Cents were taken all the way in a nail biting win against a very talented and strong Bournemouth side who have re-adjusted to life in this league after relegation from National Two last season.Bournemouth are one of the best sides to have played at the Stage de Bridge this season and both sets of supporters were treated to very entertaining match.Both teams looked to move the ball at all times from anywhere on the pitch and both defences had at to be on the top of their game to stop numerous scoring opportunities.Bournemouth were big up front but they moved the ball well in the tackle and Cents had to be on their guard for most of the match.The away sides backs were lively and inventive and played in the same way as the home side.
The first half shot by time wise as the game was played at a very fast tempo with nothing much between the sides and this was not for the lack of trying by both sides.The score at half time was 10-12 to the visitors and reflected the closeness of both sides.
Cents had scored first with a well worked try by Joe Preece and this was converted well by Liam Hemming.Bournemouth responded with a well worked try themselves that had gone unconverted and this was followed by a further Cents score when Liam Hemming converted a penalty.Then on the stroke of half time Bournemouth scored another well worked try which they converted and they led at the break 10-12.
For a change Cents found themselves behind at home and they knew they were in a tough match and to their credit they started the second half on top.Near the start of the second half Cents scored their second try of the match when Joe Preece finished off a lovely move that stated well in the home sides half.The try was converted Liam Hemming, Cents now led 17-12 and the home side were looking to move on and finish the match off.However, Bournemouth had other ideas and they had come up to Gloucester looking for something from the match and they took the game to their hosts.They levelled the score at 17-17 with another well worked try which went unconverted and with seven minutes remaining they took the lead when they converted a penalty after Cents had gone offside in front of their own posts.Cents now trailed behind at 17-20 to their visitors and were staring defeat in the face for only the second time at home this season.However, Cents have learned not to give in and for the last minutes they again took the match to Bournemouth and their efforts were rewarded when Liam Hemming scored a try under the away sides posts following good work by the team as a whole.Liam converted his try and Cents were relieved to have won this close match 24-20.
Cents had to battle hard today against a very good Bournemouth side who must surely stay up and be a force again next season.The home side were tested severely and came through and this will help them finish strongly this season with top five finish within sight.Next week Cents visit the fishermen at Brixham another stern test against a side who will want to avenge their defeat at the Stade de Bridge before christmas