Winscombe aim to do things they 'have never achieved before' says Howell

Winscombe RFC's Owen Howell celebrates scoring against Clevedon RFC

Winscombe RFC's Owen Howell celebrates scoring against Clevedon RFC in his side's 30-19 victory. - Credit: Josh Thomas

Player/coach Owen Howell says Winscombe RFC will aim to keep doing things they “have never achieved before” as they travel to Barton Hill looking to “hopefully” make history.

Winscombe maintained their perfect start to the season with a 30-19 win against Clevedon RFC on Saturday, after beginning the campaign with 47-7 win at Avonmouth Old Boys, to sit in third place behind Western Counties North table leaders Midsomer Norton.

But Saturday’s match could see the club break the record of winning their opening three games in their 59 year history.

Action from Winscombe RFC's derby with Clevedon RFC.

Action from Winscombe RFC's derby with Clevedon RFC in their first home match in 18 months. - Credit: Josh Thomas

“We are really looking forward to it,” he said.

“It’s been a good start to the season, two wins out of two and never beaten Barton Hill at their ground, we had never beaten Avonmouth at their ground so it’s a good opportunity to go and keep this momentum going and do things Winscombe have never achieved before.”

Saturday’s contest was the first match at the Recreational Ground in 18 months, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Howell scored two tries, alongside further efforts from Ed Bourton and Greg Humphrey, to seal a bonus point triumph over their North Somerset rivals.

And the 36-year-old inside centre said having supporters back is fantastic and being back is “really important” for the village.

Action from Winscombe RFC's derby with Clevedon RFC.

Action from Winscombe RFC's derby with Clevedon RFC in their first home match in 18 months. - Credit: Josh Thomas

He added: “We love being out here. The stalwarts have always been around Winscombe but the better we do the better rugby we are playing hopefully people will talk.

“Even as a grassroots player if you have got 500 people sat around your local rugby club it’s great having them on the sidelines. I’ve been around the club 15 years going back when I was 22, 23 playing in Somerset Two and you have one man and his dog.

“(Saturday) was a massive difference, you play for the support it means something to play for your village. It’s good fun.

“The senior section is the pinnacle of grassroots rugby clubs. If the first team and senior section are doing well it can filter down through the club and have an impact on the community.

“Every time we come training, come out and play in the league we know what we do has an impact around the village. It’s good that we have started well. Hopefully there is a lot of buzz going of what Winscombe can do this season.”
 


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