Winscombe 1sts 32 Wadebridge Camels RFC 14
By Ted Sands
1st team took their third bonus point
The Winscombe 1st team took their third bonus point win in as many games at the weekend with an impressive win over visiting Wadebridge Camels.
Winscombe, playing up the slope in the first half, started strongly and soon established good field position in the visitors 22. Following a break by fullback Owen Howells, who ran strongly all afternoon, quick ball was sent down the back line for wing Ben Irons to finish in the corner with a try to open the scoring.
From the restart Wadebridge were again put under pressure and failed to exit their half. When a loose ball went to ground Winscombe scrum-half Lewis Podpadec was quick to react and gathering on the Camels 10 metre line raced through a ragged visiting defence to score beneath the posts. Centre Sam Dearsley added the conversion and soon after was successful with a penalty after Wadebridge were found guilty of not rolling away at the breakdown.
As the match approached halftime Winscombe capitalised on their command of the set piece after a misfiring Wadebridge scrum gifted them possession inside the 22. Through a series of powerful drives the ball was moved up to the Wadebridge five metre line for player-coach Alec Chase to crash over near the posts. Dearsley’s conversion took the score to 22-0 as the halftime whistle sounded.
Wadebridge came out strongly at the start of the second period and after exerting considerable pressure forced the yellow carding of both replacement scrum half Dan Salway and Alec Chase. Capitalising on their advantage they soon scored a well worked try by centre Dominic Hawkey which was converted by flyhallf Danny Thomas.
Western Counties West is a highly competitive league and with every bonus point being precious Winscombe’s attention turned to scoring a fourth try. This was eventually to come after a driving maul had given them a commanding position five metres from the Wadebridge posts. After a series of robust carries Number 8 Will Thomas eventually powered over the try line with Dearsley adding the conversion.
As the match came to a close Wadebridge centre Jared Wheatman intercepted a loose pass on the halfway line and galloped away to score under the posts with Thomas adding the conversion. This added a certain balance to the scoreline but was ultimately too little too late with Dearsley adding a final penalty to seal an important Winscombe win. Next week Sidmouth, who are strong contenders for the league championship come to visit and will undoubtedly prove a sterner test.