Wimborne RFC fall to Trowbridge RFC as Dorset side rest players ahead of cup final clash
An all-change Wimborne RFC lost their first game in over a month as the Dorset side rested several key players in their defeat against Trowbridge.
The All Blacks face St Austell on Saturday in the South West Cup final and were missing first team players including Tom Moysey as they fell 27-12 at Green Lane.
Trowbridge dominated large parts of the game and enjoyed large amounts of possession in the first half. However, the hosts couldn't turn their dominance into points and Wimborne took the lead against the run of play.
Some good handling and quick recycling of the ball allowed Ben Hunt to score the opening try, with Matt Lishman adding a conversion.
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A penalty kick from Lloyd Davis cut the deficit to four points before half time.
Trowbridge were handed a boost early in the second half when Wimborne's Marcus Atkins was sin-binned for a ruck offence - allowing the hosts to gain a good attacking position from the resulting penalty.
The visitors managed to hold up Trowbridge's first drive - but the home side made the most of their numerical advantage as Dan Smith powered over to give the home side the lead.
Despite a missed conversion attempt, the Wiltshire side soon added to their lead when Smith again drove over to give Trowbridge some breathing space.
Wimborne tried to launch a comeback but a misplaced pass was intercepted by Kyle Knight who strolled over the line for his side's third try of the game.
Tom Brown thought he had given the Dorset side a lifeline, but his try was ruled out for interference off the ball.
John Blackmore finished off a slick Wimborne attack to restore some pride, but Trowbridge had the last say when Ashley Chalk secured a bonus-point win.