WIMBORNE fought back to earn two points on their first visit to Old Centralians – but were condemned to a 28-22 defeat.

The Wimborne defence was breached early on and matters continued in that vein as the hosts added two further tries.

Steve King and Ben Davies were forced off – the former only temporarily – and a fourth try stretched to 28-0 the lead.

Wimborne upped their game after the restart and Tom Moysey started the fightback when he weaved through the defence and scored under the posts. Ryan Maidment added the conversion.

A further attack saw the ball shifted to the right wing, where Ashton Kerley took the final pass to touch down in the corner.

Second-row Dec Foley then outstripped the defence en route to a third try and in the closing stages, Wimborne drove over with Foley coming up with the ball.

Team manager Dan Draper said: “We didn’t get going quickly enough which cost us in the end.

"There was a real sense of disappointment as we felt a win was within our grasp. But credit to the players for earning two valuable bonus points.”

Wimborne: Roberts, Ashton Kerley, Hamer, Mitchell, Stainer, Moysey, Maidment, King, Carter, Cotton, Foley, Degeura, Pride, R Brokenshire, Davies. Replacements: Bartlett, Corbin, Murphy.