Dursley United showed a good deal of grit and determination against experienced opponents to lift the Stroud Combination Junior Cup.

An experienced Painswick 2nds outfit gave the young Dursley second string plenty to think about, but they eventually pulled away in a superb second half performance to deservedly win 28-13.

Playing with the strong wind in the first half, Dursley managed to exert a lot of pressure, which gave goal-kicking prop Sam Evans an early three points.

Midway through the half centre Joe Atkins gathered a loose ball from a lineout and ran straight through some poor tackling to set up a strong attacking platfor.

After some slick handling flanker Ben Powell went in for the try and Evans added the extras for a 10-0 lead.

Painswick enjoyed a rare foray into Dursley territory and a five metre lineout led to a try.

A Painswick infringement gave Evans another three points and Dursley led 13-5 at half-time.

After considerable pressure, a five metre scrum led Painswick to score wide out, closely followed by a penalty for offside to level terms.

With the more experienced heads in the pack leading the way - Powell, Ben Brinkworth and Mark Perry - Dursley’s younger players took the game by the scruff of the neck, scoring three excellent tries to take the game beyond the red and whites.

First, great hands across the back line saw wing Mike Beswick outstrip the defence to score wide out.

From an attacking five metre scrum, No 8 Perry drove through the defence to make it 23-13.

Finally, pressure at another scrum caused the ball to pop out, and scrum half TJ Case pounced to make it 28-13.

Skipper Dan Gabb said: “We have a great blend of youth and experience in this team and this is no more then they deserve at the end of a cracking season.”

Dursley United: Brink worth, Evans, Tom Barton. Gabb, Jordan Booth, Powell, Perry, Carnaby, Case, Tom Pinker, Josh Owen, Grimes, Atkins, Beswick, Matt Bilous, Lorne Ball, Alan Smith, James Hugginson, Ollie Miekle, Tony Powell.