Cents at long last managed to play their first game since before chritmas when they lost narrowly to league leaders Lydney.
However Cents had to play on the artificial pitch at Hartpury college to get the game played and thanks go to Old Pats for eventually agreeing to play on the all weather surface.
The match was played on a dry day but there was a very strong wind blowing across the pitch for all the game and it made handling and kicking difficult for both sides.
This was a game that Cents had to win in order to start their push to escape relegation and to be fair they were the better side for most of the game. Cents showed they needed the game more and took the match to Old Pats in all areas of play.Cents defence was very strong and needed to be to contain the big Pats forwards who used the rolling maul and pick up drive from the scrum and lineout to good effect.Cents were far sharper in the backs and open play and once the threat from the Pats forwards was thwarted they cut loose and had Pats defending for long periods.
Cents led 17-0 at half time through tries by Mike Mathers,Lewis May and Rob Jones.Liam Hemming converted one of the tries and the home side were well worth their lead and if the wind had not been so strong then a few more chances would have been converted.The only downside to the first half was the loss of Paul Knight who went off with a broken arm in the early stages of the first half.However Ollie Locke came on and had a solid game at fly half for the rest of the match.
Old Pats started strongly at the beginning of the second half and after Cents soaked up the early pressure they went on the secure a bonus point victory.Cents scored further tries through Liam Hemming,Pete Willetts and Lewis May(second)plus Liam converted one of the tries.
This was good all round performance by Cents in the face of a strong wind that certainly had an effect on the match.Cents defence was outstanding and many first up tackles were made in order to stop the bigger Pats aforwards making big inroads into the Cents defence.The backs looked sharp and took their chances well although a number of chances went begging partly because of the windy conditions.
Cents now look forward to their visit to Redignasians with relish and look forward to a good contest after holding their hosts to a narrow loss at the Stade de Bridge.