Gordano top of the league and remain in three cups

PUBLISHED: 11:27 03 January 2018 | UPDATED: 11:27 03 January 2018

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Gordano finished an excellent first half of the season with victory in the Bristol Combination Vase quarter-final.

Gordano played Frampton Cotterell in the Bristol Combination Vase quarter-finals and ran out 52-7 winners.

Gordano wanted to finish the year on a high and with the sad passing of one of the clubs longest-serving members, Dennis Chandler, they wanted to put a performance that would have made him proud.

After a minute’s silence, Gordano started with a bang and put Frampton under pressure and got the first points of the game from a catch and drive and hooker Max Southey came away with try. Four minutes later, Elliot Handscomb was put away by Jack Thomas for the second try of the match, this time converted by Sam Hodge.

Frampton realised that they needed to keep the ball tight if they were to have any chance of building any pressure, but the Gordano defence was well organised and handled most of the attacking plays but Frampton finally got over the Gordano line to make it 7-12 after 20 minutes.

Unfortunately for Frampton, the Christmas festivities had caught up on a few of them and as the game went on their fitness faded away. In the last 10 minutes of the half, Gordano scored two tries.

The first came after a massive tackle from Thomas which dislodged the ball and Hodge scooped it up and ran in. Soon after, Thomas ran in one for himself, converted by Hodge to make the half-time score 7-24.

The second half started with a try for Joe Rowsell and moments later flanker Fred Young found himself in space and wandered though a hole for an easy score.

Gordano brought on four 19-year-olds and Will Magromasis on his debut made tackle after tackle and scrum-half Toby Baxter lifted the performance.

With only minutes left, Handscomb crossed for his second try of the game, but Gordano saved the best till last. With a minute left, great link-up play by Young left Jordan Mitchell in space and he sped his way though five would-be tacklers to score his first try for the first team.

It was a great way to finish a fantastic year with Gordano top of Somerset Premier and still in three cups as well. Gordano start with the potential title decider against Wiveliscombe away on January 6.

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