Winscombe sunk by Combe Down's late try

PUBLISHED: 10:04 20 March 2006 | UPDATED: 09:01 24 May 2010

A GOOD clean game of rugby was served up by both teams right up to the final whistle. Solid defending and slick attacking was the name of the game, enjoyed by both players and spectators alike. Winscombe opened the scori

Combe Down 20 pts Winscombe 19ptsA GOOD clean game of rugby was served up by both teams right up to the final whistle. Solid defending and slick attacking was the name of the game, enjoyed by both players and spectators alike.Winscombe opened the scoring after 15 minutes with a well executed break by centre Chris Marsh, who fed full-back Robbie Suik entering the line at speed and touching down in the corner.Winscombe were then subjected to a period of defending, which saw Combe Down's winger score in the corner. Both teams continued to share possession until a quick penalty by Winscombe centre Chris Mangan caught out the Combe Down defence and a pass to winger Tom Haines found him crossing the line, Suik converting.However, Combe Down were not phased and just prior to the break produced some powerful forward moves resulting in an unconverted try and a half time score of 12-10 in favour of Winscombe.Combe Down had superiority when recycling the ball, which proved successful at the start of the second half when they scored an unconverted try. The rest of the half was a hard fought round of defending and attacking by both sides with no reward.The effort put in by winger Paul Mitchell and the front row of Iain Robinson, Andy Raines and Paul Chilcott is worthy of a mention. It was not until near the end that a well executed handling move by Winscombe saw man of the match Suik chip a ball over the defence and run on to collect and score. He then converted.Some 10 minutes of extra time then ensued which saw Combe Down force themselves over for a try after some gallant defending by Winscombe. The failed conversion was the last act of the match to give Combe Down victory 20 -19. Tomorrow (Sat), the 1st and 3rds are resting, while the 2nds are home to Wellington in a merit table clash. Members are reminded that the club dinner and presentation evening is on May 26.The speaker is former England and Lions player, John Bentley. Tickets will soon be available from Steve Bridges, Richard Mead and Peter Richmond, priced £25.

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