Winscombe run out of time to find winning score

PUBLISHED: 15:18 28 March 2018 | UPDATED: 15:18 28 March 2018

Jim Merryfield.

Jim Merryfield.

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Winscombe finished up on the losing side in an entertaining encounter against Old Richians.

Winscombe 14 pts

Old Richians 15 pts

Winscombe entertained Gloucester team Old Richians at the weekend in what turned out to be a well-matched and entertaining fixture.

The hosts started the brighter and despite missing an early penalty opportunity were the first on the scoreboard when scrum-half Jim Rutherford spotted a gap and scampered over from short range, Jim Merryfield adding the conversion.

Old Richians were soon to respond and with some strong running in midfield eventually going over in the corner.

Winscombe replied with a well-taken try by Callum Stewart who scored under the posts with Sam Dearsley converting to go in at half-time with a healthy 14-5 lead.

Playing down the slope, Old Richians lay siege to the Winscombe try-line for large parts of the second half. Despite a resolute home defence, they eventually went over to bring the arrears to within a score, but failed with the conversion.

As the match drew to a close and with Winscombe unable to clear their lines, Old Richians struck again through their impressive No 8 to take the lead. With the clock at 80 minutes there was time for one more play and a thrilling finale.

Richians gathered the re-start and sent the ball deep into the Winscombe half from where the home team patiently built their final attempt to take the game.

After 20 or so phases and two successive penalties, Winscombe found themselves in the opposition 22 and set up a rolling maul that took them near the line.

The maul collapsed, however, with the visitors competing for the ball thus ending an enthralling encounter.

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