WIMBORNE’S blushes were spared by five second-half tries at bottom club Ivel Barbarians as the Minstermen eventually rallied to a 38-14 victory on Saturday.
The visitors shipped two early tries in the Southern Counties South clash but grabbed a vital lifeline just before the break when Tom Napier’s long run was finished off by Ollie Hamer’s burst for the line.
And with the wind at their backs, Jimmy Brokenshire (2), pictured, Sean Murphy, Declan Foley and Nick Bolton all ran in tries after the interval.
Elsewhere, on-song Swanage & Wareham continued to close the gap on the league’s frontrunners with a 24-14 win at second-placed Trowbridge.
Ever-present prop-forward John Sheldrake touched down with his first try of the season on 28 minutes following a slick catch-and-drive move in front of the five-metre line.
Trowbridge made a flying start to the second period and soon marched into a 14-11 lead.
However, Swans decided to utilise their forwards while playing against the wind and their tactics soon paid dividends when wing-forward Will Corsie claimed a try on 67 minutes.
Phil Graves struck the final points of the afternoon with his fourth penalty to complete Swans’ fourth consecutive victory and secure fifth place in the table.