Sat 25
1st XV
s smith, O Locke, M Mathers
H Preece (2)
H Preece
Cents made to work hard for win.

Cents made to work hard for win.

By Stan Fritchley
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Windsor make life difficult for Cents.

Old Cents were made to work hard for today's win over a very skilful and committed Windsor side battling to avoid relegation.Cents needed to win to stop a run of two defeats and steady their course for a top four finish, however Windsor came back to Cents making their host's play to the best of their abilities.Cents did just enough to win because they took their chances when they came their way plus their defence was on top form.
Windsor at least got a losing bonus point for their battling performance something they deserved for the commitment and hard work they showed.
Cents started off strongly scoring inside 10 minutes through Sam Smith and Harry Preece converted well from wide out.Soon after Harry Preece converted a penalty to give Cents a ten point lead and this led the home supporters to believe a bonus point win might have been on the cards.However it was not to be as Windsor re-grouped and took the match to their hosts,Windsor had their fair share of ball plus ground to force Cents on to the back foot and this is where the home sides defence stood out.Cents stood firm and also managed to take the game to their visitors creating a few chances and taking one with an unconverted try by Ollie Locke.The score just before half time was 15-0 to Cents,however on the stroke of half time Windsor pulled back three points through a penalty, just reward for their efforts.

Score at half time 15-3 to Cents who deserved to be on top although the only aspect lacking in their game was a poor lineout which limited the amount of ball they had to use and this was also to be the case in the second half.With the wind and slope in their favour Cents were expected to move on but it never happened as Windsor fought to get something out of the match.Windsor were next to score when they converted a penalty and they were looking good to add to their points total at 15-6 down.However Cents themselves regrouped and scored a converted try by MIke Mathers with the extra points added by Harry Preece scorw 22-6.
Going into the final 20 mins the game went from end to end with both sides looking to get something extra from the match, Cents a try bonus point and Windsor a losing Bonus point.However despite some near misses Cents were not able to get another try but Windsor did score two unconverted tries to get the losing bonus point they deserved and at times it looked as if they might have got more.
The game finished at 22-16 to Cents and the match was great to watch, played in the right spirit with both sides giving their all but the home side just about deserved to win.

Next week Cents will have league leaders Maidenhead at home and we are hoping to have a very strong side out, much different to the one that took a beating away before Christmas.If Maidenhead come down with the wrong attitude they will be in for a shock as although we will be miising the Preece's the club will still be able to field a very strong side.

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Match details

Match date

Sat 25, Feb 2017




South West 1 East

League position

Old Centralians