Vale edged out in close encounter
By Moz Hall
Superb Winbourne defence keeps vale out
This was a strange match with little expansive rugby to excite the spectators but a tense one for the purists. In the first half Vale had all the pressure permanently camped in the Winbourne half, but were unable to find the space to penetrate the extremely well organised and effect defence. We did not help our selves by throwing long passes that were not that accurate. Given Vale's field position a Winbourne breakout to score an unconverted try could have been said it was against the run of play, but the chance was well taken. After an eternity of cancelling each other out, a kick into space and sharp following up by George raised the spectators hopes as he fell on the ball over the line, but the referee from some way back saw it otherwise, much to the chagrin of those close by and awarded a knock on .
The second half was much of the same and Vale thought that the defence was tiring a little but could not take advantage. Decision making was not great as we chose to run penaltie,s when we should have kicked for territory as our lineout was functioning perfectly. One such occasion cost us the match when a penalty was awarded just outside of our 22 and although we made several metres, the ball was stripped from our player as he fell to the ground by the Winbourne No 6 and as he span out he was clear to run in the try.
The catch and drive at the middle of the lineout became our most potent weapon and it looked on a number of occasion that we were going to drive over from relatively long distance, but Winbourne manages to bring it down. Finally on what turned out to be the last play, a well controlled catch and drive from about 10 metres finally resulted in an unconverted try