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RUGBY: Dorchester make hard work of victory
DORCHESTER 10 CORSHAM 0
DORCHESTER made extremely hard work of what should have been a routine home win over Southern Counties South rivals Corsham at Coburg Road.
Despite having to make five changes from the previous weekend, Dorchester started brightly and again played an open and flowing game to put Corsham under pressure from the off.
The visitors traditionally have a strong pack so Dorchester were not having it all their own way up front but were looking very dangerous in the backs.
The first try came from a Corsham scrum.
Dorchester won it against the head and spun the ball the width of the pitch.
Ollie Harding popped up to make the crucial line break and put James Baker over for the opening score.
It wasn’t long before the hosts extended the lead.
From a Dorchester scrum, Dave Gower broke up the short side and fed Baker who made good ground before being tackled deep in Corsham’s 22.
His offload found John Bow- den who dived over in the cor- ner.
Dorchester were now in complete control but their old habit of failing to convert chances into points was again in evidence and would ultimately cost them a bonus point.
After several episodes of stamping and over physical play it was inevitable that somebody would pay the penalty.
That person turned out to be Dorchester prop John War- ren, who was dismissed when he took action to protect his captain James Newsam from another stamping.
The last 10 minutes of a half that is best forgotten had to be played on another pitch as first Joe Newton and then a Corsham player required an ambulance for knee and neck injuries respectively.
Dorchester have another home game this Saturday against Walcot and will hope to continue their 100 per cent start to the season.
Dorchester: Warren (Ritchie 70), Miners, Hodgson, Mitchell, L King (Jones 60), Bowden, Newsam, Sergison, D Gower, Harding, Baker, C King, Devine, Newton (Paton 65), Clark.
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