Rugby - Dorchester 2nd XV 22 v 31 East Dorset
10:18am 6th February 2013
For the second week in a row the county town side found themselves at the wrong end of a result despite having dominated much of the game, this all against a backdrop of having only 9 players on Thursday night following call ups for several players for the 1st XV trip away at Devizes, it says much for the strength in depth and the perseverance of the selectors that Dorchester were able to field a side that pushed unbeaten league leaders East Dorset all the way, in fact two tries in the last 5 minutes gave the visitors the benefit of a flattering winning margin, and again Dorchester can feel disappointed that they came away with nothing, the difference between the 2 sides came down to fitness in the last 15 minutes.
The first half belong entirely to Dorchester as they exposed East Dorsets game plan and defence, after a tentative start, the home side began to impose them selves, from a scrum inside their own half Dan Cree made good ground before off loading to the always reliable Rich Deakin who timed his pass to Toby Waddington to perfection and allowed the latter to carve open the visitors defence and go in under the posts, Dan Cree added the extras. East Dorset hit back with a penalty to reduce the deficit. 2nd row Lee King had an immense first half causing problems for East Dorset every time he got the ball in hand, in fact he belied his size with a fine break down the left wing being hauled down just short of the line. Minutes later Waddington got his second following good interplay between forwards and backs the conversion drifter wide. East Dorset did hit back relying on a series of pick and drives close to the Dorchester line. The home side undeterred came straight back this time a mirror of the move that led to Waddingtons first try was called again and this time it was full back Kieran Fry who got the score when he showed strength and pace to power over with Cree adding the conversion and a penalty to make it 22-8 at half time all was looking good at the break.
With East Dorset having the slope and wind to their backs they played a simple game of kicking deep and pressurizing the home defence whoi by this time had lost the influential Lee King to a knock on the head and so it was that Dorcheste spent the entire half mounting a rearguard defence to keep the league leaders out, and in fairness defending for such long period of play it is inevitable that scores were to be conceded but they only came in the last 20 when Dorchester visibly tired, even the home side impressive back row of Simon Pengelly, Hugh Vivian and the ageless Ed Taylor couldn’t keep the score down. East Dorset were guilty of ignoring simple 3 points on offer when they opted for a series of 5 metre scrums which were expertly defended and Dorchester got their reward when the visiting open side handled in the scrum right under the watchful eye of the referee.
This was a performance of endeavor and sheer bloody mindedness by Dorchester and one they should be immensely proud of, to push East Dorset all the way was no mean achievement and if Dorchester can get all available players to train and turn up on a Saturday the success of this side is guaranteed.
Highwood Man of the Match: Hugh Vivian.