Cents finished their mediocre league season by winning the Combination Senior cup in some style at Kingsholm yesterday.In front of a big crowd Cents gave their best display of the season in beating a strong Coney Hill side who many locals thought would win the final.However
built on a strong forward display along with a solid defensive showing Coney Hill were always struggling to contain a Cents side who also had the fire power in attack and were always in control of the match.
Cents line out and set piece along with their loose play was top draw on the day and this enabled Cents to go looking for tries with their speedy backs.Cents backs also contained the dangerous Coney Hill back line with a dominate defensive display and when they attacked Cents were dangerous.Cents victory was well deserved and showed that determination will win over complacency,they worked hard to retain the cup their third win in four seasons.
Cents dominated the first half and led 18-8 although it should have been more as they missed three kickable penalties.Cents scored two tries in the first half through Lewis May and George Bvuma with Shay Morgan converting one along with a penalty.Wayne Mulhern completed the Cents scoring with a converted penalty.
The Second half was not quite so dominate from Cents as they had to defend more and the game was disrupted by a number of injuries to both sides.However, Cents still had enough fire power to build up 26-8 score going into the final minutes when Coney Hill managed to score a consolation try at the end.Cents further scores came from no8 Tim Willcox when the forwards drove Coney Hill over their line from close range and Wayne Mulhern converted a penalty.
All in all in good day for Cents and their supporters who believed in their side when many others were thinking this was Coney Hills cup based on their excellent season plus the thrashing they gave Cents at the beginning of the season in a pre-season trial match.However Cents did not have their full side out at the start of the season plus they gave all their players a run out as well and did not play their strongest side at all in the trial.
Lifting the cup for the third time in four years shows how far Cents have come from being an average local side to perhaps the top dogs for the time being.It shows that other local sides can achieve success outside the big two who have dominated the local scene for many a year.Cents have also lifted the Whistler trophy for the first time ever recently at the Gloucester Referees Society dinner.The trophy is given to the best side in the North of the county who have looked after match officials who have marked each club according to how they have been looked after.
Cents now look forward, after a rest ,to next season where they will look to recruit new players to their squad in order to mount a serious league challenge.