1st XV - Match centre

Ashley Down Old Boys
Gloucester Old Boys
Full time
A Fearn
B Hopkins (2)
B Hopkins
Sat 29 Oct 15:00 - South West Division - Gloucester 1

Character is man of the game

An Old Boys team desimated with injuries and absenties Start strong and finish strong but had a lapse that allowed their opponents back into the game.


Mid Table and with everything to play for Old Boys knew that an away win was key this week, against a side that are renowned for being tough up front. 7 Changes from the week before due to injuries and other commitments gave an interesting look to the team especially as only 2 names were in the same position for the backs, but spirits remained high.
Kick off was delayed for 15minutes due to the ref not being on time, both teams were edging to start. And it was Old Boys who came out of the blocks firing on all cylinders. Quick ball from a lineout and a well cut backs play moved Old Boys into Ashley Downs 22, only resilient defending stopped the score from changing but with renowned persistence Captain Andy Fearn lead the way smashing over from short distance. Converted by Brian Hopkins.
Effort was high, Old Boys were shoving a much larger pack around the field and it came to the backs again to pull another slick play and allow Winger Dave Lacey an easy time running over. Converted

Ashley Down soon turned on and showed their strength witgh catch and driving each lineout ball, and it took every effort to ensure it remained a shutout. Old Boys backs were unlucky not to add to the score just before half time when Jamie Fairs found space and was eventually stopped just shy of the line.

14-0 Half time.

The 2nd half provided a problem with Old Boys now against the slope and the elements, for which Ashley Down took full advantage, scoring 2 tries in quick succession. Although leading by 2 Old Boys had a nightmare 20minutes and imploded, every ball being dropped, penalties thrown away and no forward movements eventually lead to Ashley crashing over for their 3rd. Dave Lacey unfortunately at the bottom of the pile whilst trying to defend the try was knocked unconscious causing a reshuffle to the backs. Many games and recent years before Old Boys have never recovered from these situations but Character and guts brought a renewed fire. 3 points down Glos turned up the heat rumbling forward, and camping down in Downs 22 for long periods of time. Eventual persistence resulted in a penalty, duly slotted by Hopkins.

With the scores level, the final 10 minutes brought a new lease from both teams. Old Boys had phase after phase going forward, with Downs on the back foot defending well. With the rain causing hard conditions Old Boys threw caution to the wind and went all out attack. Camping in Downs 22 the score was imminent. But good defending and a lack of time proved the final step short for Glos as the final whistle went we finished 5 yards short whilst in possession.

Overall 2 points from a match that we self destructed in could be seen as a positive, 3 points thrown away could be a negative but the attitude and Character shown is what we will take from this. Having such a different team and injuries to key players showed that we are starting to develop strength in depth of the squad.
Strong performances must be mentioned for all especially Steve Brown at 9 who organised us well, 3 Ryan McGurk who was a stone all day, 4 Oliver Padfield who stepped up from his 2nds to help us, and numerous others. Dave Lacey take time to recover as you are staking your spot in the firsts
So in all well done lads keep the effort high, training turn outs must maintain high and the team attitude is in the areas we want it. Next week a match will be on the cards with a big bonfire/Halloween event at the club after to build the spirits of the club.


Key moments

Try Andy Fearn scores for Gloucester Old Boys
Conversion Bram Hopkins kicks a conversion for Gloucester Old Boys
Conversion Bram Hopkins kicks a conversion for Gloucester Old Boys
Penalty Bram Hopkins kicks a penalty for Gloucester Old Boys


View 0 new events
There are no events recorded for this fixture yet.
Replay game

As it happened

  • Ashley Down Old Boys
  • Gloucester Old Boys
  • 0
  • Andy Fearn Try 10:00'
  • Bram Hopkins Conversion 10:00'
  • Bram Hopkins Conversion 20:00'
  • Callum Small Sub On 70:00'
  • Andie Rumming Sub Off 70:00'
  • Bram Hopkins Penalty 72:00'

Team selection

Only authorised club members can view team selection.


League round up

Other Gloucester 1 results

Ross On Wye
Spartans (Gloucester)


Loading comments

League table

# Team Pd Pts
1. Painswick 22 74
2. Dursley 22 72
3. Newent 22 71
4. Brockworth 22 71
5. Hucclecote 22 64
6. Cheltenham Saracens 22 57
7. Gloucester Old Boys 22 51
8. Kingswood 22 46


Club sponsors