Gloucestershire Echo

Champions clash League to face Bream in play-off


GORDON League will face Bream at Hempsted Lane in a play-off for promotion from Counties 2 Gloucester­shire North/south on Saturday after clinching their respective titles.

League beat their nearest rivals Old Patesians 60-31 at Everest Road to claim the North title, Luke Stephens and Luke Mcmahon scoring two firsthalf tries each, Mcmahon converted two for a 24-10 lead.

Tom Gibbs (two), Kaian Buhagiar, George Boughton, Gareth Flounders and Ryan Carter scored after the break, Mcmahon with three more conversion­s.

Jack Hamilton, Johnny Fenley, Benji Grice and a penalty try scored for Pats, Sam Rhymes with three conversion­s and a penalty.

The play-off will be a double header with their Papa Johns Cup tie, as the sides were paired in that competitio­n.

Bream won 53-22 at Bristol Saracens to claim the South title, Jayden Hardy and Frazer Montague crossing twice with scores from Kiran James, Nathan Thomson Lee, Harry Follos and Ben ‘Joner’ Jones, Aaron Ryder with five conversion­s and a penalty.

Elsewhere in Counties 2 Gloucester­shire North, Smiths Rugby finish third after their 43-10 win over Cirenceste­r.

Tony Moore, Duncan Spurrier (two) Pete Reed, Marcus Raymond, Piers Harris and Ben Sheldrake scored their tries, Raymond with four conversion­s.

Stroud come fourth after a 22-11 win over Brockworth, Harry Lightfoot (two) and Ben Wilkes with their tries, Joe Ashenford converting two and adding a penalty.

Brockworth had a try for Sam Barnett and two George Gladding penalties.

Brad Harris scored a hat-trick as Hucclecote beat Old Cryptians 52-12 to finish fifth, Ben Harries, Max Marshall, Fred Baldwin-foot, Charlie Hurst and Aiden Humphries also crossing, Harris with five conversion­s and Baldwinfoo­t one.

Tom Wadley and Jack Flounders crossed for Crypts, Rhys Blackford with a conversion.

Dan Knapman, Josh Painting and Spencer Croft scored Old Roichians’ tries as they beat Coney Hill 17-12, Jamie Mayall adding the extras.

Hill’s tries came from Ryan Barnett, in his final first XV game, and Ryan Tanner, with a conversion from Ash Lewis.

In the South, Dursley finish fifth after a walkover against bottom side Whitehall, and Berry Hill were 37-27 winners at North Bristol, and finish 10th.

Oli Morgan scored two tries with one each for Dave Gundy, Chris Price, Rhys Chandler and Jack Pitt, Ben Element with two conversion­s and a penalty.

Matson finish third from bottom in Regional 1 South West after losing 42-34 to champions Devonport Services.

Devonport opened the scoring with two tries and a conversion but Matson hit back with tries from Connor Gwilliam and Josh Claxton.

Another unconverte­d try from Devonport followed, but it was 17-17 at half-time thanks to a try from Jake King converted by Connor Gwilliam.

In the second half Devonport scored three more tries, two converted, and two penalties.

Matson replied with two tries from Vince Lanciano, both converted by Connor Gwilliam and a penalty from Gwilliam, and led 34-32 with five minutes to go, but let their lead slip.

Lydney lost their final game 31-22 to Exmouth. It only took four minutes for the Severnside­rs to take the lead with the first of their four tries, earning a bonus point - but Exmouth responded to lead 21-5 at the break.

Lydney scored a second try early in the second half, but Exmouth added a penalty to lead 24-10.

Back came Lydney with two tries, one converted, making it 24-22, but a final converted try for Exmouth sealed the victory.

Stow-on-the-wold finished their Regional 2 Midlands West in second place with a 15-0 loss at Moseley Oak, while Newent take third place after beating Ludlow 48-26.

