Winscombe run riot


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Winscombe visited bottom club Imperial and came away with a resounding victory.

Imperial 5 pts

Winscombe 65 pts

WINSCOMBE took on an Imperial side residing at the bottom of the Somerset Premier League and came away with an emphatic victory.

They started well when a Winscombe scrummage pushed Imperial over the line for scrum-half Loius Hooper to touch down. Within minutes, hooker Dan Fryer hooked a ball against the head, Hooper fed the backs where captain Owen Howell made a spectacular break, fed the ball to Tom Knocker who chipped ahead for George House to run on and score.

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Knocker added a third try on 20 minutes with a dynamic scythe through the defence to score under the posts, converted by Howell. Not to be outdone, the Winscombe scrum added another walkover try dotted down by lock Chris Aske.

The Imperial scrum seemed to come to life with a consolation try. Winscombe completed the half with another of Knocker’s trademark runs through the defence to score out wide.

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The second half started much as the first with Winscombe dominant in most areas and a handling move back and forth across the pitch found prop Simon Thompson take a pass on the wing to power over the line unopposed.

Minutes later the ball appeared from a maul and quick handling saw House with an open field to run in under the posts for Howell to convert. Minutes later House repeated his previous move with another break into an open field to score again.

With Winscombe dominate in the line-out, good work by Fryer and Ryan Robinson set up James Flower to score, which Howell converted. Imperial then had a player red carded for abusive language to the referee.

The penultimate score came from full-back Steve Pugh who hoisted a high ball which was recovered by Howell and fed Pugh to score in the corner. After the kick-off, Aaron Ford caught the ball, ran into open space, fed the ball to House to run in for his fourth try, converted by Howell to complete a Winscombe win.

Next Wednesday, Winscombe play Bishopston at home in the semi-final of the Bristol Combination Cup (7.30pm). The following Saturday, Winscombe entertain Midsomer Norton at home (2.30pm).

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