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North Dorset RFC coach hoping to tighten up defence after Wimborne defeat

By DavidBol  |  Posted: March 24, 2014

North Dorset Rugby Club's Christopher Burt on the receiving end of a strong tackle from Wimborne RFC's Ollie Hamer. Photo by Bob Bradford.

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North Dorset RFC coach Steve Ashfield praised fly half Sam Baker after stepping up to the first team and holding his own.

Ashfield also admitted the Gillingham side made too many mistakes, and was disappointed his team couldn’t take anything from the Southern Counties South clash.

“I thought there were long periods where we kept ourselves in the game and I thought we enjoyed some good passages of play” he said.

“We gave them too much time on the ball and we should have pressed more in defence. Our defence is still not quite where I want it to be and that was the difference.”

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North Dorset suffered an injury blow ahead of the game at Leigh Park, giving Baker a chance to earn some vital experience in Southern Counties South.

The number ten capped his performance with five points, including an impressive conversion from the touchline.

“Sam came in and I though he did a really good job” added Ashfield. “He’s been playing full back for the second team this season, so it’s fantastic that he has come in and done a brilliant job for us.

“I have to pay full credit to him as it’s quite a big game to step in at that position.”

Two tries from Tom Hooper and Adam Trevis showed the power of North Dorset’s pack, but Wimborne would have sealed a comfortable victory, had their dangerous line-breaks gone to plan.

Although Wimborne dominated large periods of the game, North Dorset kept themselves in the contest with a powerful scrum and by frustrating Wimborne by holding up possession at the breakdown.

Ashfield explained: “We’re very powerful in that area, but what we have to do is get our forwards more mobile around the pitch as well.

“The boys were disappointed with their performance last week. We talked about it and addressed it against Wimborne, so I’m certainly very proud they put in a much better performance against a tough side.”

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