Gordano beaten at the graveyard

PUBLISHED: 14:46 07 November 2012

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Gordano were forced to play a the narrow ‘graveyard’ pitch, due to the Caswell Lane pitches being unplayable.

Gordano 8 pts

Keynsham Res 20 pts

GORDANO Sharks anticipated a comfortable home win on Saturday against a Keynsham Reserves side that had only notched one Somerset Premier League win this season.

The heavy rainfall meant that the Caswell Lane pitches were unplayable and the ‘graveyard’ pitch in Portbury Village was used instead.

This location has not brought much luck on previous occasions for the Sharks. While it is useful having the use of this pitch, the narrowness never suits Gordano’s brand of rugby.

The four previous league encounters have all ended in defeat. Sharks were unable to overturn this losing streak on their alternative pitch, by going down to a disappointing 8-20 defeat.

Gordano started brightly and had all the early possession. Despite having some crucial decision makers missing behind the scrum, the early signs were promising.

Young backs, Elliott Hanscomb and Owen Abbott combined along with a lovely offload from Rob Penhale to put Abbott under the posts.

Abbott played his first senior game at stand off due to a string of injuries and non-availabilities and had a fine game and continues to look a great prospect.

Leading 8-6 at half-time, Gordano looked capable of pulling away. However, a string of penalties gave Keynsham the opportunity to get back into the game. Their kicker was slotting them for fun from near the halfway line and soon Gordano were losing 8-15 down.

With time running out, Gordano were chasing the game and a sloppy pass allowed Keynsam to intercept and score the winning try.

Gordano entertain Old Sulians in the first round of the Somerset Vase on Saturday as they aim to regain the trophy they won last year when they defeated Old Bristolians in the final.

Gordano 2nd team remain unbeaten and top of Somerset 2 North. Last Saturday they won 57-0 at Old Culvereysians.

Last year’s first team captain was the influential figure in this match, having now fully recovered from his broken elbow. His leadership, strength and decision making has been sorely missed in his absence.

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