Stroud’s winning run comes to a halt
By joshua stratton
Up against a strong and well organised Avonmouth team Stroud won the lion’s share of the ball but were not able to capitalise on their superior possession.
Up against a strong and well organised Avonmouth team Stroud won the lion’s share of the ball but were not able to capitalise on their superior possession. Once again the Stroud pack showed their set piece skills, being very solid in the scrum and the lineout play went largely to plan . Stroud’s backs were forceful but Avonmouth were little bit more creative particularly in midfield where their fly half and centres conjured up many breaks.Writes Sean Moore.
Avonmouth took an early lead with a penalty goal 0-3 but Sroud came close to scoring on several occasions but were often thwarted by unforced errors. Avonmouth increased their lead when a kick ahead was not dealt with and the winger was able to touch down in the corner 0-8. Stroud reduced the deficit when Dan Gordon secured loose ball and cleverly passed to Sam Leworthy who had a long way to go to the line and just held off the Avonmouth winger to touchdown for a great try near the posts. Hester converted 7-11. Stroud raised their game and both Pete Sykes and Rob Higgins came close to scoring. A strong subs bench of Fruin, Flanagan and Foote joined the fray and all contributed well with Flanagan looking very much at home on the wing and Charlie Foote coming close to scoring on several occasions.
Avonmouth’s strong young winger made a long break but Gordon was cleverly able to close his options down and tackled him into the corner just short of the line. Avonmouth however scored two tries in quick sucession and took a commanding lead of 7 -23. Stroud however did not buckle and responded well with two excellent tries by Sam Hester . The first followed a typical break by Dan Gordon and the second came after a prolonged assault on the Avonmouth line by a dominant Stroud pack. This final trial was superbly converted from the touchline to keep Stroud in with a chance but it was not to be.
The final score of 19-26 was just about right and Stroud will be pleased with their losing bonus point. Stroud could not be faulted for their effort, character or skill