1st win away
By joshua stratton
On a beautiful sunny day
On a beautiful sunny day Stroud travelled to Wells with a certain confidence of a victory with the hosts having lost the bigger percentage of their matches leaving them languishing at the bottom of the Western Counties North League and staring possible relegation accordingly.
The hosts soon made it obvious that they were not going to give their opponents an easy ride and, indeed, took the lead within five minutes with a converted penalty. Bulled up with this incentive Wells attacked at every opportunity and forced their visitors to defend desperately so it was with much relief after some 25 minutes that the venture into the host’s territory saw a penalty conversion by Sam Hester bring the score to 3 points each. This, however, was short lived when following some great interplay, Wells regained the lead with a fine unconverted try. With half time approaching Stroud went on the attack that saw Regan Herbert cross near the posts and with Sam Hester converting, take the score to 8 points to 10.
With the pitch slope advantage gone and some bad ball retention discussed during the break Stroud started the second half on the attack and within minutes a bustling run by Regan Herbert saw him barge through four or five would be tackles to register a fine individual try near the posts for Sam Hester to convert. Stroud were now buzzing and some fine interplay culminating with a trademark offload by Dan Gordon saw Jordan Phipps cross for an unconverted try in the corner. Some weak tackling gave Wells, coming down the slope, a chance to score another converted try but this only spurred on the visitors to amass further points with Jordon Phipps scoring an excellent unconverted try in the corner and register a win for Stroud by 27 points to 15 points.
Having been lucky to be ahead at half time Stroud came back to create some great tries and take home the spoils from an entertaining contest.