Winscombe 1sts 34 Truro RFC 7
By Ted Sands
Winscombe, played their most eye-catching rugby
The Winscombe first team ended their loosing streak at the weekend with an emphatic win over Truro, Cornwall’s capital city team, and in so doing lifted themselves off the foot of the Tribute Western Counties West division table.
Winscombe, playing down the slope in the first half, started brightly with winger Greg Humphrey gathering the ball from their own kick off. The home team managed to maintain forward momentum and within a few phases of play broke into their visitors 22 where scrum-half Lewis Podpadec spotted a gap and broke through a ragged defence for the opening try. Centre Sam Dearsley added the conversion.
Podpadec, returning to the team after a two year absence, was instrumental in setting up Winscombe’s second try. With Truro going backwards after a series of rucks on their five metre line he pounced on a loose ball and fed lock Jack Hodson who crashed over the line from short range.
Winscombe, playing their most eye-catching rugby of the season so far were in no mood to let up and from the re-start again moved into their visitors’ 22 with a series of powerful carries. A determined Truro defence slowed their advance but when the home team set up a rolling maul some ten metres from the line it proved to be unstoppable with flanker Aled Corcoran peeling off and scoring try number three.
A Jim Merryfield penalty from in front of the posts extended Winscombe’s lead before man of the match Hodson crashed over for his second try following a break down the left flank. Moving into the half time break Winscombe found themselves 27-0 up with a try bonus point already in the bag.
Truro gathered themselves at the start of the second period and made a number of advances into the Winscombe half, all of which proved to be fruitless and a yellow card shown to prop Owen Seagrove simply added to their woes.
With Winscombe fully in control of the match it was a matter of time before they were to extend their lead. Exploiting a gap in the Truro defence centre James Flower broke through on the halfway line and made forty metres before offloading to player-coach Alec Chase who scored beneath the posts, Dearsley adding the conversion.
As the match entered it’s final phase Truro eventually scored a consolation try when the ball was moved swiftly to wing Josh Symonds who scored in the corner with fly-half Craig Williams converting from the touchline.
Winscombe will have been buoyed both by the win and the spirit with which it was engineered, important factors as they look forward to the daunting prospect of entertaining league leaders Sidmouth next weekend.