The resurgent Spartans 1st XV shook up Gloucester Premier with a hard fought win at table topping Longlevens, who were previously unbeaten.
Both teams were intent on playing an expansive game with all wingers heavily involved in the early exchanges. Levens were first to score after winning a scrum against the head a clever kick over the top was pounced upon by their speeder winger. 5 Minutes later Spartans scored a superb 1st phase try, moving the ball form right to left with accurate passing and decoy runners allowed 17 year old wing Josh Allaway to score in the corner. Mark Davies converted excellently from the touchline and the game was on.
Both teams continued to move the ball around and at times this led to errors, resulting in numerous scrums and the Spartans pack did well to hold up against a much larger pack. Special mention to 43 year old prop Neil Farrell who was giving away around 7 stone to his opposite man and did extremely well for 60 minutes.
Davies kicked a penalty to give the visitors a 10-78 half time lead and the 2nd half continued with both teams going at each other, committed attack being met by ferocious defence. Levens certainly have extreme pass in their outside backs and a break up the right flank saw them go close and after a couple of close range phases they squeezed over for a try and 12 - 10 lead which they extended to 15-10 with a penalty.
Spartans were however in determined mood and continued to take the game to Levens and they scored a smart try through wing Brad Dunn and with Davies adding a penalty and conversion they lead 20-15. The lead was shortlived however as once again levens looked to stretch the red ants defensive line and despite rebuffing the initial burst they seemed to lose their organisation and Levens 2nd row galloped through a hole to score near the posts and with the conversion added Levens led by a point with 10 minutes left.
Again Spartans responded, despite being down to 14 players now after Paul Sutton had received 2 yellow cards, and strong carrying got them to within 5 yards of the line. A penalty was awarded in front of the posts and although the obvious decision was to take the three points to regain the lead, scrum half Tom Broady quickly tapped and through a wide pass to Aaron Fowke who controlled the ball with his foot before falling on it for the winning score. Davies again converted from the touchline and Spartans defended stoutly for the remaining 5 minutes to secure a win which will hopefully kick start there season