Dursley Rugby Football Club
Registered as a Community Amateur Sports Club CASC since 2004
U11s reach County Festival QF
27th February 2012
The Bristol team took the opening try in this knockout round though and Dursley were always looking to push out quickly and aggresively having gone in just the 1-0 down at half-time. This eagerness to press, led to the occasional chink in Dursley's defence which the well-drilled Cleve were able to exploit for a 3-0 final score, although Dursley can consider themselves a little unlucky to see this margin on the scoresheet in a relatively tight game, where they had their fair share of possession without managing to finish the attacking moves.
The journey to the quarter-final had seen victories against Widden OB, 5-0 with five different try scorers - Harry Mills, Alfie Galvin, Dominic Stephenson, Chris Gunton, and Alec Lloyd - including one great team try started by an excellent pass from Daniel Moss; Coney Hill were beaten 1-0 with a Thomas Swift try; and Chipping Sodbury 4-1, with Lloyd and Mills doubling their tally and Jacob Parsonage and Chris Parry joining them on the scoresheet.
Even the losing game against St Brendans Old Boys was only by a single try in three and could have gone either way, with some much improved Dursley rucking led by Alfie Proto, some superb tackling from Lloyd, Swift, Gunton, Parry and a first class Stephenson interception setting-up Lloyd's third try of the day.
Throughout all of the games, Dursley's scrum had performed admirably despite giving weight, sometimes very significantly, with Dominic Barton contributing well as hooker and Parsonage, Ben Usher, Oliver Hunt and late call-up Matthew Skelton sharing the prop duties. Also worthy of mention was Solo Tomlinson, who gave a true captain's performance, being right at the heart of much of Dursley's attacking play, and defending strongly from his competitive scrum-half debut. Both Tomlinson and Swift also used terrific kicking skills intelligently, both to clear their lines and to create attacking momentum.
Dursley RFC U11s - Dominic Barton, Alfie Galvin (1), Chris Gunton (1), Oliver Hunt, Alec Lloyd (3), Harry Mills (2), Daniel Moss, Jacob Parsonage (1), Chris Parry (1), Alfie Proto, Matthew Skelton, Dominic Stephenson (1), Thomas Swift (1), Solo Tomlinson (Cap't), Ben Usher