Dursley Rugby Football Club
Dursley 1st XV vs. Cirencester 1st XV : Stroud Combination Final
6th May 2006
Match Date: Saturday 6th May
Venue: Stroud RFC
Stroud Combination Final
Dursley 5 Cirencester 15
Dursley ended the season with a fixture at Stroud’s Fromehall Park in the combination final against Gloucester Premier opposition Cirencester and came second going down 15-5 but can hold their heads up high after a spirited performance.
Playing in fine conditions on a cabbage patch of a pitch Cirencester were soon on the scoreboard with an unconverted try scored out wide. The signs looked ominous but Dursley fronted up and took the came to the much bigger opponents from Cirencester cheered on by a vocal band of supporters, the Stinchcombe 15 thwarted the attacks of the opposition. Their course wasn’t helped when Dursley were reduced to 14 men when one of their players were yellow carded for a technical offence, but this lifted the spirit of the remaining players and denied the opposition any chance to increase their lead while having a numerical advantage.
With numbers restored they did manage to squeeze another try out wide for Dursley to finish the first half trailing 10-0. The second half started at a terrific pace with Dursley chasing the game. Cirencester were conceding penalty after penalty but without a recognised goal kicker Dursley opted to go for the corners and press for the try. But for determined defence, Dursley were unable to score the try they deserved.
Cirencester did manage to score another unconverted try against the run of play during the second half.
With Cirencester under pressure they resorted to illegally halting the rampaging Dursley attacks, which resulted in the referee issuing a red card, followed shortly by a yellow. With time running out Dursley launched one final attack and were rewarded with a try out wide, with that the final whistle sounded.
Final score 15-5 in what was a good contest and despite the gulf in leagues were two evenly matched teams and each of the Dursley players can be proud of the performance and enjoy the summer ready and refreshed for a new season. With current captain Mark Perry standing down, next season sees the fresh face of veteran flanker Andy Scott looking to take the club forward as the new club captain.