Cents maintained their current three match winning streak with a hard fought victory over local rivals Old Pats.Cents claimed the local bragging rights but were made to work hard for their latest victory.Old Pats are fighting to avoid relegation and as would be expected they showed the passion and fight needed to avoid the drop.They showed plenty of creativity and were hard working in defence,however for all their endeavour they did not have the cutting edge in attack that Old Cents had plus the home sides defence was outstanding again in the red zone.
With Oxford Harlequins losing heavily yesterday, I think Old Pats cause to avoid relegation was helped and we at Old Cents wish them well for the rest of the season.
For Cents this was bonus point victory,a rare event this season and the lack of bonus points has meant that the home side are not higher in the table.However going into the last five matches we are well placed to mount a challenge for a top five finish a stark contrast from last season when we were fighting for relegation.
Old Pats started brightly and were the first to put points on the board when they converted a penalty to lead 0-3.However this lead was short lived when Cents scored a converted try through Alex Mathers who was playing at hooker because Nathan Stroud was unavailable because of a concussion incurred from last weeks match at Barnstaple.The try came about from a driving maul close to the Old Pats line following a lineout and the try was converted by Liam Hemming.Pats were next to score when they neatly finished off a period of pressure on the home sides try line and the score went unconverted for a score line of 7-8 to Pats.Cents then scored 13 points to lead at half time 20-8 and the points came about from two penalties converted by Liam Hemming and a converted try also converted by Liam Hemming.The try was scored by Sam Smith who completed well after a fine break by Ollie Locke playing his first game back from a long time off injured.
The half time score line reflected Cents being on top but there was periods of play when Old Pats certainly took the match to the home side who had to be on their guard.
Cents more or less killed the match off when they scored a converted try just after half time through capt.Liam Hemming playing at Outside centre.The try was one of his trade mark tries when he saw a slight gap in the Pats defence and powered through to finish off and he also converted the try for a score line of 27-8 to the home side.
Cents then conceded another try scored by Pats after a good passage of play and this showed that the away side were not giving up and they had spells when they put the home side on the back foot and Cents defence stood strong.
Cents were next to score when Ollie Locke converted a penalty and right at the death they secured their bonus point with an unconverted try through Rob Jones .
Final score line 35-13 to Old Cents and a job well done against spirited opponents fighting to avoid the drop and Cents now turn their attention to next weeks visitors Bournemouth who Cents lost to earlier in the season.CEnts will want to avenge this defeat and maintain their push for a top five finish.