Winscombe wow RFU president with win over Stothert & Pitt
Winscombe 26, Stothert & Pitt 13
Watched by a good crowd and in the presence of RFU president Paul Murphy, Winscombe beat Somerset Premier rivals Stothert & Pitt.
A fine cover tackle by Aaron Ford prevented an early score for the visitors during a sloppy opening period. Combe's Sam Fisher then looked to have the line at his mercy but the referee brought play back for an earlier knock-on.
The hosts would surely have preferred the advantage but won the scrum anyway and Will Thomas made good ground before being turned over as the error count on both sides continued to rise.
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One good piece of play always seemed to be followed by a mistake and Winscombe were unable to take advantage of their superiority in the scrum.
The first score finally came after half an hour when the hosts won a the lineout. Owen Howell broke the gain line, Kieran Clarke and Will Thomas drove to the line and James Flower drew a penalty which was immediately taken by Andy Ball to crash over from five metres. Howell kicked the conversion.
Early in the second half, Ball sent Thomas and Howell clear with the latter releasing George House into a gap. He slipped as he tried to round the full-back but Tom Nock picked up to race through to complete the try.
Stotherts eventually got on the scoreboard with a penalty but Thomas soon added Winscombe's third try, which was converted by Howell.
After Winscombe failed to take a couple of chances, Stotherts kicked a penalty to touch before driving over for a try from a five-metre scrum with ten minutes remaining.
The home side responded and wrapped up a bonus point when Aske raced the length of the pitch for a converted try. Although Stotherts had the final say with a touchdown in the corner, it came too late to affect the result.