‘Delighted’, was the one word coach Pete Kennedy used to sum up Wells victory over last season’s Tribute Somerset Premier Champions, Winscombe. He went onto say that it is always good to get a win away from home, but a five pointer is a bonus!
It is nearly six years since Wells and Winscombe last met in a league encounter and a number of the current Wells team were playing then. However there was also a large crop of newcomers including debutant teenager flanker James Reed. His introduction to senior rugby was to say the least eventful, a first half Yellow Card, rather harsh thought some and a fantastic pick up and thirty metre sprint to the line for a try in the second period.
Wells who had not played any pre-season friendlies were however quick out of the blocks, two tries by Callum Stonier who had on both occasions brushed aside the mid-field defence. Aaron Cook who has recently become a father for the first time added the conversions meaning Wells were fourteen points up within ten minutes.
Winscombe were next on the scoreboard with virtually their first visit to the Wells 22. A penalty got them on their way. It was now that James Reed suffered is Yellow Card, but the Wells forwards gave a lesson in protecting the ball. Pick and go, pick and go. So dominant were they that they added a third try. Dave Wheatley raced down the left wing and managed to get the ball to hooker Al Knight for his first try of the afternoon, The home team did hit back just before half time with their first ever try in the Tribute Western Counties League, North leaving the interval score nineteen points to eight in favour of Wells.
Winscombe looked a better side early in the second half. They had adjusted their defence to stop Callum Stonier by always having two men to mark him and were also aided by Wells conceding numerous penalties. Two of these were converted, but Al Knight got his second touchdown and the bonus point try, this time Harry Speed adding the two points.
An over enthusiastic Shane Ingram saw Yellow with twenty minutes left on the clock, but again Wells upped their game to dominate and it was James Reed’s try which wiped away any lingering doubts about the victory. This time Aaron added the extras. With just minutes left on the clock Wells got their sixth try, some good passing had put Dave Wheatley away. Caught short of the line, there was a scramble, Dave regained the ball to touch down in the corner leaving Wells comfortable winners by thirty eight points to fourteen.
Early days, but a satisfactory win on the road for Wells. There are now twenty four games to be played before these two sides meet again in in the last match of the season in April. A lot can and will happen in between.
This weekend Wells are home to Chew Valley whilst the Second team are away at Somerton. The Third team will be bursting into action against their counterparts at Midsomer Norton. All games kick off at 3pm.
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