Chipping Sodbury open account in impressive style

September 28 2015

Sodbury firsts travelled to near neighbours Frampton for their opening fixture of the Gloucester Premier League determined to compete at the highest level.


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Frampton Cotterell 1st XV – 8 Chipping Sodbury 1st XV – 39

Sodbury firsts travelled to near neighbours Frampton for their opening fixture of the Gloucester Premier League determined to compete at the highest level. 

The large home crowd were left stunned into silence as the away side stormed into a 0-17 lead after just 20 minutes. Man of the match Joe Horton opened Sodbury’s account when he used his considerable height to stretch over for a try with only fives minutes on the clock.  Dan Bradley converted. 

The try and the ensuing play with some fine ball handling and a 30m charge by Dave Guest gave Sodbury the confidence to build their next try scoring play.  Phil Player picked up from a 40m scrum and his pounding 20m advance led to three rapid rucks that resulted in the ball finding its way out left to Chris Hamilton who crossed the line after a clever pass by Bradley. 

Tom Farthing left the fray with a deep cut to his head following a head on ankle tackle only to be replaced by Irish whirlwind Dave Telford who tormented Frampton for the rest of the game. 

A speculative grubber kick directed tight down the right wing by Horton from a lineout 40m out was picked up by American Football convert Max Gallagher whose pace won the race to the touchdown for Sodbury’s next try.

The away side found themselves under a penalty advantage during one of Frampton’s rare visits to their half, until after 2 rucks they dropped a goal to open their account. Just 5 minutes later Frampton infringed and Bradley was on hand to capitalise on the pack’s great work with a penalty from the edge of the 22. 

Coach Sean Hodges made sure his team was suitably charged up at half time and sent them out fired up to win the game. His words clearly made an impact as Gallagher scored his second try of the match just two minutes in.  

As the half progressed the Sods found themselves pegged into their own half for long periods with Frampton forcing some scrambling defence from their opponents. Relief from the pressure came following a lineout on halfway when the ball found its way to Horton who carved a straight path through the home defence only to be halted after a brutal 30m dash. The ball was whipped right from the resulting ruck on the 22 and after great skill from Bradley and Player Sevens expert Dave Guest scored the try. 

With the Sods confidence at an all time high the pack set off down the centre of the pitch from 70m out. The backs joined in pulling the Frampton defence left and right until they reached the 22 when Bradley, ignoring an obvious overlap on the right, barged and swerved his way to a try under the posts, which he then converted. 

A late consolation try by the home side with just five minutes to play didn’t take the shine of a superb and thoroughly deserved Sodbury victory.