Cents had to over come a resilient Stratford upon Avon side to win an entertaining match played at St Peters because the home sides pitch is not playable at the moment.Stratford were well beaten at home last week by Newbury Blues and showing several changes they put in a much improved performance to have Cents battling for everything.Although Cents did not help themselves by missing several chances through poor execution and decision making.
Cents were 5-7 down at half time after being on top for most of the half through possession plus territory and they only had themselves to blame for being behind at the break.The home side missed a number of chances and for the last 10 minutes of the first half Stratford came back into the match and they took perhaps their only real chance of the half after defending well for long periods of the first period.Cents first half try scorer was Joe Preece and the try went unconverted.
The second half went just like the first with Cents on top for long periods of the half and Stratford would not give up the fight plus they defended well,they also attacked with purpose keeping the home side on it's toes all the time.Cents scored three second half tries to secure a bonus point and their tries were scored by Nathan Stroud,Craig Ballinger and Lewis May.Curtis Neal converted two of the tries for a final score of 24-12 to Cents.
Cents were well pleased to record this latest win although they have certain areas of their game to improve upon especially execution and decision making when close to the try line.
Cents next match is against Swindon away and they have not had a good start to the season, however athome they should still pose a test to this young Cents side.