Sodbury mid-table after two defeats in three matches
After a perfect November for Chipping Sodbury, December was much more of a mixed bag.
An 18-12 defeat at Old Bristolians - their second in December after a narrow reverse to Gordano earlier - has left Sodbury in danger of being cast adrift from the leaders in the Tribute Western Counties North League.
Sodbury will be hoping to get back to winning ways with a home match against Old Richians next up on January 5. Sodbury will be hoping to tap into the kind of performance that saw them beat promotion chasing Matson 35-12 in their one win in December.
A flurry of early cards saw Sodbury receive three yellows and Matson one, along with a red on 55 minutes.
Sodbury scored in just the second minute, with Jon Cook circumnavigating the defence to score in the corner. He converted his own try from the touchline into the swirling wind. Sodbury went on to score four more tries, all of which Cook converted on his way to a 20-point personal haul.
Bradley scored the first, touching down beneath the posts.
Less than ten minutes later, a series of pick and go drives culminated in Swansea varsity star Gareth Hollywell smashing his way over the line for his maiden try in Sodbury colours.
Sodbury were unable to do anything to prevent a Matson try on the cusp of halftime after they engineered a three-on-two round the blindside off a scrum.
Matson were in the points again after five minutes of the second half when they disrupted a 5m defensive Sodbury scrum to score a try from a sitting position.
Sodbury reacted with a quick penalty that found Bradley, who touched down from 20m. Matson were then reduced to 14 but Sodbury were still forced into feverish defence at times.
Cook again was dangerous in attack for Sodbury, swatting away a defender whilst carrying another from 15m out, on his way for his second try.