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RUGBY: Win to match the occasion
12:30pm Friday 27th September 2013 in Sport
TROWBRIDGE head coach Steve Ojomoh hopes his squad can live up to their stunning new home after starting life at Doric Field with victory on Saturday.
Playing their first match at the new multi-million pound facility at Hilperton, Ojomoh’s men turned on the power in the opening 40 minutes before wrapping up a bonus-point success to christen the new ground in style.
Wing James McFarlane scored a brace of tries after full-back Ashley Chalk had claimed the honour of scoring the first senior try on the new home turf, prop Sean Jones also touching down.
Former Bath and England man Ojomoh said: “To a man, all the guys at the club have done an incredible job to get the new ground ready and each time I walk in there it really does take your breath away.
“I’ve been in a lot of rugby clubs over the years and I’d like someone to show me anything that is better than that at our level of rugby.
“All we want now is to have a rugby team that does it justice now.’’ Ojomoh rated his side’s display as a “seven out of 10’’ as his side all but clinched the victory in the first half before being forced into defensive mode in front of a large crowd after the break.
He said: “It can’t have been easy for the players, with it being the first match at the new ground – there was a bit of pressure there that I probably didn’t factor in.
“The emotion at the end was probably relief more than anything.’’
Fly-half Lloyd Davis missed an early penalty shot, but the first senior try at the new ground arrived just five minutes in as centre Adam Sullivan and Davis drove forward and the inevitable overlap allowed full-back Chalk to touch down.
The second try arrived when number eight Shane Johnstone charged off the back of a scrum and Davis’ long miss-pass found wing James McFarlane, who skipped inside three defenders to go over.
Shortly before the break, Dorset lost possession and Chalk counter-attacked, sending McFarlane in for his second in acres of space.
The away side started the second half strongly, but Trowbridge’s defence stood up well, not withstanding Sullivan being inexplicably sent to the sin-bin after his side had been awarded a penalty.
McFarlane was denied his hat-trick as centre Joe Knight’s scoring pass to him was deemed forward but eventually, the defence cracked and Jones ploughed over from close range, Davis’ replacement Tom Weaver adding the extras.
The home side’s momentum slowed after that, not helped by the sin-binning of lock Adam Chadwick, but North Dorset’s late converted try was merely a consolation.
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