Sat 17
Reading Abbey
1st XV
H Preece, N Gibbons
H Preece (2)
Cents draw at Reading Abbey

Cents draw at Reading Abbey

By Stan Fritchley
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Cents seem to have stopped their recent run of defeats with second unbeaten match on the trot.

Cents made their first ever visit to Reading Abbey and came away with a draw although they dominated the match for large parts and did not take their chances.The home sides report of the match felt they were luck to get a draw against a dominant Cents side still struggling with a large number of injuries, there was 11players unavailable for today's match.
Cents led 11-14 at the break after being 8-0 down after 20 minutes and they were in complete control of the match although Abbey appeared to be dangerous on the counter attack.Cents scored two converted tries through Harry Preece and Niall Gibbons, Harry's came through a quickly taken tap penalty by himself and Niall's came about after a great break by Dale Cookwest.Harry converted both tries on what turned out to be Cents only scores of the match.
Cents missed numerous try scoring chances in the first half and the second half was much the same as the first half with Cents dominating possession and territory with Abbey threatening on the break. The score remained at 11-14 to Cents going into the last minute of injury time when Abbey snatched a draw with the conversion of a long penalty.Although there was still time after Abbey scored for Cents to snatch a well deserved win when the away side missed a straight forward penalty attempt when the kicker slipped up while taking his kick.
This just about summed up Cents day and their luck over the last month although the side played well with numerous changes again, they were let down by some bad decision making plus missed passes and dropped balls.
When Cents regroup after the Christmas break they should have most of their injured players back and they can aim to go the rest of the season unbeaten and move into the top end of the table.Cents next match is on the 7th January and they are at home to Royal Wotton Basset who beat us earlier in the season.

Reading Abbey have a good match report on their website.

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Match details

Match date

Sat 17, Dec 2016




South West 1 East

League position

Old Centralians
Reading Abbey