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RUGBY: Warminster 28 Blandford 38
11:00am Wednesday 19th September 2012 in Sport News
WARMINSTER are still searching for their first win of the season after a nightmare final 20 minutes cost them victory at Folly Lane.
A mobile home pack caused Blandford, relegated from Southern Counties level last season, problems early on, but it was the visitors who took the lead with a penalty.
Warminster increased the pressure and were rewarded with a well-worked try when centre Rob Bell sent in number eight and captain Dave Coleman, Jason Sprangle’s conversion just missing.
The home back row of Carl Hall, James Rowbotham and Coleman were causing Blandford real problems in the loose and Sprangle rewarded their efforts with a penalty.
Blandford responded with a three-pointer of their own but, when their fly-half was sin-binned, the home side took advantage and full-back Sam Couch burst through to go under the posts, Sprangle converting.
A lapse in concentration though allowed the visitors to narrow the gap to 15-11 at half time.
Blandford’s scrum was getting more dominant but Warminster still held sway in the loose and when fly-half Rob Johnson kicked towards the posts, Carl Hall pounced for a try, converted by Sprangle.
However, Johnson’s sin-binning started the home collapse, Blandford scoring four times in the final stages to snatch victory.
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