Dursley Rugby Football Club
Registered as a Community Amateur Sports Club CASC since 2004
DURSLEY 2NDS TOUGH IT OUT AGAIN
26th October 2008
Dursley United (2nds) travelled to Berry Hill on 25th October keen to get their merit table campaign back on track after the disappointment of the match against Westbury-on-Severn.
Again fielding a mix of youth and experience, they had to contend with a large, strong Berry Hill side, and spent large parts of the afternoon tackling and defending against forward drives.
Full back Paul Baker also proved solid behind whenever the hosts kicked it, and wings Charley Matthews and Chris Welch dealt ably with everything thrown at them.
After the initial onslaught, it became clear that Dursley had the skill and pace out wide to run their larger opponents about, and that is what they did with whatever possession came their way.
Some good interchanges between forwards and backs saw Josh Kelly make several clean breaks, ably supported by namesake Josh Case and fellow flanker Ollie Steel. A few opportunities went begging, but eventually the referee lost patience with Berry Hill slowing the ball down, and it was veteran No 8 Darren Butcher who tapped the penalty and went through the gap to open the scoring.
Berry Hill continued to press with strong forward surges, but the Dursley defence was equal to it. Another foray into host territory saw another penalty, and scrum half Matt Bilous took the tap to round several defenders for an important score, duly converted by fly-half Dan Brooks – half-time saw Dursley deservedly winning 12-0.
Berry Hill now had the wind at their backs, and the pressure eventually told. Despite sterling defence, they eventually drove over for 5 points to make the remaining 30 minutes very tense.
Dursley dug deep, and so did their pack, fighting every inch, and several breaks by centre Mike Hill could have made the decisive score. In the end, wing Matthews was on hand to take a lovely line for the try that put the result beyond doubt. With Brooks’ conversion, the final scoreline of 19-5 to Dursley was no more than they deserved.
Every player made a huge contribution, with prop Sam Alvis outstanding for his overall work rate.
The campaign continues on Saturday 1st November at home against Gloucester Old Boys – all support welcome.