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RUGBY: Wells too strong for Dorchester
WELLS 51 DORCHESTER 16
WELLS look to be good value for the tag of favourites for promotion from Southern Counties South this season and they proved far too strong for a Dorchester side still suffering from last week’s shock defeat to Walcot.
Despite Saturday’s heavy loss Dorchester stay fourth in the table as Wells maintained their unbeaten start to the campaign with a fifth victory in five out-ings.
For the opening 20 minutes, Dorchester continued as they finished against Walcot, missing tackles and not playing to the whistle.
As a result of this Wells ran in four tries to secure the bonus point with only a Jamie Morgan penalty in response.
The visitors finally got their act together and the only scores in the second quarter were two further Morgan penalties.
The second half started with another try for the hosts before Dorchester again settled into their game plan and matched the home side for the next half hour.
That they only scored a single try during this period was due to some excellent home defence and Dorchester’s old problem of not finishing off their chances.
James Baker scored the visitors’ only try but pulled his hamstring in the process to add to Dorchester’s injury worries.
Two late tries by Wells put an unfortunate slant on the scoreline but no-one could deny that they deserved the victory.
Dorchester travel to fellow Southern Counties South side Trowbridge (2.30pm) for a Dorset & Wilts Cup tie next and may look to try a few new players before league games restart.
Trowbridge sit below Dor-chester in the league standings but have won their last two fixtures, including last Saturday when they beat Swanage & Wareham.
Dorchester: Warren, Chalker, Hodgson (Cottell 60), Dixon, Jones, Miners (Bowden 60), Newsam, Mitchell, D Gower, Harding, Clark, Devine, Baker (Bament 50) Paton, Morgan.