Winscombe no match for rampant Wellington

PUBLISHED: 10:08 07 December 2018

Will Thomas.

Will Thomas.

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Winscombe returned from Wellington well beaten by a rampant home side, coached by former England player Graham Dawe.

Wellington 60 pts

Winscombe 6 pts

In terms of the Tribute Western Counties West Division, Winscombe’s encounter with Wellington took on a distinctly local derby flavour with only a short stretch of the M5 separating both clubs.

Winscombe, buoyed by recent performances and a home win against Paignton, faced a Wellington side coached by England and Bath veteran Graham Dawe, who has come to the club following a distinguished career coaching Plymouth Albion.

Their task was all the more daunting given the absence of a number of first team players.

Wellington were quickly into their stride and after a period of sustained forward pressure opened the scoring with a converted try beneath the posts.

Winscombe responded well, gaining good field position and threatened the home tryline with a series of drives but poor handling saw the ball turned over to Wellington’s backs who countered with pace and precision to score their second try.

Winscombe clearly had the upper hand in the set piece, often driving Wellington off their own scrum ball and winning at the line-out, but as soon as they gained any territorial foothold they were let down by errors and poor decision making. Wellington, youthful and skilful in equal measure, were quick to pounce on loose ball and countered to score time and again.

They ran in a further two tries in the first half and another five in the second to secure a handsome home win. Winscombe’s only impact on the scoreboard came courtesy of two first half Jim Merryfield penalties.

Winscombe face fellow division strugglers Saltash at home on Saturday and will be keen to get their season back on track before the Christmas break.

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