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Your News North Dorset 2XV 12 - Dorchester 12

DORCHESTER were fortunate to escape with a point after wasting several try-scoring opportunities in a hard-fought clash with North Dorset at Slaughtergate.

The county town side started well by applying some early pressure and it was not long before a simple blind side move saw Tom Caines touch down in the right- hand corner but James Rossiter was unable to convert from the touchline.

However, any thoughts that the visitors were in for an easy win were soon dispelled as the hosts rose to the challenge. Dorchester looked dangerous but North Dorset tackled relentlessly and never gave an inch.

The away side were also guilty of trying to attack from too deep and one such occasion saw the ball spilled to North Dorset's scrum half, who picked up and sprinted 30 metres to the line.

On a day when the home side missed a number of simple goal kicks, the conversion was made from a tricky angle.

Dorchester had the benefit of the breeze in the second half but again seemed reluctant to make full use of it. Finally, as the game moved into the fourth quarter, they began to advance into the North Dorset half and following several near misses Jack Elliott sliced through the middle for his second try in two games.

Rossiter converted and Dorchester had a five-point lead, however, over eagerness led to more chances to close the game out to go begging, handing North Dorset the opportunity to snatch it at the death.

A superb try-saving tackle by Rich Bament on the hosts' flying winger gave hope that the lead might be protected but a quick penalty caught the away side's defence on the hop allowing North Dorset's centre to score on the left.

Fortunately for Dorchester, the hosts' kicking woes continued and the conversion was missed.

There were some positives from the game, particularly the scrummage, but Dorchester will need to improve their decision-making and try and impose more structure to their game.

Dorchester: Hodgson, Chalker, Cottell (Borries 60), Hodges, Broadbent (King 70), T Gower, Newsam, O'Connell, D Gower, Rossiter, Caines (Harvey 60), Elliott, Read, Weller, Bament.

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