Half a century for Amber and Blues in comfortable win
By Gavin Pratt
Warminster faced low lying Chippenham II’s on Saturday looking for a good performance before the big test next Saturday against league leaders Combe Down.
In a disjointed display the amber and blues came away with a 22-50 victory
From the start it was clear Warminster had been reading too much into the home sides league position and were perhaps guilty of thinking the result was a forgone conclusion. Chippenham were quicker out of the blocks and put the Amber and Blues under pressure with early territory and possesion without really threatening the try line. Flanker Luke Windsor continued his recent good form making a number of solid tackles including three in quick succession.
Against the run of play Warminster took the lead with there first attack as the ball found it’s way to try machine Dan McIntyre, set up by an excellent clean break by his centre partner Steve Matthews. Full Back Jason Sprangle couldn’t add the extras from out wide.
The try should’ve been the catalyst for the Amber and blues to kick on, but silly errors and discipline at the offside line was costing them. Chippenham hit back with a try of there own which there early play had deserved.
Warminster were dominant in the scrums against there lighter and younger counterparts and it was skipper and tight head prop Steve Rowbotham who scored the Amber and Blues second try. Warminster were finally able to go through a number of phases and recycling the ball well before Rowbotham piled over from close range. Sprangle added the conversion. The score at half time was 7-12 to the visitors.
Following a well deserved few choice words at half time by coach Rob Rowbotham the second half was a much different affair.
Straight from the kick off McIntyre grabbed his second try after some good hands along the backline. Soon after winger Lachie Stuart got himself on the scoresheet when a well executed back move saw the ball reach Tom Evans in full flight. Evans probably could’ve gone for the line himself but he drew his man perfectly and Stuart did the rest.
The Amber and blues were now taking control and it was Sprangle who was next on the scoresheet darting in from close range having moved back to his more familiar scrum half position. Sprangle indeed added the next try although all the credit must go to his forward pack who rumbled a scrum fully 20 yards before Sprangle finished it off.
Chippenham never gave up and added two tries of there own from there impressive and somewhat slippery young winger who the Amber and blues just could not lay a finger on.
Before the final whistle Warminster were able to add a further two tries through Evans and flanker Reid Curtis with Chippenham scoring a fourth and bonus point try of there own which their display deserved. The final score was 22-50.
This performance was a case of ‘job done’ for the Amber and Blues. Despite the score line they made hard work of it and could and should’ve scored a lot more points against a young and inexperienced Chippenham outfit.
Reid Curtis was impressive making yards in the loose and Centre Steve Matthews lead the way in defence making a number of crunching tackles in some notable performances.
It was pleasing to see 14 out of the 17 Amber and blues match day squad had graduated at some point in time from the clubs mini’s and juniors section proving the club is thriving in all the right areas and providing a pathway to the senior set up.
Next week Warminster take on undefeated Combe Down at Folly Lane in what is sure to be the toughest test yet, but one with the right mindset the Amber and Blues can come away with an upset.