2nd XV get first Win of the Season
By Jimmy Rees
Winless 2nd XV register first win of the season with a convincing away fixture against Melksham
After two difficult games to start the season off, the amber and blues have started this year with two defeats one league and one in the cup. They were hoping to gain their first win of the season when they travelled to Melksham on Saturday.
Sporting the alternative strip of red and black the game started with Melksham asserting dominance of the game in front of their home support. Warminster were also dealing with the sun in their eyes. With nice passages of play, the quick punchy moves Melksham kept the visitors well within their half for the first 15 minutes. But credit to the visitors some dogged defence kept the home side from claiming any points in their period of dominance. Some good rush defence saw the home side fumbling the ball on numerous occasions and the plenty of scrums. The visitors scrum was pretty strong and dominated for most of the game. The visitors were also welcoming back centre Dan Lee, winger Ali Lacey, flanker Chris Bell (substitute) and Andy Clarke. But were failing to get on the same page when attacking. Lee was quick to make some breaks but found himself isolated. After a few wise words from skipper Scotty Blaszkiw and Clarke Warminster began to fire up! Getting the ball through hands and trying to offload with some great success. The first score soon came, after Dan Lee crashed through the tackle before offloading to Jamie Wilde, Wilde was able to step past two defenders before then offloading to scrum half Will Thomas ‘Tommo’. Tommo was able to then use his pace to burst through the shattered Melksham defence. Tommo was tackled just short but able to pop up to Wilde to glide over for the score. Fly half Jimmy Rees added the extras. Returning from injury Dan McIntyre decided to come on to test how the recovery is coming on. It wasn’t long before he made his impact with a great solo effort to score. Again Rees added the extras with the boot. Before half time the visitors scored again this time Tommo was able to touchdown. Again off the back of some strong running and good offloading from McIntyre and Wilde. Rees slotted the extras. As the half time whistle blew the visitors had a healthy 0-21 lead. Although Warminster had the lead, they weren’t happy with yet, the performance wasn’t where they wanted to be!
The 2nd half kicked off with the home side now facing the sun. Warminster began to play with some composure and put some decent passages of play. It wasn’t long before the visitors scored again, McIntyre using his pace to evade the defence to score in the corner! Rees narrowly missed the extras. Now with their tails up Warminster were throwing everything at Melksham and playing some free flowing rugby. The pace of rugby forced infringements from the home side. Warminster electing keeping the ball on the field and letting the forwards run with the ball. Clarke, Bell and Sam Batchelor putting in the hard yards. The strong carries would pay off as it resulted in the next score. Chris Bell took the ball off a hard line and it seemed he had scored, but was inches short. Scrum half Tommo was quick to react and pick up the ball to dive over for the score. Rees missed the extras. McIntyre completed his hatrick with another solo effort from his own half! The returning Dan Lee also got his name on the score sheet with a late individual score from a strong run from a set piece move, Lee also converted his try with a drop goal. The home side were able to get themselves on a score sheet. The visitors began to throw the ball around a little two much, with an interception from the Melksham defence counter attack, there was a great last ditch tackle from full back Eddie Read to prevent a score, putting the attacker into touch. However Warminster knocked on from the line out giving the hosts a scrum 5 metres out from the Warminster line. The scrum resulted in the Melksham number 8 grabbing the ball and crossing the line. However the resilient defence continue to battle to try and Wilde managed to hold up and seemed to keep the ball off the ground! However the referee deemed it as a score and awarded the try. The conversion was missed and the final score was 5-43.
Warminster will be hoping for another win next week when they travel to Bath to face Bath Saracens.