Gordano wrap up Somerset League title at Tor
PUBLISHED: 11:13 25 April 2018
Gordano wrapped up the Somerset League title with a hard-fought victory at Tor.
Tor 15 pts
Gordano 31 pts
Gordano clinched the Somerset League title with at tense game away at Tor.
Gordano were looking to wrap up the league with a victory against second from bottom Tor, but the hosts had some old players back for a must win game for themselves.
Gordano were hit with injuries in the week with Carl Petch and Tim Statton not passing fitness tests and during the warm-up, while Sam Hodge had to pull out due to a hip injury.
The match started well for Gordano whose power up front was making great yardage, but they were unable to get the early score until the 17th minute when winger Jordan Mitchell crossed for a try.
With 10 minutes left in the half, Tor levelled the scores with a try of their own. Gordano woke up after that and finished the half strongly and fly-half Dyer sliced his way though the defence to score, Poulson added the conversion for a half-time lead.
The second half started well for Gordano as captain Tom Arnall crashed through a gap to score, again Poulson added the extras.
At this point the large travelling support were hoping the floodgates would open up and an easy victory was about to happen, but Gordano took their foot of the gas and Tor got back into the game and scored quick tries to bring the score to 19-15.
Gordano players got together and raised the tempo and went more direct just to build some phases and with 15 mintues to go, prop Harry Ashwin relieved the pressure with a well-worked try, conversion added.
With five minutes to go, scrum-half Matt Poulson put the game to bed with a try of his own to extend the lead to 31-15. Tor went looking for their fourth try but solid defence by Steve Brown and Stuart Harris stopped them picking up a bonus point. The win, Gordano’s 21st in the league this season, takes them take to their second league title in three years. Next season, Gordano will be playing local rivals Clevedon and Avonmouth, who Gords beat this season in the Bristol Combination Cup.
Club chairman Ian Pope said: “The season has been a massive success on and off the field. The club is building for the future and promotion gives the whole club a boost.” Head coach Chris Hurd said: “I am so proud of what the boys have achieved this year, we are all ways looking to get better and the lads have stepped up to the plate week in and week out.”
Gordano can now have a well earned rest and come back next season ready to step up to the next challenge.