Gordano victory stretches gap to chasing pack

PUBLISHED: 11:29 29 November 2017

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Gordano stretched the gap between themselves and the chasing pack with this victory over Avon.

Avon 19 pts

Gordano 25 pts

Gordano travelled to Bath to play Avon who were two points behind second-placed Gordano at the beginning of the game with the same record of only losing one game so far this season.

Gordano started well and stamped their authority on this crunch match and were rewarded with their positive start with a penalty goal by Sam Hodge, followed by a try for Hodge on the half hour mark, who also kicked the extras.

Avon got two tries right at the end of the half as Gordano sat back and allowed their opposition to get on the front foot to make it 12-10 to the home team.

In the second half and after countless penalties, Gordano were awarded a penalty try and Avon had a player sent to the sin bin. This seemed to stoke Avon’s fire and during this 10-minute period with 14 men, Avon kept the ball tight and drove up the field until they got a score to retake the lead.

Gordano now with some fresh legs from the bench came back strongly and finished the game on top and it was not long until the match-winning try came though Philip Hodder after an excellent pass by the Gordano hooker.

With a minute left, Gordano took the opportunity to close the game out and took a simple three points by Hodge to end the game as 19-25 winners.

This win opens up a gap from Gordano in second place and the chasing pack and leaves them three points of the top spot with a game in hand.

Mark’s Barbers man of the match was Sam Hodge.

On Saturday, Gordano are home to Bridgwater 2s at 2.30pm.

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