Winscombe earn precious home victory

PUBLISHED: 11:03 21 September 2018

Stuart Warren.

Stuart Warren.

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Winscombe fought hard to gain a precious home success against visitors Chard.

Winscombe 18 pts

Chard 12 pts

Following their enforced move sideways into the Tribute Western Counties West Division, Winscombe face travelling to Devon and Cornwall this season, including to places as distant as Truro, St Austell and Falmouth.

Playing up the slope in the first half, Winscombe started the brighter and after a period of sustained pressure forced a penalty in the visitors 22.

Electing to go into the corner, the home team won the line-out and drove the resulting maul up to the tryline. The recycled ball was sent down the line to a grateful James Flowers, who crossed under the posts to open the scoring, Jim Merryfield adding the conversion.

Merryfield slotted a penalty shortly before half time and despite a good deal of pressure on the Winscombe tryline, Chard failed to score and went into the break 10-0 down.

The visitors came out fighting at the start of the second half. They took control of the game and through Ben Stead and Charlie Roberts they scored two well-worked tries.

Roberts was successful with one of the conversions which was enough to give Chard a slender lead as the match moved into the final quarter.

Winscombe were not to be denied a precious home win, however, and their pack was to have the final say with a driving maul that saw Will Thomas crash over in the corner.

Merryfield added a second penalty to stretch the lead still further as this absorbing and thoroughly entertaining game came to an end.

Saturday’s trip to the far end of Cornwall will be a new experience for Winscombe and is likely to be a testing affair as they take on St Austell.

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