North Bristol 16 Dursley 40

DURSLEY continued their climb up the table with a scintillating display at North Bristol, writes Ian Perrett.

Earlier, it was North Bristol who posted the first score with a penalty award for pulling down the scrum. However, Dursley took a lead they never relinquished on seven minutes with a sniping try from scrum half Pinker. They extended their leave on 22 minutes following some excellent phases of play coupled with tantalising handling from Neville which saw Goodinson over 15 metres in, Boucher adding the two points.

North pulled five points back six minutes later when a catch and drive at the lineout saw them over in the corner for an 8-14 lead.

Dursley produced a total rugby team try when they moved the ball from their five metre line across the pitch twice for Plumridge to offload out the back to Chappell who did the same to Pinker who crossed for his brace, Boucher added two more points for 8-21. A penalty in front of the posts after 37 minutes reduced the deficit to 10 points, this was added to on half time when North crossed in the corner for a half time score of 16-21.

Dursley extended their lead eight minutes into the second half when following six minutes of scrumming a penalty try was awarded for picking up the ball as Dursley were about to push over the line. Dursley were now playing with freedom as they spread the forwards won ball across the pitch, Caddick was making tremendous barnstorming runs, assisted by Cole who tackled anything that moved, debutant Neville showed what a prospect he is with handling skills beyond his 18 years. The visitors pack once again proved too hot to handle in the scrum as they drove over on 75 minutes for Camm to score, Boucher added the two points. Dursley weren’t finished as four minutes later a well taken high ball by Pinker released Neville who made the hard yards to off load to Goodinson to grab his brace in the corner for a final score of 16-40 to Dursley.