Warriors in good form

Winscombe Warriors defeated Devonport in monsoon like conditions at Gillingham.

Devonport 7 pts

Winscombe Warriors 31 pts

WITH the first meeting of these old adversaries since a feisty game last year, the players were met with monsoon like conditions at Gillingham, home to North Dorset RFC.

After a successful morning raising funds bag packing at Tesco in Burnham, arranged by Mrs Wilkinson, the team were ready for the three-way tournament.

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Charlotte Wright-Haley opened the scoring with a try, soon followed by Jessica Cooksey touching down, with Burgess converting one.

Following some excellent support play from Rosie Walker and Sophia Johnson, the ball was worked to Cooksey to score under the posts, Burgess adding the extras.

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The second half started in the same manner with the Warriors scoring a try from the kick-off, Ellie Darby’s straight running and offload set up Ruby Wilikinson to shimmy her way over the line.

The next try must have excited the coaching team as it was straight from the training ground. From a midfield scrum, Amy Godwin drew in a couple of tacklers before switching with Lucy Burgess, whose deft hands to captain Hattie Stephens saw her shrug of a couple of defenders to score between the uprights, the extras added by Burgess.

The last try came from a turnover from Justine Brown, the ball was fed to Alicia Pollard through the hands of Beth Walker and Chantelle Hartnup to Darby to score. In the last play of the game, the Devonport team collected a consolation try.

With a quick turnaround, the Warriors played the fresh home team North Dorset, with many spectators taking cover in the clubhouse due to the worsening weather, but the referee called a halt to the game due to the worsening conditions.

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