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28
JAN

PUDDLETOWN 18 WESTBURY 15

PUDDLETOWN held on to claim only their second victory of the Dorset & Wilts One South campaign.

The Villagers last tasted league success on the opening day but this latest win could prove vital in their bid to beat the drop.

The hosts had the better of the early exchanges at Greenfields with their forwards dominating in the loose, but it was Westbury who, against the run of play, opened the scoring with a well-taken penalty from 30 metres out.

The lead was short-lived however, with Puddletown storming back at their opponents, and after some fine close handling, flanker James Perrett broke through to touch down in the corner.

That remained the pattern for the rest of the half as the Villagers repeatedly forced their opponents back, with Paul Chidley’s powerful runs being the highlight of some excellent work from the home pack.

Inevitably the pressure told and a Dan Udell penalty increased the advantage.

Puddletown continued to turn the screw, and the half ended with prop Jon Wilson pouncing on a fumble by the visitors on their own try-line to ground the ball. Full-back Udell converted the extras.

With a 15-3 half-time lead, and having had such territorial advantage, the home side looked to be in the driving seat but the visitors clearly had other ideas and, straight from the restart, caught their hosts napping, slicing the defence wide open to score a converted try under the posts.

This inspired Westbury to raise their game and it was Puddletown’s turn to face a barrage of sustained pressure, but with centres Mike Ball and the inspirational Tom Foot leading the back line, and making tackle after tackle to prevent the visitors from getting the ball out wide, the home side managed to steady the ship and regain some ground.

A further successful penalty kick from Udell restored the eight-point cushion but Westbury were not finished yet, and the last five minutes of the game saw them camped on the Puddletown goal-line.

The pressure finally told with a pushover try in the corner.

The conversion attempt was unsuccessful and to the relief of the home supporters the referee’s whistle signalled full-time shortly after the restart.

The victory takes the Villagers level on points with ninth-placed Westbury and two clear of basement boys Wimborne Seconds.

A delighted Puddletown captain Martin Spicer said: “At the moment I just want us to celebrate a hard fought victory. I’m not going to nominate a man of the match this week, as there were too many top perfor-mances to chose from.

“But I would just like to say a big thank you to Toby Musgrove not only for playing out of position at scrum-half for us, but also for doing so with his skill and enthusiasm.”

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