Bat­tling Pats make Dry­brook work hard for derby day vic­tory

Gloucestershire Echo - - SPORTING INDEX -

BOT­TOM-OF-THE-TA­BLE Old Pate­sians put up a fight in their derby at Dry­brook be­fore go­ing down 34-20.

Pats took the lead as they used their heavy for­wards to gain field po­si­tion in the Dry­brook 22 where they were awarded a penalty at the break­down which was kicked by James Hay­den for a 3-0 lead.

On the half-hour, Dry­brook were awarded a penalty on half­way which Tim Steven­son kicked to touch five me­tres from the line.

The ball was driven for­ward by Mitch Hale be­fore be­ing re­leased and Steven­son sent a long pass out to Ol­lie Moore who drew the last de­fender be­fore pass­ing to Mitch Bald­win who dived over to open Dry­brook’s ac­count.

Steven­son added the con­ver­sion and it looked as though the Squir­rels would lead at the break.

The next series of events were bizarre as firstly it looked as though Bald­win had scored his sec­ond try, but the ref deemed that cross­ing had taken place and awarded Pats a penalty.

Pats worked their way down­field and fol­low­ing a five-me­tre li­ne­out they crossed the line but lost the ball.

A cen­tre jumped on the ball and claimed the try - but the ref­eree sig­nalled the ball had been lost for­ward but then said the it had been held up - de­spite no Dry­brook player be­ing in­volved.

Pats drove the ball over the line from the re­sult­ing scrum with Scott Alldritt claim­ing the touch­down and Hay­den kicked the con­ver­sion to lead 10-7 at the break.

Dry­brook came out fir­ing af­ter the in­ter­val and were awarded a penalty which was kicked to the cor­ner.

The ball was thrown long and driven in field, a short pass from the back of the ruck found cap­tain Ben Large who crashed over near the posts. Steven­son drop-kicked the con­ver­sion and Dry­brook re­took the lead.

Af­ter an­other five me­tre li­ne­out Luke Roberts took the fi­nal pass to fly in on the right.

Pats re­duced the deficit with a Mar­cus Ray­mond penalty, can­celled out by a Steven­son ef­fort, be­fore Dry­brook’s re­place­ment hooker Carl Guest barged over for the bonus-point score.

Three min­utes later scrum-half James Clancy scored Dry­brook’s fifth.

There was time for Pats to grab a con­so­la­tion try as Alldritt got his sec­ond which Ray­mond con­verted but Dry­brook were wor­thy vic­tors.

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