Chipping Sodbury top table with derby win and rout of Old Boys
Chipping Sodbury have maintained their position at the top of the Gloucester Premier League. A midweek win over local rivals Frampton Cotterell 36-10 came after Sodbury scored 71 points against Gloucester Old Boys
Gloucester Old Boys 1st XV – 5 Chipping Sodbury 1st XV – 71
Sodbury made a dream start to this game with a early lineout on the 22. Dave Turner rose above the melee to claim the ball; the pack trundled 10 metres forward then completed two rucks before the ball found Joe Horton who hurtled off his wing to score with a flourish beneath the posts.
Just five minutes later Sodbury were forced to defend their line from a series of lineout drives and conceded a try. It might have heralded a close match, but it wasn’t to be for the home side and Sodbury rallied themselves and started to ooze confidence and class.
Sodbury’s scrum was on fire as they bullied their counterparts at will, making life very uncomfortable for the Old Boys’ scrum-half while providing an armchair ride for their own. Kiddie Sheikh, on debut, steadily grew into the game and by the end was playing with a swagger.
Jason Petchey had the time to resurrect his carrying game along with Dave Guest, both contributing to the move that ended in a try for Niall Kincaid.
As the half drew to a close Sodbury launched an attack from deep in their own half. Matt Cook broke free after some sweet passing had put him in space. He galloped free before giving the ball to pace man Ben Pullen, who was eventually hauled down on the on the Old Boys’ 22. The ruck was completed in the blink of an eye and the ball given to Bradley who made determined progress down a short blindside as he simply outran the cover and cruised in for a try.
From the restart, Sodbury were off hunting once more. Dave Guest loomed into view to join the attack before hitting the ball at pace and cutting away from the scrambling defence to score under the sticks. Jon Cook had converted all four first half tries for a 5 – 28 half-time lead and went on to convert four more in the second half.
In the second minute of the second half, Sodbury found themselves down to 14 due to a yellow card. It didn’t seem to bother them as Gavin Edgar raced 60 metres after receiving the ball from Guest. The resulting scrummage saw the ball into the hands of Jon Cook whose balance carried him through the defence and under the posts for a solo try.
From the restart, Guest then launched a long, flat, probing pass which found Edgar on a charge from full-back. His speed carried him past three defenders for his first try.
The next score was Horton’s second, with Edgar also bagging his second try from another long pass as he hugged the touchline.
From the restart Cook was on hand to finish a pacey probing move with his second try. Just five minutes later, from a lineout on Old Boys’ 22, Bradley struck. He weaved his way majestically through a packed defence for what was a trademark solo try.
Only three of the eleven tries scored were by forwards. The last one was touched down on the right wing by Luke B-S.
This was a comprehensive victory which owed much to Sodbury’s patience, though it also owed much to Jon Cook, who ended with a personal points haul of 26.