Winscombe's superb second-half show is too much for Brendan's
A DAZZLING second-half performance eased Winscombe to a comfortable victory over a depleted, yet spirited, St Brendan's side at Coombe Dingle.
The sides were locked at 7-7 at the turnaround, but a change of tactics and personnel seemed to do the trick for the visitors, who dominated the remainder of the contest.
Winscombe head coach Roger Marshall said: "I think the size of our squad made a difference. We were able to bring on fresh legs at half-time and that took its toll on Brendan's.
"We also told the guys to play in the right end of the pitch, and we executed that plan well. We were able to build pressure and we took our chances when they came. There were some good individual performance, but what was more pleasing was the way we gelled as a team."
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The home side also had to contend with the form of visiting flanker Connor Baker, who made a real nuisance of himself at the breakdown, as he repeatedly slowed down Saints ruck ball and won his side plenty of turnovers. The burly back-rower also caught the eye in attack, where his rampaging charges always got him across the gain-line.
The Somerset village side bossed the opening exchanges, but were kept at bay by some resolute defence, especially from centre Ed Boxall, who made some bone-jarring hits, and was at the fulcrum of his side's efforts.
It was the Saints who took the lead, against the run of play, when flanker Tom Collett muscled his way over from close range. Fly-half Caleb McGrath added the extras to make it 7-0 after 13 minutes.
But their lead was shortlived as Winscombe wing Cam Betts crossed for a try on 25 minutes. Fly-half Joe Folks slotted the touchline conversion to level the scores.
The home side started well in the second half, but were hit on the counterattack, with prop Alfie Cunningham eventually powering over out wide for his first of two tries.
Nick Hayden, a second-half replacement for Winscombe, added the extras.
Brendan's refused to lie down, but the 'Mostly Blacks' were now in full flow and continued to dominate the scoreboard with touchdowns from Hayden, Cunningham, Ollie Jarman and Jack Pope.
St Brendan's assistant coach Jon Amos said: "Even though we lost today, I'm very optimistic about the rest of the season.
"We had six-players missing today and that hurt us. But I'm extremely proud of the effort and commitment we showed. We were well beaten in the end, but we never gave up."