Ellingham & Ringwood 28 – Winchester II 15
An important bonus point win
Our 1st XV started their season with an important bonus point win in Hampshire Division 1 in their home fixture at the Raymond Brown memorial ground on Saturday, but had to work hard to achieve this.
We started strongly in front of a big crowd, but Winchester came back into the game and took the lead with a penalty goal. Our young centre Matt Raybould then scored under the posts from a good interception and full back Josh Butcher added the conversion to take a 7-3 lead. But it was Winchester that finished the half more strongly and they scored a well deserved try that they converted to take a 10-7 lead into the break.
In the second half our stronger forwards started to dominate and we secured the bonus point with tries from Josh Butcher, their captain and fly half Henry Benson and replacement full back Dominic Pitt. Butcher also added a further three conversions. Winchester scored a late try from an interception, but by then the victory had been secured.
After the game our captain Henry Benson (pictured) said, “We’ve got a lot to work on, but it was important to secure today’s bonus point win”. He added “There’s a great feeling at the club at the moment and I was pleased to see our 2nd XV beat Swanage and Wareham in their league game, as this means everyone has to work hard to retain their place in the side”.