Jon hangs his boots up at Winscombe

PUBLISHED: 17:23 02 May 2006 | UPDATED: 09:12 24 May 2010

THIS was the final game for a legend in local rugby circles. Jon Pitt has finally decided to hang up his boots after a distinguished career having played for Avon, Somerset, 200 first team games for Weston, Avon and

Winscombe 7 pts Midsomer Norton 24 ptsTHIS was the final game for a legend in local rugby circles. Jon Pitt has finally decided to hang up his boots after a distinguished career having played for Avon, Somerset, 200 first team games for Weston, Avon and Somerset Police and for his final two years with Winscombe.His wealth of experience and ability have been an inspiration to all the young forwards at Winscombe who have gained considerably from his help and advice. The club wish him and his family every good fortune for the future.Unfortunately Jon's last game was not topped off with a win, but for the last 10 minutes the match could have gone either way. The first half was a real combat with neither side giving any ground or chances. Norton, playing down the slope, pressurised the Winscombe line but were unable to overcome the outstanding defence and invariably ended up with the ball working its way into the Norton half. Most of the half was played between the 22 metre lines until the fifth minute of extra time when the Norton centre made a break and despite magnificent covering tackles by James Flower and Robbie Suik, the Norton support players were available to touch down.The second half was much as the first with neither side dominating. Early on, an inside pass to Suik created a break for him to run half the length of the field, side stepping the full-back to touch down under the post for James Carter to convert and bring the scores level.Against constant pressure, the Winscombe defence began to wilt and in the last 10 minutes Norton scored three tries, one converted. That being the final game of the season it is probable that Winscombe will remain in the Somerset Premier League but this has yet to be confirmed by the league officials. In view of a large number of events during May, the customary Winscombe 7s competition has been cancelled. Members are reminded that the dinner tickets for May 26 are available from Steve Bridges, Peter Richmond and Richard Mead. Winscombe 2nd XV 24 pts Minehead 17 ptsThe Seconds overcame Minehead in the final of the Somerset Merit Table Cup, the teams that finished top of the table. Winscombe scored tries through Martin Taylor (2), Chris Richmond and Ryan Robinson, James Carter converting two.A large percentage of the success of the Winscombe 2nd team this year has been down to the dedication, enthusiasm, persistence, leadership and hard work of their captain, Colin "Nobby" Clarke. His team, all playing members and the club in general thank him for his efforts throughout the season.

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