Flying start helps Winscombe nail victory in Backwell battle
Nailsea & Backwell 5, Winscombe 39
A lightning first half-hour which saw Winscombe run in 32 unanswered points was the catalyst for their impressive victory at Nailsea & Backwell.
Nailsea were under pressure from the off, with Owen Howell pinning them back with a raking kick. The visitors conceded a penalty and Howell converted with only three minutes on the clock.
Winscombe's front row of Simon Thompson, Dan Fryer and Adam Scrase quickly showed their dominance and when Nailsea conceded another penalty, Howell doubled the lead.
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The hosts hit the upright with their own kick at goal but when Winscombe broke out, George House scythed through for a try in the corner which was converted by Howell.
Will Thomas then scored a pushover try, with Howell again adding the extras, and Fryer touched down for an unconverted score when the visiting forwards drove over the line.
Thomas crossed for the bonus-point touchdown, converted by Howell, after another poor Nailsea restart, while James Flower was denied a score by a cynical tackle.
From this point on, Winscombe went off the boil and allowed Nailsea a foothold in the game. In the final minute of the half, a drive left the visiting defence short of numbers and Nailsea bagged an easy try – their only score of the day.
With Winscombe having a man sent to the sin-bin, the home side needed a positive start to the second half to continue their revival but the visitors' defence held firm to deny them any more points.
When Winscombe got the ball in hand again, Howell and Flower broke and House arrived to receive a well-timed pass before crossing in the corner. Howell added the extras.
The final 30 minutes were played in worsening weather and it was no surprise that there was no addition to the scores.