New boys Wimborne Rugby League took their Dorset Dragons under 12's team to Southampton yesterday for a first ever fixture and came away with an historic first ever victory.
The Dragons took on a combined Southampton side comprising of Coxford Tigers and Southampton Spitfires players on a temporary pitch at St James Park and pulled off a narrow 13-8 win, despite a late comback from the home side.
Playing 10-a-side with a simplified scoring system of 2 points for a try and 1 point for a conversion or penalty the game was contested in superb conditions and served as a warm up game for Wimborne, before their team's debut in the league later this month.
The Dragons took an early lead when Samson Bailey crossed following a Southampton knock-on but the extras fell wide.
Shortly after Harry Sims added a second try for the visitors after some good work from dummy half. The effort was improved by Harry Pengelly's conversion for a 5-0 lead.
After a planned coaching/water break the Dragons extended their lead to 7-0 when Harry Sims reached out close to the line and planted the ball down for an excellent individual effort. The conversion attempt was off target but the visitors were well in control at this stage.
Struggling to get out of their own half Southampton needed a piece of individual brilliance to change their luck and Mike Robertson came up with the goods. A stray Wimborne pass was intercepted and Robertson sprinted untouched to the line. The extra point was missed but Southampton were up an running.
HALF TIME: Southampton 2 - Dorset Dragons 7
A much closer and less scrappy second half saw both sides add two further tries. Firstly Josepeh Nablantoglu found space for a converted try before Southampton replied through captain Tom Brokenshire, again converted.
By the second planned coaching/water break Dorset held a 10-5 lead.
Southampton cross for a second half try
Toby Hillier showed great pace to out run Southampton's defence and extend the lead to 13-5 including the successful conversion.
Great defence deep in the opposition's half saw Southampton force a goal line drop out in the final minute, from which Oscar Giles capitalised for a try by the posts. The conversion was the last kick of the game and ended the scoring at 8-13.
Full Time: Southampton 8 - Dorset Dragons 13
Dorset Dragons on the attack
Overall it was a fairly srappy game, especially in the first half but this was to be expected given the two side's differing stages of development. The signs are good for both teams with plenty of positives to take away and also plenty of things to work on before the next HYRL fixture festival on Sunday 20th July.
PHOTOS from Wimborne RL's first rugby league adventure can be found by clicking the link below but please note, you will need to join the website as an Under 12s Parent (and be approved by our CWO) for the Hampshire Youth RL before access to the photos is allowed. PHOTO LINK