Dursley Rugby Football Club
Registered as a Community Amateur Sports Club CASC since 2004
PAINSWICK 24 DURSLEY 5
31st March 2008
Dursley suffered another league reverse on a rain sodden pitch at Painswick.
Playing into the driving rain Dursley started slowly against another team consisting of huge forwards. The conditions would not suit the flowing rugby style of the maroons and their forwards had to front up against the hosts. After a series of pick and drives the Painswick number 8 crashed over to score an unconverted try to lead 5 – nil. Dursley struggled to keep possession and were forced to defend in their 22. A rare pass to the Painswick backs caught Dursley out and the centre scored a converted try to stretch the lead to 12 points. More forward pressure followed and after 20 minutes the maroons were facing a hammering at 19 points down following a further Painswick score.Dursley picked up their game and put pressure on their hosts closing them down early with tackles from Scott Udal, Andy Plumridge and Mark Perry forcing errors. The back line of Simon Cole, TJ Case and Jak Evans were harassing their counterparts and Evans forced a dropped ball on the Painswick 10 yard line which he kicked through over the try line gathered and scored. Andy Sprague narrowly missed the conversion. Half time arrived with Dursley trailing 19 – 5.
The second half saw Dursley take the game to Painswick with Tony Niblett and Paul Winterbottom popping up all over the pitch. But injuries to Ben Dix and Tom Broomfield disrupted their efforts. Painswick were visibly tiring and a series of injuries to their players were attended to by their young female physio, taking up large amounts of time .Dursley could not gain any momentum with the breaks in play and from yet another forward drive Painswick scored a late try to seal the game at 24 – 5.
Injured Captain Andy Scott said `Yet again we struggled against a big pack and the conditions were against our style of play. Also we provided 3 players to the County Under 20 team so they were unavailable to us – sometimes you can be victims of your own success!`
Dursley have no game next week but on 12th April entertain Longlevens in a crucial league fixture that will decide which division Dursley play in next season – all support will be welcome.