The Winscombe first team entertained local rivals Gordano at the weekend and registered their first win of the season in front of an appreciative home crowd enjoying the last of the summer sun.
Winscombe started brightly, carrying strongly a number of times deep into their visitors 22. When the ball was eventually released down the line wing Tultsi Winterson scrambled over the line for the opening score, centre Sam Dearsley adding the conversion.
When play resumed Winscombe’s forwards again made ground, a powerful run by second row Luke Fisher causing Gordano to infringe at the breakdown. Dearsley, opting to go for goal, was successful from some 45 metres out to stretch the lead.
Collecting their own restart kick it was Gordano’s turn to exert some pressure. They pinned Winscombe inside their 22 with a series of strong carries and some intelligent back play but failed to reach the line, allowing their hosts to break out. With the tables turned Gordano had to defend once more which they did resolutely but were unable to stop hooker Jim McCormick crashing through for Winscombe’s second try. Dearsley’s conversion together with a further penalty shortly after half time stretched the home advantage to 20-0.
As the second period progressed, however, Gordano gathered themselves and mounted a spirited comeback, launching a series of attacks toward the Winscombe try-line. Eventually their perseverance paid off with winger Jack Thomas forcing his way over for a try, centre Sam Hodge adding the conversion.
At this point Gordano appeared to be in control and were pressing for a further score which would have brought them back into the game. Against the run of play, however, Winscombe flanker Aled Corcoran pounced on a loose ball, broke though and fed prop Alec Chase on halfway who raced down the wing to score in the corner.
Man of the match Dearsley’s conversion, rounding off a perfect kicking display, sealed the win for Winscombe who travel to Barton Hill next weekend.