Winscombe guarantee safety with impressive victory
PUBLISHED: 09:27 27 April 2018 | UPDATED: 09:27 27 April 2018
Winscombe recorded an impressive bonus point victory over Midsomer Norton to guarantee their survival in Tribute Western Counties North.
Winscombe 37 pts
Midsomer Norton 20 pts
Winscombe guaranteed their survival in Tribute Western Counties North with an impressive bonus point win over Midsomer Norton.
Needing at least a win to stay ahead of relegation rivals Bristol Saracens, the home side started brightly and a snipping run by scrum-half Jim Rutherford took them into the Norton 22.
Full-back Ben Irons was there to take the offload, scoring beneath the posts with Sam Dearsley adding the conversion.
Midsomer Norton responded straight from the restart and within a few phases were able to release their impressive back-line, seeing their left wing into the corner. A second unconverted try by the visitors saw them take the lead.
With league survival at stake, Winscombe gradually took control of the game through their pack which has been particularly impressive all season. A Dearsley penalty steadied the nerves before tries from centre James Flowers and lock Adam Sinden saw the home team take a 22-10 lead into the half-time break.
Norton took to the field at the start of the second half with renewed vigour and two quick unconverted tries saw them close the gap to within a score, before Winscombe responded.
Firstly with an interception try from winger Callum Stewart and a converted try from flanker Will Thomas. A second penalty from Dearsley sealed the match and Winscombe’s survival in the league.