NORTH Dorset RFC coach Steve Ashfield paid credit to his side’s work rate after the Slaughtergate outfit pulled off a hard-fought win over Wimborne Rugby Club.
Clive Tuffin’s try secured 16-12 win for the hosts – despite the Minstermen spending the majority of the second half camped in the North Dorset half.
“Wimborne were good and strong up front and we had identified that we needed to be good with our counter rucking” explained Ashfield.
“We put a lot of bodies in there and worked hard at that. Penalty counts didn’t help us in the first half. We sorted it out in the second half, got the penalty count down and that’s what really got us back in the game.”
Wimborne have now lost their last three games in Southern Counties South, all by less than five points – while North Dorset have gone from strength to strength, picking up four wins in their last five games.
“We did have some sort of game plan but I don’t think we had the sort of clean ball we wanted to get that plan going” added Ashfield.
“I think the lads stuck to the task and worked hard to get something going and all credit to them for keeping at it. They really did work hard to grind out a win.”
Both sides were under-strength with injuries taking their toll. North Dorset have struggled with several backs leaving over the summer – but are now beginning to gel as a unit.
“This is a good stepping stone to push us on really” continued Ashfield. “We still have a lot of work to do with a very young side.
“I think there’s plenty of scope to improve and push on again. These wins and milestones help to build their confidence really. As a young side we need to take these bigger scalps to improve really.
“We’ve had a lot of injuries and we’ve got our back line together now and we’ve been faithful to them, and built a team around those that train regularly and are available regularly and I think we’re starting to cement a team rather than a group of individuals.”
Take a look at our photo gallery of North Dorset RFC’s victory over Wimborne RFC in Southern Counties South.