Gordano slip to first defeat of the season

PUBLISHED: 14:36 06 November 2013 | UPDATED: 14:36 06 November 2013

Gordano skipper Fred Young.

Gordano skipper Fred Young.

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Gordano suffered their first defeat of the season at second placed Stothert & Pitt.

Stothert & Pitt 10 pts

Gordano 3 pts

GORDANO’S unbeaten start to the season came to an end when they travelled to Bath to take on second placed Stothert and Pitt.

Gordano have not fared well in recent seasons in their visits to the Cranes. Saturday’s visit was to prove as frustrating as recent encounters with the Bath side and Gordano came away with a solitary losing bonus point.

The point was still good enough to keep them at the top of the Somerset Premier League.

Playing against a strong breeze and up the hill in the first-half, Gordano turned around at the break in confident mood, but trailing 10-0. Gordano’s forwards had started to get the upper hand and the home side had started to concede penalties to thwart the stronger pack.

Joe Rowsall slotted a penalty early in the second half and Gordano looked well on the way to keeping their impressive early unbeaten run intact. Gordano were presented with several more penalties until eventually a yellow card was produced.

The next 10 minutes were the defining period of the game as Stothert and Pitt defended manfully to hold Gordano out. The failure of the visitors to score with a one-man advantage wrote off their hopes of winning the game.

Gordano kept trying until the final whistle, but too many unforced errors prevented them closing the deficit.

Gordaon will face Taunton Reserves on Saturday at Caswell Lane at 2.30pm.

Gordano 2nds returned to winning ways by demolishing their Winscombe counterparts by 50 points to nil.

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