Dursley Rugby Football Club
Registered as a Community Amateur Sports Club CASC since 2004
BERRY HILL 14 DURSLEY UNITED 16
29th October 2007
United travelled to the forest with a bare 15 and inflicted a rare defeat on their hosts. Conditions were not going to favour open rugby and Berry Hill took a route 1 approach. From the kick off Dursley managed to take the ball through Mike Crawford and the Peacey brothers, to spend time in the Hill half. The referee was keen to control the game and several penalties were awarded to both sides. Berry Hill converted a penalty to lead 3 -0. The maroons came back and fly half Danny Brookes missed out Joe McDonald in the centre, finding Ben Dix who was stopped 10 metres out. The hosts turned the ball over and the clearance kick was charged down by scrum half TJ Case who was unlucky not to score. Several more penalties were awarded, Brookes converting 2 and Berry Hill a further 2 to lead 9-6.From a scrum in the Dursley half, Brookes kicked through and Crawford retrieved the kick, good interplay with Dix and Case was clear only to have a forward pass given against Dursley,this saw half time at Berry Hill 9 United 6.
The second half started like the first and a Brooke’s penalty tied the scores at 9 points each.. Dursley began to control the game with Josh Case taking good lineout ball – some from Berry Hill throw ins and they started a series of rolling mauls through Russ Peacey, Dan Clark and Keith Rose and were entrenched in the home half. Another drive from Ben Powell went close, but United decided to run the ball and a dropped pass was seized on by Berry Hill their winger scoring in the corner to lead 14 -9.
Dursley did not panic and continued to play controlled rugby, full back Jordan Lewis took a towering high kick, Brookes then kicked into the home half and United took possession from the lineout. the ball was moved out and winger Luke Sykes went on a looping run only to be halted yards short of the line. Berry Hill cleared the ball but the maroons moved steadily up the pitch again and another run from Sykes was successful to tie the scores again. Up stepped Danny Brookes to convert and the maroons were in the lead for the first time. In the last 10 minutes Dursley defended well to keep the final score 16-14.
Captain Ben Powell said ` We came here with a bare 15, with some players from the Nomads and a linesman, but the boys gelled well and once we had good possession our backs had the edge over their counterparts. `