Villagers good value in derby-day victory

DERBY CLASH: Puddletown’s Matt Watts tackles Weymouth’s Sean Murphy

DERBY CLASH: Puddletown’s Matt Watts tackles Weymouth’s Sean Murphy

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WEYMOUTH II 0 Puddletown 22

THE Villagers extended their winning run to four games with victory over their local rivals in a typically spirited Dorset & Wilts Two South derby.

Although a closer contest than the scoreline suggests, Puddletown were nevertheless good value for the points, having an edge over their opponents for most of the 80 minutes.

Enjoying the better of the early exchanges, the visitors had the first opportunity to take the lead with Tom Yeatman electing to kick for goal from a difficult angle.

The skipper’s penalty attempt drifted just wide but the pressure continued and minutes later he cleverly combined with flanker Matt Watts to send Chris Thomson clear – the winger just squeezing over in the corner. The try remained unconverted but the lead was soon doubled.

Controlling the ball, the forwards had once again worked themselves into a good position before scrum-half Ed Sealey spun a pass out through his backs. Full-back Dan Udell timed his run into the line perfectly to leave the defence trailing as he crossed the whitewash.

The visitors had earned their 10-0 lead at the break but there was no room for complacency as a resurgent Weymouth pack started to pile on the pressure.

However, Puddletown’s midfield defence proved more than capable of holding its line and, on the odd occasion that a breakthrough threatened, the hosts found Udell in no mood to let anyone pass.

Meanwhile, going forward, Puddle-town’s pace was proving too hot to handle for the home side and with Yeatman at the heart of every move they deservedly scored two more tries.

The first saw Thomson set up for a much more straightforward opportunity to complete his brace and then, after Yeatman had added the extras, another fine move secured the bonus point.

From a five-metre scrum in the corner, great hands in the line spread the home defence wide before the ball reached John Moise, the flanker cleverly cutting back inside to lose his marker and sprint to the line.

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