsea an attacking scrummage from which the outside-half kicked to the corner. Dan Fryer’s tackle halted their attack, but Nailsea drove over for a converted try.

Good defence from Matt Truscott, Lewis Podpadec and Will Thomas kept Nailsea at bay, as the hosts gave away numerous penalties and were reduced to 14 men at one stage.

Against the run of play, Winscombe nearly took the lead after good work by Howell, Callum Stewart and Truscott, but Podpadec just failed to take a high pass.

After the break,

Winscombe tried to move the ball around, but whenever they got within striking distance, they either made a handling error or where penalised. Eventually, Howell took up the running on the 22 to beat the covering defence to give his team a five-point lead.

Winscombe now picked up the tempo with a break-out directly from the restart by Will Thomas, Tom Ware and Aaron Ford. Henry Farmer continued the good work with a couple of drives into the heart of the defence, which came to nothing.

Stewart initiated a counter-attack when he collected a penalty kick that failed to find touch 30 metres from his line. Thomas, Ford, Howell, Adam Scrase, Ware and Farmer carried play 50 metres.

Two more penalties to Nailsea briefly stopped the attack, but when a clearance landed in the hands of Flower, the game finished with a try that was almost a replica of the previous one. This time, Podpadec crossed under the posts from five metres, with Howell adding the conversion.

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