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RUGBY: East Dorset 18 Warminster 23
4:15pm Wednesday 18th September 2013 in Sport
JOHN McCredie tasted victory in his first outing as Warminster skipper as the amaber and blues edged out newly-promoted East Dorset.
The home side made early inroads early on and a try and penalty gave them an 8-0 advantage.
Warminster eventually got themselves into the game, centre Louis Frank test the Dorset defence, which went down to 14 men because of a yellow card after Alex Payne sustained a cut to his ear from a stray boot.
Jason Sprangle booted Warminster’s first points from the penalty before prop Steve Rowbotham was denied a try when the referee adjudged that he’d dropped the ball over the line.
A sin-binning for Dave Coleman allowed Dorset to increase their lead with a penalty but Warminster scored a breakaway try when fly-half Gavin Pratt sprinted clear after a mix-up in midfield and Sprangle converted.
Warminster again started teh second half slowly and Dorset took advantage to score their second try and conversion for an 18-10 lead.
The visitors again forced their way back into it, Sprangle landing two penalties to cut the deficit.
With just two minutes left and East Dorset in possession trying to wind the clock down, Warminster forced a turnover and were awarded a penalty.
Sprangle had the presence of mind to spot space on the right-hand side and took a quick tap to pass to Pratt.
The fly-half dummied past defenders and then sent wing Craig Buckton in from 30 metres, Sprangle adding a super conversion from wide out.
Dorset battered away at the Warminster line in the final seconds, but the visitors held out.
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