Winscombe move up the table in relegation battle

PUBLISHED: 09:29 23 February 2018 | UPDATED: 09:29 23 February 2018

James Flowers.

James Flowers.

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Winscombe recorded a much-needed victory in a relegation battle against bottom of the table Oldfield Old Boys.

Oldfield Old Boys 15 pts

Winscombe 26 pts

Winscombe travelled to Bath to face Oldfield Old Boys and came away with a win that may prove to be vital to their hopes of remaining in Tribute Western Counties North.

Oldfield started brightly and belying their position at the bottom of the league, opened up a 15-point lead with two well-taken tries and a penalty.

The tide turned decisively 10 minutes before half-time, however, when James Flowers cut a perfect line through the Oldfield defence to score under the posts with Alec Chase crashing over soon after.

Jim Merryfield added both conversions leaving the game neatly poised at 15-14.

The second half was dominated by the Winscombe forwards and was played in large part inside the Oldfield 22, their driving maul from a 10-metre line-out rumbled up to the line and saw Will Thomas cross for a try.

With 10 minutes remaining an overthrown Oldfield line-out ball was eagerly taken by Alec Chase who crossed for his second try, securing a Winscombe bonus point, Merryfield adding the conversion.

In the dying moments of the game, Oldfield pressed for a try themselves and a losing bonus point, but were denied by a well-organised and ferocious Winscombe defence.

The win took Winscombe into 10th place with Oldfield still at the foot of the table eight points away.

Chase, Thomas and Dan Fryer were eager to carry into contact, Andy Ball was combative throughout, while Irons caught cleanly and looked lively and Howell invariably put his team on the front foot.

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