Gloucester Premier: Dursley 12 Tewkesbury 25
8:00pm Thursday 19th September 2013 in Sport
DURSLEY started their second season in Gloucester Premier with a home defeat against Tewkesbury.
The Dursley front five of Darren Noble, Alex Budd, Ed Scott-Bowden, Jake Martin and Craig Roberts put in a strong first scrum and the lineout was working well but Tewkesbury went 17 points ahead in the first 15 minutes from a penalty and two converted tries.
Dursley had their first chance of points at the 20-minute mark with a penalty just short of the half way line but fly half Grant Boucher was unlucky to skim wide of the posts.
From a solid scrum in the middle of the park and good link-up between No 8 Tom Stevens and scrum half Joe McGough the ball was picked up by full back Tom Broomfield, who sent a perfectly placed chip over the top of the Tewkesbury defence that was collected by Olli Winterbottom to score in the corner.
Boucher fell just short with his difficult conversion attempt. With seven minutes left to go in the first half Tewkesbury added another three points from a simple penalty in front of the posts and the first half finished at 5-20.
Dursley started the second half with more intensity and were awarded a penalty after seven minutes which didn’t quite have the legs from Boucher.
After 51 minutes from a quick tap penalty on the Tewkesbury five metre line, Dursley put the ball through the hands for centre Joe Atkins to score with Boucher adding the conversion and closing the gap to 12-20.
Dursley continued to threaten with replacements Jack Rowe making several strong breaks and Rob Camm wreaking havoc at the breakdown but with 10 minutes left to play Tewkesbury added another unconverted try and stretched the gap to 12-25.
Rob Camm was robbed of a scoring chance when he was bundled over the line but he was judged to have been held up.
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