Spirited effort sees 2nds defeated by league leaders
By Gavin Pratt
Warminster 2nd XV faced unbeaten league leaders Corsham II’s on Saturday in a first vs second clash in the Dorset and Wilts North 3 division.
In a hard fought contest that swung back and forth, the amber and blues were defeated by 36-24.
Scotty Blaszkiws men travelled with a squad of 19 stacked full of forwards and a limited number of backs meaning some players playing out of position. Including flanker Mat Bone having to fill in on the wing.
The match started at an electric pace with Warminster keen on ending Corsham’s perfect season to date and the home side not giving an inch in letting that happen. Warminster fly half James Wilson was breaking the Corsham defensive line with some good footwork but the amber and blues could not quite get in support quick enough to turn his good work into points. It was Corsham who dealt the first blow when going over from close range for a converted try.
The reply by Warminster was almost immediate if not somewhat fortuitous. 17 year old Debutant winger Tom Carpenter-Rich appeared to knock the ball on just 10 metres out from the Corsham line but the man in the middle appeared not to see it. Centre Ross Williams pounced, hacking through and diving on the loose ball to score. Scrum half Gavin Pratt couldn’t add the extras from out wide.
Corsham soon retook the lead after another dubious decision when Carpenter-Rich appeared to perfectly put the ball down in his dead ball area after a Corsham kick through. The official ordered a scrum five meters to the home side and from the resulting scrum were able to score another converted try
In the topsy turvy affair Warminster’s Wilson replied with a try his display had so far deserved diving over out wide for another unconverted try.
The amber and blues were then dealt two hammer blows in quick succession with young flanker Dom Davey suffering a nasty looking knee injury at the back of a ruck and Wilson taking a forearm to the cheek. Both players could not continue and Warminster were forced into a reshuffle with the already out of position Bone having to move to scrum half and Pratt moving out one to the 10 shirt. With only forwards on the bench this meant another, this time Sebastian De-Roberto, having to fill in on the wing.
After 10 minutes of disarray the amber and blues regathered themselves and took a lead into half time when Williams showed some good individual skill with a chip and chase to scoot in under the posts. This time Pratt added the simple conversion and Warminster were leading 14-17 at the half time whistle.
In the second half the home side turned a corner and showed why they were unbeaten scoring two quick unconverted after emptying their considerable bench with fresh legs. The amber and blues would just not lie down and drew level when from an attacking scrum 7 metres out the ball found its way out to Pratt who went on the outside of the Corsham centre and under the posts to convert his own score.
With 12 minutes left the game was in the balance at 24-24 but Corsham rallied again with another two tries one of which was converted. The amber and blues looked to get themselves back in the game but Corsham closed it out well and at the final whistle had won by 34-26.
This was a pulsating contest between two very evenly matched sides. Was it not for two important injuries and a lack of backs replacements then the outcome may have been a different story. Take nothing away from Corsham though who were worthy winners on the day. Warminster now only have one game left to of their campaign on the 21st April against Minety. They will be looking for some favours from other teams if they are not to be pipped to second place by Trowbridge II’s.