BATTLING Weymouth & Portland were whitewashed 26-0 by a strengthened Bournemouth Thirds in their Wadworth Dorset & Wilts One South clash at Monmouth Avenue.

Going into the clash, the Seahorses were placed in second – five places above Bournemouth’s third string.

However, an unexpected disparity between the sides quickly became apparent as Weymouth & Portland were hemmed in from the off.

Bournemouth’s backs were extremely influential, led by the axis of their superb fly-half, but it was the visitors’ centre who steamed through the hosts’ defence to score the opening try.

Incessant Bournemouth pressure eventually created the second try as the visiting forwards penned the Seahorses deep in their own 22 for 20 minutes.

Weymouth & Portland had fought gallantly to defy a superior Bournemouth side but after half-time the visitors rampaged through the gain line once more to score their second breakaway try.

And a quickly-taken penalty led to Bournemouth scoring their fourth try, the visitors’ lethal fly-half converting three of the four despite strong gusts from Storm Jorge.

Speaking to Echosport, Seahorses’ coach Rich Bament gave his charges credit for their perseverance against a stronger Bournemouth team.

He said: “I was pleased with our performance, the way they stuck at it and kept trying to do what we’ve been doing all season.

“Obviously the wind was a big factor. The times we did have the ball in our hand, we did go forward and made chances for ourselves.

“Unfortunately our best passage of play for five minutes ended with the ball being knocked out of our grasp as we’re about to put it over the try line.

“We certainly had chances in the second half. At the end of the day, the guys know they got beaten by the better team.

“Performance-wise it was very good the way we stuck to our guns and defended. It could’ve been a cricket score but they all stuck together and never gave up.”

On Bournemouth’s display, Bament said: “They belied their league position.

“They dominated the first half and we spent probably 35 minutes defending – and the guys did it well.

“Unfortunately, it was Bournemouth’s day at the end of it, they were a very strong team.”

Weymouth & Portland next travel to Surcouf Park on Saturday to face old rivals Dorchester (2.15pm).


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