Old Cents lost a match they once again were in a position to win and this is the fourth time this season the home side have been near to that elusive first victory.
Cents are showing that they can compete in the national league three but must learn quickly that in certain situations they must use a kicking game and not run it from their own line. Last season they got away with their normal free style of play, however this season they are coming up against better organised defences that are causing turnovers in critical areas of the field.
However saying that the young first team are certainly giving it their all and are not afraid of anybody making the club proud of their efforts.
Newton Abbott came up expecting to win and they were given a surprise by the home side. Although they won they knew that they were in a match that they could so easily have lost and they were not expecting the strength of our pack of forwards.
Old Cents started the scoring when Connor Gwilliam converted an early penalty and shortly afterwards Newton Abbott scored an unconverted try when several tackles were missed to allow their strong centre in for a try.
The game then settled into an end to end affair with both sides looking to attack from deep but the only score was a penalty converted by Newton Abbott for a score of 3-8 to the visitors.The score stayed this way until just before half time when John Huxtable scored a well worked team try with work put in by both the forwards and backs.Connor Gwilliam converted well from wide out and Cents led 10-8 at half time.
The score at half time reflected the closeness of the sides and the game was full of enterprise and flowing attacks from both sides.
The second half started at the same frantic pace and it was the away side who scored first when they converted a penalty to lead 10-11.This lead was short lived as not long after Cents scored an unconverted try from Alex Maton after sustained forward pressure on Newton Abbots try line lead to the threes being released and the young winger finished of the movement.
Back came the visitors and they scored a converted try after Cents failed to clear the ball to touch after deciding to run the ball. Score 15-18 to Newton Abbott.
Going into the last 10mins Cents once again lead after Rich Pinkney scored from turnover ball near the visitors try line following a scrum. The try was converted by Joel James and Cents lead for the fourth time in the match22-18.
Then Cents showed that they must learn to put ball to hand and kick when deep in their own half and not run with it. Cents tried to run from deep in the closing stages and were turned over following a spilt pass and were made to pay for it when Newton Abbott scored a converted try to lead 22-25.Cents still had chances to gain ground in Newton Abbotts 22 however penalties did not find touch and the away side were allowed to breathe more easily.In the closing minutes the away sealed victory with a late penalty and they showed when in the lead to hoof the ball of the park deep in their 22.
Final score 22-28 to Newton Abbott and Cents were left to reflect on what might have been.
On the plus side the club have wiped out their minus five points and have picked up bonus points in four of their games which shows they are not far away getting that all important first win.However, they will have to learn quickly because on Saturday they are playing Old Reds away and they have got off to a flyer this season.