Old Cents maintained ther 100% start to the season with another good display against a well organised St Mary's side who sit at the bottom of the table.
Despite St Mary's league position they are a good side who have now played all the top teams away from home and should look to improve on their current league placing.
St Mary's were well in the match up to the hour mark but the home side moved up another gear and made sure of another victory.This latest win came at a price with influential Centre Dave Knight having a serious shoulder injury,Stephen Brown having a knee injury and Michael Mumford pulling up before the match with a hamstring injury.Also Ross Stevens did some damage to an operation scar.With Lewis May and Josh Pettifer also sidelined with hamstring injuries Cents will be short of Three Quarter cover for the next 1/2 weeks.
Old Cents latest victory was again built on a very impressive performance by their pack who dominated the set pieces and the loose tackle area.The pack had St Marys under pressurec all the time in the scrum something the home side never used to do against their visitors.
Also the tackling all over the park was again to the fore and this stopped the lively Bristol side from maintaing any sustained pressure on the home side.
Old Cents opened the scoring after 15 mins when Craig Anderson converted a penalty following a late tackle on Steve Brown who had made a searing break from the base of a scrum 40 metres out.The unlucky Brown was taken out and sustained a match ending injury to his knee.Steve has been unlucky since joining from Old Boys and he has only played a short while at scrumhalf since joining Cents.However, his time at scrumhalf has shown he has quality and will be a big asset to the club.
Old Cents scored again after 24 mins when Rob Pinkney finished off a well worked back line movement from a 5 metre scrum and the try went unconverted.Score 8-0 to Old Cents who were well on top despite the determined efforts of a well organised St Mary's side.St Mary's were next to score after 30 mins when they scored an interception try from 30 metres out.If the pass had gone to an Old Cents hand they would have scored but it did'nt and St Mary's were well in the game without doing anything.
Old Cents increased their lead to 11-7 on the stroke of half time when Craig Anderson converted a penalty and the score line did not reflect how much Cents were in control of the match.But credit to St Mary's who had worked hard throughout the half and they were very much in the match at this stage.
Old Cents continued to have the attacking advantage throughout the second half mainly because of their dominant pack and they scored further tries in the second half through Rich Pinkney,Craig Anderson and two from Rob Pinkney who completed a hat-trick of tries.Craig Anderson converted two of the tries and St Mary's scored an unconverted try to complete the scoring.Final score line 35-12 and another bonus point win for the Cents.
This was another fine performance by Cents and showed visiting County President Peter Williams what Cents are capable of.However the victory was at a cost with the injury list as mentioned earlier and it makes the visit to Yatton all the more interesting as Cents do not normally come away from the Bristol's sides ground with much over the years.