Cents entertained a useful Sherborne side at the Bridge for the first time on Saturday.On their first visit to Cents Sherborne made Cents
work extremely hard for a victory and they showed why they won the Southern Counties (South) title losing only once all season.They also made it to the quarter finals of the intermediate cup losing to our near neighbours Matson at Redwell Road.
In glorious sunshine Cents took the lead after two minutes with an unconverted try however,Sherborne responded straight away with a converted try plus penalty to lead 5-10 after quarter of an hour.The way Sherborne were playing many Cents supporters were thinking that the game would be a very tight affair.The game was being played at a fast pace which was going from end to end with plenty of commitment being shown by both sides.
Towards the end of the first half Cents got their noses in front when they scored two converted tries through Mike Mathers and Rob Winchle,plus Harry Preece converting both tries.Going into half time Cents led 19-10 and although Sherborne had just as much possession as the home side,the difference between the sides was that Cents finished better.
Just after half time Sherborne narrowed the gap to 19-13 when they converted a penalty and this was to be their last score as Cents then took control of the match.Cents went on to run in a further four second half tries to record a try bonus which was well deserved in the end.They scored their tries through Rob Winchle(2 for a hat trick),Luke Jones plus Alex Cox and Harry Preece converted two of the tries with Wayne Mulherne converting one to complete the home sides scoring.
All in all another solid performance by a Cents side who were made to work hard for their victory against a useful Sherborne side who should do well in the league after this showing.The match was a high quality game played by two sides who wanted to play open rugby with both sides giving their all.
Cents next match is away at Trowbridge,another good side and Cents will be hoping luck will be on their side again after winning away last season thanks to a last minute conversion missed in front of the posts by the home side.