Newent had the wind at their backs in the first half and they took full advantage, playing some of their best rugby of the season to race to a 33-0 lead with five tries within the first 25 minutes.

Ben Vincent touched down the first after two minutes, and Jack Devries claimed the next to complete a fastflowin­g move which stemmed from a turnover on the Ludlow 10m line.

Tom Webb converted from the touchline, as he did for the third try scored in the same corner by Doug Long.

A turnover by Vincent on Newent’s 22 was the platform for a superb counteratt­ack which ended with the referee awarding a penalty try when James Hartland’s run for the line was thwarted by a high tackle.

Hartland had his revenge when he intercepte­d a pass just inside the Ludlow half and ran clear for a try, but Ludlow ended the half with their first try, and added a second, this time converted, early in the second half.

Newent responded with an unconverte­d try from a driving maul, Leo Oakey claiming the touchdown.

Ludlow drove over for a third try, and reduced the deficit further to seal a bonus point at 38-26.

Webb kicked a penalty to put the hosts 41-26 ahead, and the final try came from Hartland, improved by Webb’s conversion.

Cheltenham finish fourth after losing 25-19 at Stratford-upon-avon, who quickly opened a 10-point lead.

Henry Kirchner crossed, Curtis Neal adding a difficult conversion, to cut the lead to 10-7 then 10 minutes into the second half Ryan Cengiz gave Cheltenham the lead.

But Stratford scored three tries with the elements behind them to give a 25-12 lead before Stan Folks-underhill scored a great solo try, Neal with the extras, but Cheltenham had to settle for a losing bonus point.

A late Harry Preece penalty gave Old Centralian­s a 34-31 win over Keynsham to clinch second spot in Regional 2 Severn.

Keynsham raced into a 16-5 lead midway through first half, but Cents battled back to trail 19-17 at half time.

Cents then raced in to a 31-19 lead, however Keynsham recovered to level the scores at 31-31 before Preece nailed a penalty from near the half way line to seal the match.

Cents try scorers were Liam Hiles, Sol Farrer, Dan Tyler, Lewis May and Preece, who converted three tries and his penalty.

Drybrook finish fourth after winning 46-12 at Swindon, but Chosen Hill are set for relegation after finishing next to bottom, losing their final game 29-5 at Winscombe, Brodie Cook their try scorer.

Longlevens have ended their Counties 1 Western North campaign with a 31-24 win over Cleve, and sit top by eight points ahead of Cinderford United, who have two games to play.

United won 24-17 at Midsomer Norton as Jack Hall, Tom Reynolds, George Perry and Reuben Hinds scored their tries, with Danny Pointon kicking two conversion­s.

Counties 3 Tribute Gloucester­shire North champions Gloucester Old Boys rounded off their season by winning 36-0 at Chosen Hill FP II with tries for Steve Brown, Zac Pitt (two), Harry Williams, Liam Aherne and Andy Fearn, Taylor Unett with three conversion­s.

Widden Old Boys were 41-7 winners over Longlevens II, Alfie Fuller, Danny Rudge, Olly Carr (two), Ethan York and Jude Donnelly their try scorers, with four Jordan Walker conversion­s and a penalty.

Minchinham­pton went down 24-12 to Cheltenham Saracens, while Tewkesbury had a walkover against Matson II.

Counties 3 Gloucester­shire South champions Lydney II crashed 51-8 at Southmead.

CCS Warpigs clinched the Counties 4 Gloucester­shire North title beating Ledbury II 55-12 with tries for Oli Wilton, Tom Moss, Angus Guthrie (two), Sam Townsend (two), Ryan Davis, Evan Jones and Adam Rogers, Harvey Cooke with five conversion­s.

 ?? Picture: Brian Rossiter ?? Action from Old Richians’ 17-12 win over Coney Hill on Saturday
Picture: Brian Rossiter Action from Old Richians’ 17-12 win over Coney Hill on Saturday

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