Match Report v Sailsbury
Pats make it 3 from 3
Old Patesians - 27
Salisbury - 26
Pats continued their winning ways with a defiant second half defensive effort at “Fortress Patesians“ making it three out of three wins in South West 1 East.
The visitors controlled early possession and quickly took the lead with two well struck penalties from Matt Loader as Pats rush defence was judged offside. Pats replied with two unconverted tries with speedster Jimmy Gahan wrong footing the defence to cruise over in the corner followed by a typical Darren Moore try, ever alert he darted over following a solid Pats scrum on the Salisbury line.
Some terrific exit work from the siege gun boot of Matt Dean kept the visitors at bay as Pats sought to play the game in the Salisbury 22. Moore slotted over a penalty after Pats pack exerted authority in the tight but missed another attempt from wider out as the home side mounted pressure. Moore rounded off a superb first half performance with his brace following a bulldozing maul up the middle, Rory Sharratt added the extras.
Loader added a penalty goal and Pats faced the second half with an eleven point’s margin but wondering if they would rue the missed kicking opportunities. Seven minutes into the second half Pats produced an outstanding try, dominating a maul on half way they first went left then switched the play with Moore and Dean linking well and when Duncan Spurrier combined with his winger partner Gahan in midfield and with electric pace the Welshman looked certain to score but it was Scott Alldritt who powered over for a remarkable try converted by Sharratt.
Pats drift defence held firm and with thumping tackles from Alldritt, Captain George Angell and Josh Stevens and outstanding work on the ground from Tom Langton, Pats defended their lead with pride and passion. But with fifteen minutes to go the men in green and white showed their class with an unconverted try out wide from Dan Hammond followed by another from close range converted by Loader and it was game on.
As full time approached Hammond forced his way over in the corner again and when Loader’s conversion attempt was pulled wide, the Everest Road faithful breathed a sigh of relief. In the dying minutes Pats controlled possession and wound down the clock and closed out another gutsy, hard fought victory.