Winscombe earn precious home victory

PUBLISHED: 11:03 21 September 2018

Stuart Warren.

Stuart Warren.

Archant

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.

Comments have been disabled on this article.

More from Weston Mercury

Yesterday, 20:00

Two of the West Country’s top performing choral groups will bring their melodic tunes to Weston this Christmas.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:00

A Cheddar school has been praised for its ‘shared vision for care and inclusion’ by an education watchdog.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:00

Parking in Burnham-on-Sea and Cheddar will be free on the two Saturdays before Christmas.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:00

A Somerset village has been awarded hundreds of thousands of pounds to create a community hub after enduring months of problems.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:00

A plan to build futuristic magnet train between Weston and Bristol has been proposed to avoid the creation of a ‘dormitory town the size of Wells’.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:50

A blue plaque commemorating one of Weston’s most famous architects will be dedicated this week.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:00

More than 7,500 hoax calls were made to police and ambulance services in Somerset over the past three years.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:00

Burnham’s Princess Theatre is set to get a makeover after the town council’s bid for a major Government grant was approved.

Read more
Yesterday, 08:06

A seven-year-old boy was rescued from the mud at Brean after he became stuck while out exploring with his family.

Read more
Brean
Yesterday, 08:00

Replacement play equipment at a Worle park will finally be installed next year.

Read more

Most Read Sport

Read Online

Image
Read the Weston Worle and Somerset Mercury e-edition E-edition

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 11°C

min temp: 8°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

Weston Mercury twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists