MATCH REPORT: Wellington 2nd XV 39, Castle Cary 1st XV 33
A thrilling end-to-end game of rugby saw Castle Cary’s long unbeaten run come to a halt at Wellington.
Cary suffered a setback in the first two minutes, losing centre Ben Snook to a suspected broken wrist, and the next play saw Wellington score in the corner.
This spurred Cary into action, with an assault on the Wellington line resulting in a Phil Wake penalty, which was soon followed by a converted try as Chris Hurd made a break and popped the ball to Dai Edwards, who offloaded for centre Fred Loxton to go over under the posts.
Wellington hit back with another converted try before Hurd again spotted a gap and scored under the posts, although the conversion was somehow missed.
Cary kept up the pressure and it looked promising for the visitors when wing Joey Lester-Hinchliffe attacked from a defensive kick from Wellington, found a gap and outsprinted the defence to go over for another try converted by Wake.
This left the score at 22-12 to the visitors but Wellington scored again to narrow the gap to five points at the break.
Cary started the second half well as Loxton chased and collected a kick to score in the corner but Wellington got the upper hand and two unconverted tries brought the scores level at 27-27.
The visitors won some penalties, one of which was converted by Wake to put Cary back in front, but Wellington hit back with an opportunist try after an attempted drop goal came back off the crossbar.
A further try from the speedy home winger, who got out of four tackles along the way, gave the home side a 39-30 lead with ten minutes remaining.
Cary kicked a penalty to narrow the gap and threw everything at the Wellington line but could not find a way through and had to settle for two losing bonus points.
Despite the defeat, Cary remain top of Tribute Somerset 1 by a single point.
Their final league match of 2013 is on Saturday at home to North Petherton 2nd XV, the only other team to have beaten Cary this season.
The following weekend, Cary host Longlevens in the RFU Junior Vase.