Cents saw out 2017 with a comfortable win over a Salisbury side who beat the home side 41-10 at home earlier in the season.Like Cents Salisbury were not at full strength for Saturdays clash as the away side are at present having the same problem as Cents have had all season, a big injury list plus player availability problems.Hopefully with a three week lay off both clubs can recover from their current problems.
Despite availability problems this was a fast tempo match played by two teams who wanted to move the ball from anywhere on the field.On the day Cents were superior in every department and led by experienced veterans Dave Knight plus Rich Pinkney called up to help the club, they had two players who were able to direct the home side to a comfortable victory.On the evidence of todays match Cents second string players had more experience than the young Salisbury second string players.
Cents had the match sown up by half time along with a try scoring bonus point as they scored six first half tries through Joe Preece(2),Dave Knight,Tim Wilcox,Rich Pinkney and Nathan Stroud.Three of the tries were converted by Shay Morgan for a half time score of 36-0 and the score line reflected Cents dominating performance.
Cents continued to dominate the second half and gave nothing away to Salisbury no matter how hard they tried.In the second half Cents ran in a further four converted tries through Nathan Stroud(second),Shay Morgan,Sam Preece and Scott Fritchley.All the tries were converted by Shay Morgan for a final score line of 64-0 to the home side.
Cents can now relax and regroup until their next match in three weeks time away to Swindon.Cents first part of the season has been dominated by injuries and player unavailability problems, in order to finish near the top they will have to start winning away from home.Lets hope the home side can start putting out their strongest sides away from home next Year as their home form has been great apart from the loss to Old Pats.
Cents wish all their players,committee and supporters a happy Christmas and New Year along with everyone else in the South West One (East) league.