The Winscombe first team entertained Gloucester’s Matson at the weekend in a high scoring and bruising encounter that ended in confusion but ultimately in a win for the home team.
Matson, playing down the slope, started strongly and within ten minutes had scored tries in each corner, their wings allowed free reign down the outside channels.
Gathering themselves Winscombe forced a sequence of penalties inside their visitors 22 which resulted in hooker Will Thomas’s first try, driving over at the base of a maul to score, centre Sam Dearsley adding the conversion.
Thomas went on to score a further two tries in the first period, all from Winscombe forward pressure with Matson responding with a further two tries themselves. All four tries appeared to be converted successfully by Dearsley and his opposite number. However, the referee inexplicably demanded that the scoreboard show one less conversion to Winscombe and so the half ended with Matson in front by 24-19.
Winscombe took the lead soon after the break with a neatly timed run by fullback Jim Rutherford who scored beneath the posts, and with Matson down to 12 men after a series of yellow and red cards extended this lead further through No. 11 Bryn Turner’s blistering run down the left wing.
A converted Matson try brought the scores level at 31-31 as the game moved to a conclusion. Both teams scored penalties as the final minutes ticked down with the scoreboard reading 34-34 as the whistle sounded, everyone assumed a draw.
As they left the field the home team questioned the unaccounted for conversion which was later re-instated by the match referee who registered a 36-34 home win.
Matson will be aggrieved that their final decision to kick for goal was based on the scoreboard but the bonus point win moves Winscombe comfortably to mid-table in Western Counties North. They travel to Bristol Saracens next weekend.