Cup success for Gordano
PUBLISHED: 14:23 09 November 2011
Gordano eased past Chew Valley to reach the quarter-finals of the Somerset Vase.
ALTHOUGH it was a break from league competition, Gordano were able to field a strong side in the Saturday’s Senior Somerset Vase encounter with Chew Valley at Caswell Lane.
The hosts knew this was going to be a tough encounter as the visitors are currently three places ahead of them in the Somerset Premier League.
With several new signings this season, Chew Valley has shown some excellent form in recent weeks. With Gordano in the middle of a purple patch of five wins on the bounce, this was always likely to be a keenly contested fixture.
Chew’s higher league position was evident in the early exchanges as they dominated possession and territory. Gordano’s spirit in defence was excellent. The tackle count from the back row of Tim Statton, Lee Worgan and Mike Yandall were tremendous. It was this dogged defence that prevented the visitors scoring.
It was Gordano’s forwards that took the initiative and opened the scoring when No 8 Yandall touched down following a driven scrum.
An excellently worked move in the second half gave wing Ash Cottrell room to outpace the defence to score Gordano’s second try of the afternoon. Cottrell added a penalty to finish the scoring at 13-0. This victory puts Gordano into the quarter-finals of this competition to be played in February.
On a sad note, flanker Tim Statton suffered a broken elbow during the game which is likely to keep him out of action for the reminder of the season.
On Saturday, Gordano entertain Bath side Avon, 2.30pm.
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