Old Centralians won their 7th game in 8 matches today with an oustanding performance against a 'never say die' Barton Hill side who came back in the last 10 minutes to give Cents a scare.
Cents drove down to Bristol with little time to prepare for a match they wanted to win after losing at home early in the season 22-20.
Cents started the match going up hill and against a strong wind and played some good rugby keeping much of the possesion throughout the first half and defending very well.
Barton Hill did venture into Cents 22m area only a couple of times but could only come away with 2 penalty's from infront of the posts.
Cents pulled back 3pts from a Liam Hemming penalty kick and then Rich Pinkney broke down the wing to put Mike Mumford in for a try right in the corner who showed good strength to crash over.
Barton Hill had one last chance right on the stroke of halftime to gain the lead with a 5m scrum but knocked the ball on over the line.
With an 8-6 lead at half time and the wind and slope in there favour Cents looked as though they were well in control but Barton Hill had the better start with plenty of driving runs from the forwards but Cents swollowed up the pressure and forced Hill to make small errors.
Pinkney and Hemming took turns on kicking down field for territory and from a 15m scrum no8 Pete Willets picked and ran wide to put winger Joe Preece in for a try. Liam Hemming kicked a fine conversion from the touchline.
On the 60 minute mark Rich Pinkney and Hemming linked up again and the adventurous no.10 put Hemming into a gap who had one man to beat and next came the most delightful sidestep that put Hemming under the post which he converted hiself.
A few minutes later it was Hemming again who intercepted a pass from Barton Hill who were on the attack just inside their half and ran in under the post and again converted his own try giving him a total of 19pts for the day.
With a 29 - 6 Lead and 10 minutes remaing on the clock Cents brought on all their subs and then sat back and relaxed thinking the game was won but Hill thought differently and suddenly came on the attack again and again and never gave up and scored 3 good tries but converted only one.
It was a well deserved bonus point for the homeside who could have easily given up and in fact Cents were glad the final whistle went to finnish a great game of rugby from both sides who both liked to throw the ball around.
There were some oustanding performances on the pitch today from Hooker Nathan Stroud, Scrumhalf Rob Tucker and Centre Liam Hemming but for me Man of the Match went to Kieron Blackmore the openside flanker who showed size dosn't matter with some excellant defence and support play.
Match report by Steve Preece