Cents extended their unbeaten home run this season to five games on the trot with a bonus point win over an hard working Grove side. Like Cents Grove had a number pf players missing but the match was very entertaining, played in the right spirit with some good open rugby played by both sides
Cents were quick out the blocks with two tries scored inside the first 15 minutes when they had scored through Mike Mathers and Alex Cox.One of the two tries was converted by Shay Morgan and for this period Cents were in complete control and it looked as though a big score was on the cards for the home side.Once Grove started to get some ball they stemmed the flow of the Cents attacks from everywhere on the field.
Cents were to score a further two tries before half time and they were scored by an Alex Cox second try plus a try scored by George Preece.One of the tries was converted by Shay Morgan and the score at half time was 24-0 to the home side who were in complete control of the game plus getting their try bonus point as well.
Grove although down at half time were trying to make a game out of the match,when they could they pressed the home side back when they secured some ball.Cents to be fair should have had one or two more tries with their handling and decision making letting them down.
Cents were the first to score in the second half when No8 Tim Wilcox went over near the posts and the try was converted by Wayne Mulhen for a score of 31-0 to the home side.Grove then had a period of prolonged pressure on the home sides line and their efforts were rewarded with a converted try near the Cents goal posts.
Cents wrapped up their scoring near the end of the game with a converted try scored by another Mike Mathers effort converted by Shay Morgan.Final score 38-7 to the home side who were pleased with their performance although there were still some areas of improvement to be worked.
Grove should improve their position at the foot of the table if they continue to battle like they did today and hopefully when Cents play them in the return fixture they might have moved up the table.For Cents, they will be looking forward to welcoming Marlow next weekend at the Stade de Bridge for their Memorial/Anniversry weekend.
This match is the second of four home matches Cents have over the November period so they should be able to consolidate their position near the top of the table.Cents follow next weeks match with home games against Witney and then current table toppers Old Pats,hopefully the home side will have their strongest side out by then for their meeting with their rivals.