Returning to the Western Counties North Division, Winscombe 1sts travelled to Avonmouth Old Boys for their first match of the season at the weekend.
Both teams had opportunities to open the scoring in the early exchanges but handling errors and miscommunication let them down after the summer break. Despite having the dominant scrum, Winscombe were not able to capitalise on this and let a number of opportunities go begging.
Avonmouth eventually broke the deadlock, moving the ball across the field following a short range line-out with fly-half Steve Sullivan crossing for the first try, scrum-half Andy Butler adding the conversion.
The score seemed to settle Avonmouth who played out the remainder of the first half in an assured and skilful way. They ran in a further two tries courtesy flanker, Jared Du Plessis and wing Brandon Petit. Butler added both conversions and a penalty shortly before halftime to give the home team a commanding 24-0 advantage at the break.
Winscombe rallied in the second half, their scrum in particular holding out, a fact that bodes well for the tough season ahead and it was from such a set-piece that they eventually scored. Picking up at the base of a five metre scrum No8 Ewan Griffiths powered over the line for a fine try with Sam Dearsley adding the conversion.
As competitive as they were in the second half, Winscombe failed with a number of other attempts at scoring and it was Avonmouth who extended their winning margin at the death with a Connor McCaffery try.
Winscombe entertain Gordano next weekend for their first home match of the season.