Thurston rounded off an excellent season with an emphatic win against travelling Sawston to claim second place in the league and promotion.
Unlike the score line suggests, Sawston never gave up until the final whistle and brought a physical approach to the match but were unable to penetrate Thurston’s superb defence.
The hosts were slow to start the game allowing for Sawston to take strong hold, being awarded several penalties but only one within the kicker’s range, which hit the upright. This was the alarm call the Rangers needed and kick started them in to life.
Before the match Thurston knew to claim second spot they would need to win by securing a bonus point and did this before half time scoring four converted tries. These came from number 8 Oliver Paxman
(2), centre Marc Lyons and fly half Simon Sinclair, who also added the extras.
The second half carried on much in the same manner, with Thurston playing some sublime running rugby, stretching Sawston’s defence at every opportunity and equated to a further six tries – an additional two for Paxman, one for George Cawston
, one for James Mould
and another for Sinclair whose total points tally came to 24 with a further three conversions.
The final whistle eventually blew much to the relief of Sawston and to the joy of Thurston who will now take the summer months to regroup and plot their attack on Eastern Counties 1.