Gloucester Premier

Tewkesbury 29 Dursley 15

DURSLEY avoided finishing bottom, despite losing their final game of the season at Tewkesbury.

The Stinchcombe outfit are now relying on the cascade relegation effect from higher leagues to maintain their Gloucester Premier status.

Tewkesbury started the stronger and the opening minutes saw their forwards drive over for an unconverted try.

This seemed to inspire the Dursley pack and on the 15-minute mark their reward came following a scrum passed along the line for winger Dan Brooks to score in the corner. Fly half Boucher was wide with the conversion.

On 30 minutes an altercation between opposing props saw yellow cards issued for both with Darren Noble forced to spend the final minutes of the half on the sideline.

With five minutes left to play in the half, Tewkesbury scored an uncoverted try in the corner, taking the lead at 10-5.

More strong tackling by Boucher and centre Jack Rowe set up full back Charlie Bennett to run from deep inside his own half to score under the posts for an easy conversion by Boucher, putting Dursley in the lead for the first time.

Five minutes into the second half Tewkesbury made a break, leaving Bennett facing a two-on-one and were rewarded with an uncoverted try, regaining the lead 15-12.

Good work by forwards Scott Udal, Sam Porter and Simon Camm forced a penalty in front of the posts for Boucher to level the score at 15-15.

In a purple patch Tewksbury scored two converted tries in eight minutes to take a 29-15 lead they never relinquished.