Game of two halfs as 2nd XV grab defeat from jaws of victory
Warminster 2nd XV looked to maintain the pressure on league leaders Corsham last Saturday when they entertained third placed Trowbridge III’s
A disappointing second half performance put pay to all there good work in the first as they let slip a 22 point lead to come away with a 29-33 defeat.
Scott Blaszkiws men came out of the blocks in determined fashion piling on the pressure to the Trowbridge defence. Soon they got the score they deserved when number 8 Dan Bagshaw-Wickett crashed over. Fly half Gavin Pratt couldn’t add the extra’s.
Trowbridge hit back somewhat against the run of play when the amber and blues turned over the ball in the Trowbridge twenty two allowing the Trowbridge centre to break away and score under the posts for a converted score.
Warminster didn’t let the score deter them from the way they started the game and continued to play some enterprising rugby with some good running lines and offloading to the supporting runners. They re-took the lead when 2nd row Kev Forrester used his power to barrel over from close range. A third try arrived through Pratt after some good work on the wing by the returning Connor North. Stopping just short of the line North had the presence of mind to pop the ball up to the supporting Pratt to dive over. Pratt added one out of the conversions.
The amber and blues were enjoying some good possession, centre Jamie Everleigh was making good inroads into the Trowbridge defensive line as was second row Stu Legg. Soon the bonus point try arrived and it was a brace for Forrester as he scored in carbon copy fashion to his first. Pratt missed the relatively simple conversion.
A fifth try was not long around the corner and this time it was Pratt who bagged his brace when spotting a gaping hole in the Trowbridge defence and sprinting clear from half way for a converted score. At half time Warminster had a commanding 29-7 lead.
If the first half was one way traffic, the second followed pretty much the same pattern…only in favour of the away side!
Almost immediately from kick off the amber and blues allowed Trowbridge to score, exactly what they had talked about not allowing just 45 seconds earlier in the team huddle! And from here Trowbridge never really looked back as their tails were up.
Warminster were the architects of their own down fall as they fell fowl of the man in the middle giving away some cheap penalties and never giving themselves enough time in possession to stem the tide. Trowbridge were hungrier in the contact area and constantly making yards around the ruck.
It must be said they were lucky to maintain 15 players on the field when a stray head butt seen by the official was not deemed to warrant even a yellow card let alone a red, but in reality this probably would not have changed the outcome as Trowbridge clawed back the deficit with four unanswered tries. The fourth being somewhat disputable with an element of crossing in the build-up not allowing for Warminster’s Bagshaw-Wickett and Blaszkiw to get the ball carrier. The final score was 29-33.
This was a game Warminster will wonder how they ended up losing but credit must be given to Trowbridge for fighting back and in the end they were good value for their victory. The amber and blues can take solace from the fact they still came away with two bonus points to maintain a two point gap in second place, but unless Corsham slip up it’s now looking increasingly likely that second place is going to the be the best that Warminster will be fighting for. Next week they travel up the A350 to tackle Chippenham III’s