Sat 07
1st XV
J Preece, R Pinkney, R Jones
L Hemming (3)
Cents made to work  hard to keep 100% home record.

Cents made to work hard to keep 100% home record.

By Stan Fritchley
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Cents win close encounter over much improved Hornets.

Cents just about maintained their 100% home record when they saw off a much improved Hornets side who had lost 4 of their previous 5 league fixtures.
I think the Hornets have been struggling with injuries and university players being away.However the side they brought up to Gloucester was a very useful side and pushed the strongest side Cents have put out all season all the way in a very entertaining match.
Both sides looked to move the ball out wide and this led to a contest that was very open and played at a furious pace.Cents held their own in the tight and won most of their own lineout ball. Cents also contained the Hornets strong maul very well and competed vigorously at the break down.
Cents led 14-0 at half time through two glorious tries scored by Joe Preece and Richard Pinkney.Both tries were started from deep and went through many pairs of hands.Liam Hemming converted both tries and at half time Cents just about deserved to be in lead although this was a close match.
Cents started the second half with a bang when Rob Jones scored another excellent team try scored after again being started well in the Old Cents half.Liam Hemming converted again and at 21-0 Cents sensed that the game was won if they were to score next.
However,Hornets were stung into action and they dominated the next 20 mins of the match after Cents score.The Hornets kept control of the ball and Cents found it difficult to get out of their half.During this 20 minute spell of dominance Hornets scored two unconverted tries but cruically missed both conversions and had a penalty goal rebound of a post.If theses points had been scored then Cents would have only been leading 21-17 and under a lot of pressure.
Cents managed to weather the storm and worked their way back into the match plus they secured victory when LIam Hemming kicked a penalty with ten minutes to go.
At 24-10 Cents saw out the remainder of the match which had contiued at it's frenetic pace right until the final whistle.The match finished a few minutes early when one of the Hornets centres had a serious leg injury which resulted in an ambulance being called straight away.Cents wish the player well because it looked like a bad break to his ankle.

Cents were happy to win this very entertaining match against a Hornets side that gave their all and should finish strongly for the remainder of the season.Cents now look forward to a hard fixture at Keynsham next week.It's a ground were Cents struggle and the home side look to have come into a decent run of form of late.

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