Winscombe stung by rampant Hornets

HORNETS bounced back from the previous week’s performance to defeat Winscombe 92-0.

HORNETS bounced back from the previous week’s performance to defeat Winscombe 92-0.

The start could not have been better, Jake Fereday caught the kick-off, Greg Speller hit the perfect line to break through the Winscombe defence, he then popped the ball for Ash Kinschent to go under the posts.

Two further scores from Phil Hogarth and Matt Vaughan meant that Hornets were 21-0 up within 10 minutes. Hornets scored three further tries in the half through full-back Nick Francis, prop Sonny Haines and a final score from fly-half Sam Lloyd Jones, who converted all the tries and adding a penalty that left the score 45-0 at half-time.

The second half continued in the same vein with Bobby Hewlett and Matt Watkins showing their pace by scoring after seven and 11 minutes respectively. There then followed a sparkling five minutes where Hornets scored three tries.


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First off was Hogarth, who broke a tackle on the halfway line and somehow managed to score. He repeated the break a minute later and was happy that winger Hewlett was on hand to take the pass and complete the long run in. Vaughan got his second after good hands from the back division.

With 15 minutes to go Watkins got his second try when he outstripped the whole defence to score. The final try came from Stuart Vinnecombe who rounded the defence to score under the posts. Lloyd Jones completed a personal tally of 32 points, converting six of the second half tries, making it 12 out of 13 conversions, a try and a penalty.

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There were many fine performances from both backs and forwards including the contrasting styles of the Disneys, with scrum-half Sean controlling the pace of the game with cousin Chris being the normal battering ram that he is. Speller had one of his best games and Nick Francis was always dangerous.

Hornets play their last game of the season against Stothert and Pitt this coming Saturday at 3pm knowing that a win will make them champions, so all should come along and give their support.

Castle Cary 2nd XV 7 pts Hornets 3rd XV 33 pts

HORNETS third team had already won the Tribute Somerset 3 South League, but had one last fixture to play.

They travelled to Castle Cary and took the lead through flanker Dave Geddes. Castle Cary came back at Hornets, but excellent defence from Sean Davidson, Ian Cullum and Paul Cullum stopped any real threat.

Hornets were awarded a penalty in the opposition 22, where scrum-half Mark Harvey took a quick tap and ran through a gap in the defence to score under the posts, converted by Rob Owen for a 12-0 half-time lead.

After the break, Hornets continued to attack using both the backs and the forwards to move upfield, where Geddes scored again. Another good move saw Sam Holland smash his way over to score his first try of the season.

The Hornets were dominating the game, which was controlled brilliantly by No 8 Dave Jones and fly-half Joe Keating. Harvey’s short chip over the opposition defence saw Dez Allan gather and dive over the whitewash for the Hornets’ final try. All the second half tries were converted by Owen for the extra points.

Castle Cary never gave up and were rewarded at the end with a consolation try. Man of the match went to Dave Geddes, but captain Damian Hewlett would like to thank all the players for their commitment and effort in winning the title, with 15 wins, one loss and 10 bonus points.

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