Sat 09
1st XV
J Preece (2), L May, L Hemming (2), R Pinkney, M Mumford
L Hemming (5)
Cents win final home league match of the season.

Cents win final home league match of the season.

By Stan Fritchley
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Cents overcome battling Drybrook side.

Cents won their final home league match against a battling Drybrook side who have already been relegated to Gloucester Premier.
Cents were always in control of this match from the start but were made to work hard for their scores by a hard working Drybrook side who never gave an inch.Drybrook have struggled this season with players leaving them and a long injury list,but they came to Old Cents and gave their all in an entertaining match.
The match was played in perfect weather conditions and both sides played an open game with the ball being thrown around from any where on the pitch.Both sides put in a tremendous amount of tackles plus the forward exchanges were pretty tough.
Cents raced into a 14-0 lead within the first 10 minutes and it looked as though a big score was on the cards,however Drybrook battled back and made a game of it.Cents first tries were scored by Joe Preece and Lewis May.Liam Hemming converted both tries.
Cents extended their lead to 19-0 when Liam Hemming scored an unconverted try and this was followed by Drybrook scoring a converted try of their own,score just before half time 19-7 to cents.
Just before half time Cents increased their lead to 26-7 when Rob Pinkney scored a try converted by Liam Hemming.
Cents were well worth their half time lead as they were in control of most areas of the field of play.However, Drybrook had battled for everything and made Cents work hard for everything they got.
The second half was very competative with both sides taking the match to each other and it was not until the final 10 mins that Cents were able to breach a resolute Drybrook defence who had stood up to everything Cents could throw at it.
Cents scored three tries in the closing minutes through Joe Preece's second of the match,Michael Mumford and Liam Hemming's second of the match.Liam Converted two of the tries for a personal tally of 20 points.Liam also clinched the top try scorer award for the season with his last minute try of the match.He has scored 16 tries this season to Rob Pinkney's 15,a great effort by both players this season.
Old Cents man of the match chosen by coach Jack Preece was Hathan Stroud and CEnts can now concentrate on Wednesday's Combination clash with Old Richian's away from home.
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Match date

Sat 09, Apr 2011




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Nathan Stroud

Player of the match

Nathan Stroud