Dursley 10 Cirencester 7

DURSLEY gained the bragging rights over local rivals Cirencester, posting their ninth consecutive victory in the process, writes Ian Perrett.

Cirencester opened the scoring when powerful winger Sean Pritchard-Nash raced 60m to score under the posts, with fly-half Mike Howell adding the conversion after 12 minutes.

Dursley pulled three points back on half-time when Boucher converted a penalty in front of the posts.

The second half continued with the willing runs of Dursley’s Caddick and Cole, one such attack saw Goodison heading for the corner until a tackle came in five meters out.

The turning point of the game came when with eighteen minutes left, influential Ciren captain Oliver Gibson made scrambled tackle and whilst on the floor took an accidental knee to the head, knocking him out for significant amount of time, meaning he left the field with the help of the paramedics. The break in the game somewhat broke the Ciren rhythm.

The resulting scrum saw an unbound Cirencester prop stand up voicing that he was unbound, unfortunately he forgot to play to the whistle as the Dursley pack pushed over the line for Camm to score, Boucher added the two points for a 10-7 lead. The game finished in fading light with Dursley managing the final 10 minutes impeccably to cement fourth place in the league.

Ciren had to settle for a losing bonus point, surely the hardest point they have gained all season.