Old Centralians lost thier fine 13 match winning streak in a dog fight against a stern Matson side who perhaps on the day slightly wanted it more.
In saying that, from the start of the game to the 45 minute mark Cents looked pretty well in control apart from a good driving maul from Matson in the first half which they used very well continuously throughout the game.
The game kicked off on a blustery day with Cents playing down the slope and against the wind and from an accidental obstruction the first scrum accured. Cents supportors watched with interest to see if Mike Mumford the former winger could hold his own at loose head prop and sure enough he did just that and more by pushing the Matson scrum back and getting the first penalty of the day.
Cents kept Matson pinned in their own half for much of the first 40 mins and were rewarded with two penalties but were kicked wide, then on the half hour mark Cents had some good phases's of play and the ball went through the hands of the front row out to Lewis May who gave the final pass to Rob Jones who scored in the corner, Liam Hemmings kick from out wide hit the post and Cents took the lead 5-0.
Cents defence was solid and kept Matson away from the try line but then gave away a penalty for a dangerous tackle from Hemming, Matson kicked to the corner and from a well functioned lineout they started a driving maul where they crossed the try line but the referee who was in a good position and disallowed the try saying it was held up.
From a Matson 5m scrum Cents again put the shove on and won the ball back for Hemming to clear his line.
Cents could not break Matson's solid defence and the first half finished 5-0.
The second half started with Cents attacking from the start with the wind at their backs and from 5 minutes of pressure won a penalty in front of the posts which Hemming converted to make it 8-0.
The game then changed, Matson came back and kept hold of the ball well kicking into the corners and forcing Cents into making numerous errors and giving away penalties.
Cents then made a crucial error at their own lineout 15m out calling back ball when it was far to windy and it was judged not straight and from the Matson scrum they picked and went several times to cross the white wash but once agian was judged to be held up.
From a 5m Matson lineout they used their driving maul and once again crossed the line and this time the referee allowed the try which was converted to make 8-7 to Cents.
With 15 minutes left on the clock both teams lost a player to the sin bin within a minute of each other for high tackles.
Then Cents gave Matson a gift by diving over at a ruck giving matson a simple penalty infront of the post to make it 10-8 with 7 minutes left on the clock.
Cents battled hard to get back up the pitch for a final score but Matson again defended well and Cents kept spilling the ball and the final play Matson turned the ball over and kicked the ball out to win the game which on the day the probably deserved.
Match report by Steve Preece