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RUGBY: Walcot woe for Dorchester
DORCHESTER 34 WALCOT 39
PLAYERS and supporters at Coburg Road must still be wondering how Dorchester contrived to lose a game that they controlled for all but the last 10 minutes.
Dorchester appeared to overcome their traditional slow start and were on top right from the kick-off as they chased a fourth straight Southern Counties South success.
An excellent penalty by Jamie Morgan was soon followed by the opening try, prop Dave Cottell driving over after a period of sustained forward pressure.
Walcot hit back when former Weymouth fly-half Nick Shep-pard kicked a simple penalty but Dorchester soon extended their lead.
Callum King benefitted from a Walcot mistake and scored in the right-hand corner. Morgan added the extras with a splendid kick from the touchline to make it 15-3.
Walcot scored their opening try in a rare visit to the Dorchester 22 but the hosts responded immediately when Carl Mitchell latched onto the restart, exchanged passes with Dave Clark, and dived over in the corner.
Morgan was unable to convert but Dorchester went into the break with a comfortable 12-point lead at 20-8 in front.
The second half began promisingly with fly-half Ollie Harding scoring the bonus-point try and seemingly putting the game to bed.
Dorchester emptied their bench and were possibly guilty of taking their foot off the gas at that stage.
Walcot were far from out of it however, and they camped on the hosts’ line. Dorchester lost Mark Sergison to the sin bin but held out heroically until Walcot broke through and scored a second try.
The county town side upped their game and Chris Miners went over for try number five, converted by John Bowden, and now Dorchester led 34-13 with only 10 to go.
But the match then changed completely. With nothing to lose the visitors started to run the ball from everywhere and Dorchester started to fall off tackles and make poor decisions.
Three unanswered tries followed to leave Walcot trailing by just two points as the clock ticked down to 80 minutes.
And, with the last play of the game, they exploited space down the right wing and, when a kick ahead bounced perfectly into the winger’s hands, the turnaround was complete.
Dorchester travel to league leaders Wells on Saturday and will have to improve their tackling if they are to trouble their high-flying opponents.
Dorchester: Cottell (Ritchie 60), Chalker, Hodgson, Mitchell (Broadbent 60), Jones, Miners, Newsam, Sergison, Bowden, Harding, Clark, C King, Devine, Paton; Morgan (T Gower 60).
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