Old Cents bounced back from last weeks heavy defeat at Yatton with a record score against Stroud.
The match was supposed to have been played at Stade de Bridge but was transfered to Stroud because there was a gas leak at the home sides club which could not be found,so the hosts were without shower and meal making facilities.
Thanks to Stroud for agreeing to play the match at Fromell park at short notice.
Everything that went wrong last week against Yatton,went well this week and Stroud had no answer to the Youth and pace of the Old Cents side.Cents were dominant in all phases of the match and with the dry and sunny conditions the away side ran Stroud ragged all afternoon.
Old Cents scrum was outstanding this week and had Stroud under pressure for the most of the match.Also Cents were dominant in the lineout and much quicker to the break down and with a steady stream of ball the Old Cents backs had a field day against their opposite numbers.
By 25 mins Old cents had built up an 8-0 lead through an unconverted try by Mark Fritchley and a penalty by Craig Anderson.On 35 mins Craig kicked a further penalty and 2 mins later prop Scott Fritchley powered over after a move that spanned the length of the field.The try was converted by Craig Anderson from in front of the posts and Cents now led 18-0.
Young centre Liam Hemming was next to score just before half time when he was on the end of a well worked move from a scrum close to the Stroud line.Craig converted the try and the score at half time was 25-0 to Old Cents.
Cents were well in control at half time and the game was theirs to be lost if they did not keep up their guard.Stroud recovered from a big deficit last week against North Bristol so they knew they had to keep a strong control of the match.
Old Cents went on the attack straight from the start of the second half and it was not long before they scored again.Capt Pete Willetts scored after a searing break by Dale West opened up the Stroud defence.The try was converted by Criag Anderson and the score was now 32-0 to Old Cents.Old Cents Capt Willetts scored again not long after when he was on the end of another move which had torn open the Stroud defence and this try was not converted,score 37-0 to the Cents.Hooker Nathan Stroud was next to score when he rounded off another flowing attack started well in the Cents half.Craig converted well from wide out and the score had now increased to 44-0.
To their credit Stroud kept on trying and their efforts were well rewarded when they scored a good try of their own which was converted for a score line of 44-7 to the away side.
To be fair to Stroud they were undone by the swift counter attacking style of the young Cents style and they had no answer to the well organised away sides defence which was lacking from last weeks play.
Winger Joe Preece scored Old Cents last try of the match when he scored from a move started from a scrum on the half way line.Joe had hardly touched the ball all afternoon but he put in some tremendous tackles throughout the match.Craig Converted the try well from wide out and Old Cents had breached the 50 point mark.
Old Cents man of the match was Capt Pete Willetts closely followed by Dan Lane and Mark Fritchley.Cents now look forward to next weeks match at Thornbury another ground were we have struggled at over the recent years.Old Cents regained the leadership of the league with this latest win on points difference and Thornbury lie third a point behind,so there is everything to play for next week in another top of the table clach.