Sat 29
Chippenham
7
-
45
League
1st XV
Tries
R Hannaford, S Preece, D Tyler, T Willcox, M Mathers (2), H Preece
Conversions
H Preece (2)
Penalties
H Preece
Drop Goals
W Mulhern
Cents beat difficult opponents away from home.

Cents beat difficult opponents away from home.

By Stan Fritchley
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Cents beat potentially difficult opponents Chippenham.


Cents travelled to Chippenham yesterday knowing they could be if for a difficult game against opponents who the away side beat by one point last season away from home.Cents have always found it hard to win at Chippenham and this season the home side have hardly lost on their new 4g pitch and recently thumped Banbury on it.Also Cents were missing four potential first team backs in Liam Hemming,Luke Jones,Sol Farrer plus Alex Cox.
Cents need not have worried as they put in an accomplished performance in difficult windy conditions.Playing with the wind they led 30-7 at half time with Wayne Mulhern using the wind to good effect to pin the home on the back foot for most of the half. Cents first try was scored by Ross Hannaford who intercepted a home side pass on their five metre line.Sam Preece scored Cents second try by finishing off a rolling maul close to the home sides try line. Dan Tyler,on his return to first team action, scored Cents third try following a good break by Rob Jones and this was converted by Harry Preece making the score 17-7 to Cents.
No8 Tim Wilcox was the next Cents score when he powered over following a five metre scrum on Chippenhams line and this went unconverted but Harry Preece converted a Penalty shortly afterwards.Mike Mathers scored Cents final try before Halftime when he to finished off a rolling maul close to the home sides line and this went unconverted for a half time score of 30-7 to Cents.
Cents then had to defend against the wind in the second half and this they did with an excellent defensive effort led by Max Whelan coming to the fore and Scrumhalf Harry Preece using clever box kicks to push the Home side back.For the first 25 mins of the second half there was no further score until Mike Mathers scored one of his bulldozing tries and then Harry Preece scored and converted Cents final try.Wayne Mulhern finished off Cents scoring when he dropped a goal in the final minute for a scoreline of 45-7 to Cents.
Next week Cents are at home to Marlborough and this is a game Cents are looking forward to because the away side are one of only two sides to have beaten the home side this season. Cents lost in the last minute of this match at Marlborough and the home side will be expecting another difficult match again.

Match details given by Steve Preece.

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Match details

Match date

Sat 29, Feb 2020

Kickoff

15:00

Meet time

11:15

Instructions

Bus leaves 11.30am

Competition

Wadworth 6X South West 1 East

League position

1
Old Centralians
8
Chippenham