RUGBY: Warminster 15 Westbury 16
3:00pm Tuesday 24th September 2013 in Sport
WESTBURY made it two wins out of two and ended the unbeaten start of their local rivals in the west Wiltshire derby at Folly Lane on Saturday.
The visitors made six changes from the side that beaten Salisbury 2nd on the opening weekend and enjoyed prominence in the set piece.
But it was Warminster who grabbed the lead when flanker Dean Priestman went over in the corner for an unconverted try.
A second Warminster try followed, as tighthead prop Steve Rowbotham crossed after good work from centre Rob Bell and winger Craig Buckton, but Jason Sprangle’s conversion again hit the woodwork.
Westbury were unable to break through, despite strong running in the loose from James Wild, Nick Bourne and Nigel Kershaw.
But inspired by some strong forwards work, Bourne’s kicking pinned back the amber and blues and he landed a drop goal and then a penalty to cut the deficit.
But Westbury were stung again as fly-half Gavin Pratt broke in the opposite direction to the Westbury defence and, with a clear overlap, he passed to Buckton who had an easy run in.
Again Bourne’s kicking brought his side back into it, finding the positions from which skipper Jack Bates was powered over the line by front row colleague Daniel Haines, with Bourne adding the extras.
Replacement Nathan Hymas also went close, but with 10 minutes to go, Bourne booted a penalty to take his try in front for the first time and despite late Warminster pressure, they hung on.
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