Cents continued their relegation fight back with a hard fought victory over one of their bogey sides Old Pats from Cheltenham. Cents have always struggled at Old Pats no matter their league position and for the first half of Saturday's match it was no different.Playing with the slope and wind at their backs Old Pats made life difficult for Old Cents where they harried their visitors to make unforced errors which the home side took advantage of.
After 14 minutes Old Pats led 8-0 thanks to a breakout unconvered try and penalty and both these scoring efforts came about because they caused Old Cents errors.However by half time Cents had settled down and led 16-20 with four unconverted tries through Matt Smith,Pete Willetts,Liam Hemming and Rich Pinkney.Once Cents had settled their handling out their backs and forwards looked dangerous from anywhere on the park.The Old Cents forwards were on equal terms with the bigger Old Pats pack and going into the second half with the wind and slope in their favour it was on the cards that the away side would cause Pats problems.
With the elements in their favour Cents played some delightful rugby with forwards and backs combining well to run in a further five tries to secure a well deserved victory 28-56.Cents try scorers were Sam Smith(3),Matt Smith's second and Ollie Locke.Liam Hemming converted four of the tries plus a penalty to complete Cents scoring. Although relelgated Pats fought to the end and did not let Cents have it all their own way,they to scored a further two tries in the second half to go with the two they scored in the first half.They at least got a try scoring bonus point for their hard working efforts.
Cents now turn their attention to next weeks home game against promotion seeking Barnstaple and a win will again apply pressure on Newton Abbot who kept within touching distance of Cents with a good home win against Lydney. Cents are still 7 points clear of Newton Abbot who themselves travel to Bournemouth, not an easy place to get a victory.Also Cents are now just 1 point behind Dings after they lost at Exmouth, so there is still a lot to play for both at the top and bottom of the league.