The Winscombe first team travelled to Bristol at the weekend to face Barton Hill RFC in the Western Counties North division.
Winscombe started brightly and were soon charging forward with no.8 Ewan Griffiths exploiting a gap in the home defence. His break took them deep into the Barton Hill 22 and when the ball was fed left winger Bryn Turner had the pace to cross the line for the opening score.
Barton Hill soon responded and made their way upfield with a series of powerful drives around the fringes of the breakdown, eventually releasing centre Didz Wright who skipped his way to the line, fly-half Jack Steer adding the conversion. They extended their lead further when wing Dean Werret crossed in the corner.
Gathering themselves, Winscombe responded, gaining good field position through their forwards and although the home team weathered a series of scrums on their five metre line eventually No.8 Griffiths powered over for a try, centre Sam Dearsley added the conversion to level the scores.
Barton Hill soon found themselves again defending from close range and could not stop Prop Alec Chase driving over to return the lead to the visitors. This was short-lived however, as Barts centre John Armstrong had the final say in the first period with two blistering runs through a tiring visiting defence to give the home team a 26-19 lead at half-time.
Winscombe butchered a number of golden chances to level the scores at the beginning of the second half and it was Barton Hill who extended their lead with replacement prop Billy Collins crashing over from short range, Steer's dependable boot adding the conversion.
Play returned to the home 22 from the re-start and from short range Winscombe prop Chase crossed for his second try with Dearsley’s conversion bringing them back to within range of their hosts.
As the clock wound down the visitors had a number of chances to salvage a losing bonus point but it was Barton Hill who had the final say when flanker Joe Dorrington peeled off the back of a rolling maul to score and round off a thoroughly entertaining match.