Winscombe pay the penalty

Winscombe were held to a draw against Tor with handling errors being prominent.

Winscombe 5 pts

Tor 5 pts

WINSCOMBE were held to a draw at home again Tor, but handling errors let them down.

The hosts started well, with James Flower and Jim Merryfield making clean breaks. A good kick to touch by Steve Pugh saw Stuart Warren steal the line-out. Good play by Matt Truscott, Merryfield, James Rutherford and Aaron Ford set up Callum Stewart to touch down in the corner.

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Tor replied with good pressure from their forwards. A penalty led to a line-out five metres out. Joe Ford managed to hold the ball up, but from the resultant scrum, the Tor No 8 used the room on the blind side to allow his scrum-half to dummy his way over to level the scores.

For the remaining 24 minutes of the half, Winscombe’s Merryfield and Will Thomas made effective runs, but handling errors and penalties disrupted play.

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In the third quarter, Winscombe continued to cede territory as Tor kicked to touch from yet more penalty awards but, apart from one significant break, they offered little in attack.

Having weathered this period, Winscombe spent the final quarter on the attack and their backs produced some good running but could not find the final pass.

Debutant Warren Hancock showed some neat touches and from one catch on his 22 started a counter attack that Pugh and Stewart took to within five metres of the try line, only for another penalty to be conceded.

Oldfield 43 pts

Winscombe 2nd XV 40 pts

THE 2nd XV travelled to Oldfield short handed and two forwards got injured in the first few minutes.

They put up a brave fight and were 40-38 ahead until the final minute when Oldfield crossed in the corner to win 43-40.

Captain Matt Hoy-Green, who is a young centre had to play at hooker, but still scored a try and kicked four penalties and four conversions. Sam Fisher, Lucas Humphrey and Oscar scored the other tries.

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