Plate Final v Yeovil
By David Price
Plate Final win for Marlborough
The Dorset and Wiltshire Colts plate final took place on Sunday 14th April between Marlborough RFC and Yeovil RFC and was held at the neutral ground of Frome RFC.
On a chilly April afternoon the game was played extremely competitively with a 22 squad from Marlborough and a large and strong squad from Yeovil .
The early stages of the game proved to be extremely close with Yeovil’s large pack pushing the Marlborough forwards very hard and the game was played largely in the centre of the pitch. As the game moved on Marlborough started to find some more space and they started to push forward with Henry Adamson eventually converting a penalty kick to give a three point lead.
Marlborough then pushed to increase the advantage and after some great running and passing play from the backs Harry Lipscome ran over the first try, although the conversion narrowly missed leaving Marlborough 8-0 in front .
After continued pressure from the entire Marlborough team a second penalty was converted by Henry Adamson then Matt Huish ran in a second try which was successfully converted by Henry Adamson, leaving Marlborough 18-0 in front at half time.
In the second half Yeovil came out very strong and determine to even up the score and for over 25 minutes Marlborough were forced to defend their line, time and time again with two held up decisions correctly given by the ref .
Eventually Marlborough broke free and Sam Waddell ran in the third and final try which without a successful conversion gave Marlborough a 23-0 advantage .
Finally in the last minutes of the game Yeovil got a reward for all their hard work and scored a converted try leaving the final score at 23-07 to Marlborough and therefore Marlborough were winners of the Dorset and Wiltshire Colts Plate.