Hosts chop down Wood
Winscombe 27 Kingswood 15
Winscombe overcame a slow start and a tight finish to book their place in the next round of the Bristol Combination Cup at the expense of Gloucester League 1 outfit Kingswood.
The visitors bossed the opening exchanges and took the lead from a penalty in front of the posts but, to their credit, Winscombe quickly got back into the game, with forwards Chris Aske, Dan Fryer, Simon Thompson and Adam Scrase all prominent.
The latter went on to give a man-of-the-match performance, winning turnovers and scoring two tries, but the first touchdown went to Lucas Humphreys after he was fed by James Carter following an incisive catch and charge from Owen Howell.
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Play see-sawed for ten minutes until Winscombe took a quick penalty and, after making good ground, Aske put Howell into a gap. He in turn found Carter in support and the final pass allowed Scrase to run in from 20 metres for a converted try.
The hosts almost scored again from the restart, which was well secured by Aske, but the move faltered when an overlap was wasted.
However they were soon on the attack again and after Humphreys was held up just short of the line, the recycled ball went to the opposite wing where Scrase drove over in the corner for his second try.
Another sustained spell of pressure saw House hack the loose ball to the goalline where Winscombe were awarded a penalty. It was quickly taken and Thompson drove over from a ruck to take the score to 22-3.
Despite missing two more opportunities, the half-time score looked healthy for Winscombe but they now had to play up the slope.
Kingswood came back strongly and closed the gap with a converted try, courtesy of some weak tackling, but Winscombe hit back and, just as it looked like the visitors would clear the danger, Phil Peat skilfully picked up the ball off his toes to accelerate away and offload for House to run in a spectacular try.
With a quarter of the game remaining, Kingswood upped the pressure and forced Winscombe to give away a series of penalties, which resulted in a yellow card for Scrase.
The visitors sensibly elected to scrummage from the resulting set-piece and scored a try but Winscombe managed to hold firm and were indebted to Ryan Robinson for some excellent lineout work.