Kingsbridge RFC 20 Winscombe 1sts 26
By Ted Sands
first away win of the season
Winscombe travelled to South Devon in the hope of building on recent promising performances and started strongly. From the kick-off they established good field position and after a series of drives the ball was moved sharply to the right wing for James Flower to cross for the opening try, Sam Dearsley adding the conversion. Dearlsey finished off Winscombe’s second try himself soon after as the visitors took control of the match, their pack dominant at every set-piece. Cutting into the line at speed the centre took the ball through a ragged defence to score beneath the posts, then converted his own try.
As Winscombe pressed for a third try, however, Kingsbridge stirred into life and responded. Pouncing on a loose ball in their own 22 they moved the ball to the left and found space for winger Adam Morgan to race away and to touch down in the corner. Buoyed by the score, Kingsbridge further cut their deficit by working a well worked try that No.8 Freddie Buckle finished off beneath the posts, scrum half Sam Rhymes adding the conversion. At half-time the match was neatly poised at 12-14 in the visitors’ favour.
From the re-start Winscombe carried strongly into Kingsbridge territory but eventually lost the ball in contact. With their scrum travelling backwards, however, Kingsbridge failed to deal with possession. Winscombe scrum-half Lewis Podpadec pounced on the loose ball and cutting across the home defence raced to the line from thirty metres out.
Kingsbridge were successful with a Rhymes penalty as the match moved into its final quarter but a well worked try by Winscombe lock Jack Hodson appeared to have put the game to rest. Charging down a defensive kick on the halfway line, Winscombe flanker Stuart Warren had the presence of mind to gather the ball and race into the home 22 before sending the ball into centre-field for Hodson to crash over beneath the posts.
The bonus point try and Dearsley’s conversion seemed to have settled the game but the hosts had other ideas. From the re-start Kingsbridge regained possession and quickly moved the ball to their back line who had looked threatening throughout the match. Centre Ben Glover was to show his pace as he raced through a tiring visiting defence to score an impressive try and to set up a tense final few minutes with only one score separating the two teams.
Winscombe weathered the final storm, however, and after securing possession kicked the ball dead to seal an important win that moves them comfortably out of the Western Counties West relegation zone.