Sat 08
1st XV
R Pinkney (2), L Hemming
L Hemming (2)
Cents complete league double over neighbours

Cents complete league double over neighbours

By Stan Fritchley
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Old Cents did the double over local neighbours Matson after hard fought encounter.

Old Cents completed their second double of the season when they beat local neighbours Matson at home on saturday.This victory followed on from Cents first double of the season against Bristol Harlequins in their last home game before christmas.
Matson came down quietly confident they were going to turn the home side over after their big defeat to Cents earlier in the season.Matson started off the stronger of the sides but were met by an Old Cents side who were determined not to loose and the home sides defence stood up well to the away sides attacks.
Matson had more of the possesion in the first half but could not break down the home sides defence and they began to loose their way idea wise on how to breakthrough.
The score at half time was 0-0 and was a reflection of how the game had gone up till this point.Matson's attack was dominated by another sound defencesive display by Old Cents.
The second half was very much different from the first because Old Cents opened up in attack with their pack dominating all aspects of play apart from the lineout where honours were even.Old Cents also were now playing downhill.
Old Cents had missed a couple of try scoring chances before they turned the game on its head with a two try scoring burst within a couple of minutes.Firstly Rob Pinkney crashed over following a good three quarter move after a period of pressure applied by the Cents forwards.This try was converted Liam Hemming and almost immediately Liam scored a try of his own when Cents ran the ball at Matson straight from the kick off.The try was started well by the forwards who set up Rich Pinkney in space who then set Liam away for a classic counter attacking try.Liam converted his try and Old Cents led 14-0.
Old Cents should have scored at least another try before Matson scored late on,but were thwarted by bad options and good last ditch defence by Matson.Matson scored an unconverted try near the end which was disputed by the home side because they more than thought the ball had been grounded over the dead ball line.
However it did not matter because not long after in the final minute Rob Pinkney scored his second try of the match in the corner after a good breakout from defence by the home side.
Old Cents were more than happy with the result and were delighted to complete another league double over their neighbours.The win was built by another solid forward display by the Cents forwards plus another outstanding defensive display by the team.
The Old Cents man the match award decided by Old Cents vice presidents was shared by the half backs Rich Pinkney playing at flyhalf and Alex Mathers scrumhalf

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Match date

Sat 08, Jan 2011




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Rich Pinkney

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Rich Pinkney