Gordano give league leaders a fright

PUBLISHED: 14:40 16 November 2011

Hands holding rugby ball

Hands holding rugby ball

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Gordano gave unbeaten league leaders a fright at Caswell Lane.

Gordano 16 pts Avon 39 pts

DESPITE losing for the first time in six weeks, there were lots of positives to come out of Gordano’s Somerset Premier League clash against Avon at Caswell Lane on Saturday.

Avon made the trip from Bath as the only unbeaten side in the league. They demonstrated early on why they have been so hard to beat this season. For the first time this term the Gordano pack found themselves going back in the scrums and found it difficult to secure 
line-out ball.

Avon attacked relentlessly for the first 20 minutes, but the Gordano defence refused to yield. Eventually a missed tackle resulted in a try and this was soon 
followed by an outstanding piece of individual skill from the visiting fly-half. He chipped one defender caught the ball, chipped another before again gathering his kick and touching down in the corner.

This seemed to inspire the home side to fight harder. Captain Aaron French again led from the front. Several powerful breaks from the fly-half began to put the visitors on the back foot. Scrum-half Ben Clarke made several snipping runs to keep the opposition back row busy.

A customary outside break from French and a deft offload put Joe Harris under the posts. Ash Cottrell added the conversion and also a penalty before half time. Avon themselves got a third try before the break and at 10-17, Gordano were very much in the game.

The home side continued to press hard after the restart. This pressure resulted in the visitors giving away a succession of penalties as they tried to slow the game down. Cottrell converted two of these penalties to put Gordano within one point with 20 minutes to go.

But Gordano never recovered from a breakaway try against the run of play that put daylight between the two teams. As Gordano chased the game, they conceded two more tries to give the scoreboard a rather unfair look.

Other results went in Gordano’s favour and they remain in fifth place in the league.

On Saturday, Gordano travel to Taunton where they hope to get back into winning ways.

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