Old Cents maintained their unbeaten home run this season with a fine home win against visiting Chippenham.Chippenham have been playing Cents for a number years now, recently in the leagues and also before the advent of the league system.The matches have always been hard fought open affairs played in the right spirit and Saturdays match was no different.
Chippenham came out strongly in the first 15 minutes and were totally in control during this period,however they only had three points from a converted penalty to show for their efforts.Then when Cents got into their stride their visitors never got a look in and were constantly on the back foot having to deal with wave after wave of the home sides attacks.Cents were putting in their best performance of the season and try as they could their visitors were not able to get back into the match.
Cents forwards were totally in control in all aspects of forward play and Chippenham had no answer to the strong forward runs of the Cents eight.
Cents forwards obtained a good deal of the ball and this enabled the home side to play a good all round game through both the forwards plus backs.Cents led at half time 28-3 and had their try bonus after scoring four converted tries through Tim Wilcox,Penalty Try,Rob Jones and Rob Winchle.Curtis Neal kick one conversion and Shay Morgan two conversions and the score line reflected Cents dominance.
The second half went the way of the first with Cents on top and Chippenham defending most of the time,however the away side did not give up they still tried to move the ball when they could get their hands on it.Cents were disrupted a little bit when they lost Curtis Neal to a knee injury and young Lock Tom Smith to what looked like a bad ankle injury.
Cents went on to score a further three tries to seal their biggest win of the season and the tries were scored by Tim Wilcox(second),Sam Preece and Ryan Townsend with Shay Morgan converting two of the tries.Apart from the injuries all in all a good day for Cents who were good value for their latest win.Chippenham were not as bad as the score would suggest,they still tried to play rugby despite being out played on the day.
Cents have two strong fixtures coming up next,Marlborough and Newbury Blues so they will have to maintain this weeks form to put pressure on the top two teams in the league.The home side will have to put out a strong side for these two matches and this will be an indication on how far Cents have come this season