Gordano claim top spot in the league

PUBLISHED: 12:35 06 December 2017 | UPDATED: 12:35 06 December 2017

Rugby ball.

Rugby ball.

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Gordano went top of the league after a bonus point victory over Bridgwater seconds.

Gordano went top of Somerset Premier with a bonus point win over Bridgwater seconds.

Knowing a win would put them top, Gordano went out hard from the start and defended the halfway line strongly and once the opportunity opened to steal the ball they did and scored with their first touch of the game though Jack Thomas.

Gordano were on the score sheet again soon after with winger Elliott Handscomb scoring after some great work by the forwards. Gordano weren’t done and scored on the other wing with Josh Richards finishing well after Alex Walder put him into space.

Bridgwater started to get into the game more and used their powerful forwards to get forward which gave their backs some good ball to use with a nice try coming through their centre.

Gordano pushed hard at the end of the half and Thomas popped up again to crash over for his second of the game. The extras were added by Sam Hodge to make the half-time score 22-5.

The second half was a different story, Bridgwater became more confident with the ball in hand and kept hold of it better, while Gordano pushed for the miracle pass and did not do they basics as well as they have all season.

It was no surprise that Bridgy got the first points of the half though a driving maul. Gordano went straight down the other end of the pitch and scored from a driving maul themselves with the Andy Peterson coming up with the ball, with Walder adding the extras.

That would be all Gordano would add to the score for the game as they seemed to just sit back and let Bridgwater do what ever they wanted. With five minutes to go they scored from another driving maul, but with time running out Bridgwater took a penalty goal chance on the stroke of full time to grab themselves a losing bonus point.

Gordano take the five points and move two points above Wiveliscombe, who have led the league all year, but after the second half display feet are firmly on the floor as the team will have to cope with the pressures that come as league leaders.

The Mark’s Barber’s man of the match was the hard working Andy Peterson. On Saturday, Gordano travel to the seaside to take on Weston 2s at the Tec, kick-off 2.30pm.

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