Wimborne RFC withstand late fightback from Sherborne RFC to take opening win
WIMBORNE RFC took a narrow victory over rivals Sherborne RFC to start their Southern Counties South campaign with a win.
Tries from Tom Napier and Richie Brokenshire handed the Minstermen a 17-13 victory at Leigh Park.
Sherborne took advantage of some early mistakes from the home side and built a six point lead.
Wimborne dominated during the first half and finally got off the mark from the boot of James Mikalojewski - before the hosts took the lead when Napier powered over the line, with Mikolajewski adding the conversion.
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Wimborne made a bright start to the second half and had a great opportunity to increase their lead with an attacking line-out five metres from the Sherborne line.
Rod Best took possession in a driving maul - allowing Brokenshire to drive over the line, with Mikolajewski adding the further two points with a tricky conversion.
The Minstermen held an eleven-point lead, but Sherborne didn't give up. Sean Murphy was sin-binned in the closing stages - with the visitors taking full advantage with a converted try closing the gap to just four points.
The away side pushed for a late try to snatch the win, but Wimborne held strong to take the spoils.