1st XV v Widden 14th December

Following a hard fought loss from the weekend before, the Sarries were keen to put some points on the board this week, however the weather changed the Saracens game plan, with another strong team sheet the Saracens kicked off.
Kicking off into the wind Saracens looked strong however giving a lot of penalties away Widden kicked for the corners taking full advantage of the wind. The Sarries battled hard however a similar start to last week Widden went over for a try with a maul from the line out, unconverted. This was expected from the start so the Saracens went back to work with some solid defense. However Widden causing problems at the break down again and again putting pressure on the Sarries. Eventually a rush defense from the Saracens backs caused Widdens midfield to drop the ball however this went backwards and some slick footballing Widden kicked the ball through the gap and went over for lucky try. Again unconverted. Saracens went into the 2nd half confident only being down 0-10 against the wind.
After going back through the game plan and with Wayne Smallman back on the pitch from a slight head injury from the first half the Saracens went to work stringing phases together allowing the ball to shift wide for winger Wayne Smallman to gain yards and pop the ball back inside to Barrett over the line. Unconverted 5-10. Again from the restart Saracens worked hard to put phases together another break and some great hands and support play taken from the training ground, work horse Scott Rowe went over for a try, Unconverted 10-10. In the midst of the try a Widden player was Sin Binned for a clear trip on Dom Richardson.
Back from the restart both sides battled to gain territory with the wind dying, Widden decide to kick but failed to make touch allowing ever dangerous Sam Rimmer to slice through Widden like a soft Christmas cheese, scoring under the posts this was easily converted by Latchford 17-10. The second half looked to be all Saracens turning up the pressure and Widden now giving the penalties away in front of the posts for offside Latchford easily kicked the points 20-10. With the strong Widden center back on the pitch it allowed them to shift the ball out wide and with a very strong finish breaking 3 tackles went over unconverted this was to be the last points of the game finishing 20-15.
Cheltenham Saracens dropped to 3rd due to point’s difference; however a much needed win going into a well-deserved Christmas ready for the new year!
MOM awarded to Richard Coleman winning a day’s hospitality at Gloucester RFC with thanks going to Dave Henderson supplying a box, food and beverages to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd team Man of the Matches for Saracens.

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