Gordano break the Graveyard curse

PUBLISHED: 12:57 27 March 2013 | UPDATED: 12:57 27 March 2013



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Gordano finally won at its Graveyard pitch in Portbury village, beating Wiveliscombe 28-5.

Gordano 28 pts

Wiveliscombe 5 pts

GORDANO Shark’s Somerset Premier League match against Wiveliscombe had to be moved from Caswell Lane to the Graveyard pitch in Portbury village due to the pitches at Caswell Lane being waterlogged.

Of the seven previous league games played at the Graveyard, Gordano were yet to record a single victory. The smaller dimensions of the Portbury pitch tend to obstruct Gordano’s attacking style, but on Saturday they were determined to bring this trend to an end.

Wiveliscombe were very competitive in the early exchanges, but Joe Rowsall opened the scoring with a well struck drop goal after 20 minutes. This score was soon cancelled out when a gap was left on the narrow side at a maul.

When the visitors secured the ball they exploited this space and sneaked in for the opening try in the corner. Gordano hit back and started moving the visiting pack around the park and gaps began to appear in their defence.

Following several phases, the ball came to captain, Fred Young. The prop showed a surprising turn of speed to accelerate through a narrow gap and to make the try line to lead 8-5 at half-time.

Another penalty from Rowsall extended the lead before man of the match, Young crossed for his second try of the game. This was more a conventional try as he crashed over from a few inches out.

Gordano were now in control of every area of the game. They were dominating the forward exchanges and looked really threatening with the ball in hand. Both wings, Tom Harris and Elliot Handscombe got plenty of opportunity to stretch their legs and both had opportunities to score.

Tom Arnall was the next try scorer when he managed to round off a forwards’ drive. With time running out, Gordano were chasing the fourth try and a bonus point. This came from fly-half Rowsall.

When his dummy was bought totally by the defence, he was able to charge through the gap he had created. This had been a great performance to win 28-5 and break the Graveyard curse.

Gordano entertain Bristol Barbarians at Caswell Lane tonight (Wed) for a 7.30pm kick-off in the semi-final of the Bristol Combination Bowl. It’s back to league action on Saturday when they welcome Taunton Reserves to Caswell Lane.

Coach Kevin Instance said: “This was a pleasing performance on Saturday against a side that we narrowly lost to earlier in the season. We have already booked a place in the final of the Somerset Vase and have this semi-final under our lights on Wednesday.

“It’s a good time to be hitting some form. Completion for places is really strong and with 35 players training this week and the side winning and playing well, everyone wants to be in the side for the big games to come.”

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