Cents perhaps played their best rugby of the season but still went down to the best side the first's have played this season.Cents were still in with a shout of a victory or losing bonus point going into the last five minutes of their latest match at Old Reds.However,Reds scored two tries in the last five minutes to take the game away from their visitors and left their own supporters relieved to come away with a bigger win.
Cents lost the match 36-18 but as stated they were again well in contention for at least another losing bonus point but at the moment luck is not with them and they were also on the wrong end of some dubious refereeing decisions as well.The Old Reds supporters and players were amazed the club are at the bottom of the table considering the way we played,giving them a harder match than expected.
Playing up the Old Reds slope in the first half,Cents had held the home side to a scoreline of 10-10 with the away side coming back twice in response to two unconverted tries by the home side.Cents had scored their points through a Connor Gwilliam penalty and an unconverted try by Mark Marwood.Cents were well worth the draw at half time after weathering Old Reds strong opening through their hard running backs.However Cents came back into the half through their strong forwards and their own backs finding space.
For the first 15 mins of the second half Cents got on top playing with the slope and they built up an 18-10 lead through an unconverted try by Alex Bailey and a further penalty by Connor Gwilliam.However sensing a defeat was on the cards Old Reds upped their game and with five minutes left they had got a 18-22 lead through two tries,one of which was converted.After this they went on to score a further two converted tries to take the game away from Old Cents.
After the match Coach Kev Hemmings said he could not have asked for more from his players and was proud of the effort put in by the team after losing Capt Pete Willets and Lewis May before they travelled away.
He further went on to say that our first win must come soon because our play warrants that bit of luck to make all the difference.