Cents went into this match against Old Pats still a fair number of regular first team players short through various reasons.However Cents young first team still battled well and went down 29-27 to a last minute try again.Cents had their chances to win but silly little errors in attack and defence let them down and they are still seeking their first league win of the season.If these errors are corrected then we will not have to wait long for our first victory and with players slowly coming back into the reckoning this will help their cause.
Playing up the slope in the first half Cents found themselves 17-0 down at the beak although they had created chances which were not taken.Pats were well worth their lead with their fly half penning Cents into their own half for long periods and they took their chances well.
Playing with the slope in the second half Cents dominated the half and their forwards were well on top throughout.However against the run of play at the start of the second half Pats increased their lead with an unconverted try for a score of 24-0 to the home side.Looking at a big lose Cents upped their game and battered Pats through a huge forward effort.The away side went on to score four of their own tries,two converted plus a penalty to lead the home side 24-27 going into the final two minutes.Cents had scored their tries through an impressive Lewis May,a penalty try,push over try touched down by Rich Pinkney and finally Centre Mark Marwood.Connor Gwilliam converted two of the tries and kicked a penalty which Cents had thought secured them a hard fought victory with two minutes left on the clock.
However it was not to be because from the resultant restart Cents failed to gather in the ball and Pats got their hands on the ball and forced a last minute unconverted try which won the match for them.Heartache for the young Cents side again and our supporters hope they start to learn from these silly errors that are causing them to lose close matches.On the positive side we are still picking up bonus points for these close defeats and with the club starting to field their strongest side then the first's can start to put up a better showing.
Cents next match is against Worcester Warriors a newly promoted club like ourselves.Pats beat them away last weekend narrowly,so another close game is in prospect although the Warriors had a narrow victory this Saturday against Avonmouth away.