Winscombe continue winning run at Gordano
PUBLISHED: 09:12 13 January 2017 | UPDATED: 09:12 13 January 2017
Winscombe continued their winning run in the league with a comprehensive victory at Gordano.
Gordano 0 pts
Winscombe 44 pts
Winscombe continued their winning streak with an away win at Gordano after they recaptured their pre-Christmas form with a comprehensive second half display.
The hosts started well and had most of the first-half possession, but it was Winscombe who struck first when Sam Dearsley slotted a long-range penalty.
Gordano fought back into Winscombe territory and after Winscombe No 8 Will Thomas was yellow carded, it seemed Gordano might start to take control. Winscombe responded to the challenge with solid defence of their 22 and a missed penalty attempt was all Gordano could muster, before the visitors began to slowly move up through the gears.
A second Dearsley penalty took the visitors into the break with a six-point lead, despite Winscombe having center James Flowers sin binned.
In the second period, Winscombe were boosted by the introduction of second row Luke Fisher and began to take full control. A try from a driving maul under the posts from tighthead Adam Scrase, followed several bursts from the midfield and a crucial second try soon followed when scrum-half Louis Hooper made a blind side break and powered over to give Winscombe breathing space.
Now playing with width and pace, Winscombe’s inter-play put both wingers on the score sheet, Rhys Lewis grabbing a brace and Jim Rutherford finishing a brilliant team try that began deep in their own half.
Fisher grabbed the final try from close range in the 79th minute and although hitting the post with the conversion, Dearsley had a good game from the boot with two penalties, four conversions, three of which were slotted from the touchline.
It was another all-round team performance from Winscombe, who now host Wiviliscombe on Saturday (2.15pm).
Winscombe 2nd XV 25 pts
Minehead 2nd XV 24 pts
Winscombe 2nd XV snatched victory with two minutes to play against Minehead, a run which includes just one defeat in 11 games.
The hosts took an early lead after good work by Sam White, Gibson and Tom Ware led to a five-metre scrum, from which Matt Truscott scored.
Fine play from Ben Hemmins, Ed Bourton and Truscott set up a line-out, which Gibson secured and Bourton raced through to touch down and convert.
Winscombe finished the half strongly, with a kick ahead from Ed Farmer gathered by Bourton. White and Oli Winter combined for Hemmins to score in the corner.
The match was then turned on its head in the first 12 minutes after half-time, as Winscombe let a hard-earned 17-0 lead slip to 17-12 after Ware and Winter were binned for dangerous play.
With Ware returning to the fray and Chris Aske bringing on some fresh legs the response was positive. A series of drives from the forwards ended with McCormack being held up, but Truscott got his second pushover try and the bonus point.
Winscombe conceded another penalty which was quickly taken and Minehead scored a try to make the score 22-17. Ware chased down the restart, but Minehead secured possession and broke away to take the lead for the first time with nine minutes remaining.
The hosts managed to win the ball back and from a penalty for a high tackle, Bourton converted successfully to win the game with two minutes remaining.