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In Dorset & Wilts Division 2 South just three points separated these two sides at the start of play, a fact that simply added extra spice to what was already an eagerly anticipated local derby, and the game certainly didn’t disappoint. In an evenly matched contest, packed full of spirit and endeavour, both teams had their chances but in the end it was the third-placed Villagers’ superior pace and width in attack that saw them triumph and open up a seven point advantage over their hosts.

Puddletown were first to settle, immediately forging their way up-field, and when the ball went loose from a five-metre lineout flanker Matt Watts was quickest to react, driving through the cover to score his third try in as many games. Skipper Tom Yeatman missed the conversion attempt from out wide but this early score signalled a period of sustained pressure from the visitors.

Weymouth however resisted well and using their big forwards to good effect soon got back into the game, testing the Villagers’ defensive qualities. They too were equal to the task though and having dealt with this onslaught effectively, once again started to regain the ascendancy. With half-time rapidly approaching a second score came with prop Jez Michael-Beale’s fine run from half-way breaking several tackles and creating the space for centre Josh Hiscock to finish off the move under the posts. Yeatman’s kick was charged down this time but a 10-0 lead at the break will nevertheless have pleased the visitors.

Not surprisingly the intensity of the the game increased further in the second half as Weymouth searched for a way through the Puddletown defence, but it wasn’t all one way traffic and the visitors too looked dangerous as they attacked with pace, although with a number of passes going astray in the final phases there was always a danger that frustration would creep in as the game wore on.

But with just five minutes left it all came good in one flowing move with Yeatman’s clever dummy run allowing fly-half Barry Dovell to pick out Hiscock instead, and he split the defence with a twenty metre dash before releasing full-back Marcus House to round the last man and cross the whitewash. The conversion attempt again missed its mark but it mattered little, the Villagers had done enough to claim a hard fought victory and of course regain the local bragging rights - at least for the rest of this season.

After the match a delighted Toby Musgrove said “ Local derbies are always special games to win but this one had the added bonus of cementing us in a firm third place in the league, now with a decent points lead over Weymouth and the others."

“The manner of our performance today was pleasing too. We played a very aggressive game plan and everyone worked to move quick ball fast. Weymouth applied a huge amount pressure throughout but our defence held firm and frequently turned over possession in our favour“.

“The team was awesome throughout so its not easy to single anyone out - except to say that Tom truly led from the front. The tight five produced a massive performance, the back row dominated, feeding well off the 9 / 10 high tackle rate, while in midfield we very strong, and the back three defended and attacked with equal vigour.

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