Dursley Rugby Football Club
Registered as a Community Amateur Sports Club CASC since 2004
Dursley 1st XV vs. Cheltenham Civil Service 1st XV
28th October 2006
Match Date: Saturday 28th October
Opposition: Cheltenham Civil Service
Venue: Dursley RFC
EDF Energy Junior Vase Round 2
Dursley 42: Cheltenham Civil Service 0
Dursley continued there increasingly impressive start to the season. Playing opposition from a higher Division, Dursley proved and showed there 9 straight victories have been no fluke. Civil Service came to Stinchcombe with optimisms they could take victory. This showed in the way they started the game, they competed strongly in all aspects of the game.
It took 20 minutes for Dursley to break them down. Dursleys pack took the ball against the head at a scrum before scrum half H Pullen released the backs. A well worked move in the centres gave the ball to winger M Crawford who made 25 yards before being caught. He popped the ball back inside to the rapidly advancing S Cole to score out wide. The conversion was missed. The half continued with the play going all one way. The Civil Service defence held firm only conceding two penalties before the half time break. Score at the half 11 – 0 to Dursley.
The second half started as the first finished, Dursley putting Civil Service under constant pressure. It did not take long for the cracks to appear. Dursleys forwards doing all the donkey work setting a fantastic platform for the pacey backs. Within 5 minutes fullback Brad Winchle got the first of his 2 tries following yet again some strong work from the pack. The scoring continued when winger Steve Kirk ran in from 35 yards for his first. The forwards then got in on the act with a superbly worked line out move, released No 8 M Perry to take the opposition winger and no 10 over the line with him to score. The game ended when Dursley No 10 Andy Sprague put a grubber kick through for himself to chase. The ball looked as though the fullback would clear easily, he went down on one knee to collect, the ball went over his head. A Sprague collected before passing to S Kirk to claim his second. The young No 10 finished the day with 10 points from the boot, to add to his excellent all-round performance.
After the game first team Coach Mike Bayliss said ‘I could not be happier with performance, every player gave 100%. Playing a team that are in a division above us is all the incentive we needed. They are where we want to be next year, we wanted to show that is where we belong.’