Winscombe record important victory

PUBLISHED: 15:48 28 November 2018 | UPDATED: 15:48 28 November 2018

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Winscombe defeated Paignton in a game which could well define league survival.

Winscombe 19 pts

Paignton 14 pts

Winscombe entertained Paignton at the weekend in a game that may well define league survival in Tribute South Western’s West Division.

Almost the entirety of the first half of the match, by any standard, however, was a turgid affair - with only two spurned chances at affecting the scoreboard falling to Paignton’s full-back Mike Sandercock in the form of penalties.

The game eventually came to life in the 39th minute when Winscombe captain and No 8, Will Thomas, picked up at the base of a scrum and charged 20 metres to the line to open the scoring with a try which was converted by fly-half Jim Merryfield.

Early in the second half Winscombe’s coach/player Alec Chase was shown yellow for disputing a refereeing decision.

Despite playing with only 14 players Winscombe managed to move the ball from a scrum that was moving backwards in the visitor’s 22 to centre Sam Dearsley who powered over the line from short range to score under the posts. Merryfield again adding the conversion.

From the re-start Paignton immediately exerted pressure and when the ball was moved swiftly to their right wing Adam Christianson, he was able to skip his way through the home defence to run in a try beneath the posts. Sandercock was successful with the conversion.

This score seemed to galvanise Winscombe, who again took the initiative through a driving maul that saw Thomas cross over from short range to restore home advantage.

As the match entered its final quarter, Winscombe pressed for their fourth, bonus point try and had a number of chances neutered by a resolute visiting defence.

Against the run of play Paignton quickly moved the ball wide and through the efforts of replacement wing Tim Mirch scored under the posts to secure a losing bonus point and bring the match to a close.

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