Bream II 14 Cheltenham Saracens 53
Cheltenham Saracens concluded their Merit table campaign with a resounding victory over the side from the Forest.
On a warm pleasant spring afternoon but on a pitch more suitable for down hill skiing, the Sarries started the game at a breathless pace. From almost the first play of the match a sweeping move from the backs saw winger Tom Wood fly over in the corner.
Tries rained in for the first 30 minutes as Dom Richardson, Dan loughlin, Martin Prosser and Woods again punished the Bream slap dash defence and with a handful conversions added by Matt Mudway the Sarries led by 31.
Now anyone who knows anything about local rugby knows you rarely travel to the Forest and get everything your own way. So to their credit the Bream boys dug deep and started to rumble forward, this eventually led to a score from close range by their wing forward, who was probably their best player on the day.
Half time 31-7
The second half continued with the Bream side dominating the pattern of play and the Sarries scratching around to find the fluency of the first thirty minutes. Bream scored again as their winger collected a bobbling ball and scorched home. Bream were now sniffing a bit of blood and fairly battered the Sarries line, but were rebuffed by determined Sarries tackling and they just couldn’t score.
After this Bream storm the Sarries regained their composure and form and counter punched the Bream effort with further tries from Gabriel Kim, Andy Lewis, Dave Holmyard and Loughlin again.
As the referee blew no side, it left the Sarries third string to reflect on a season where once again they have challenged and beaten second teams from peer clubs in the county but more importantly honoured all their fixtures a testimony to manager Paul Grayson and a sad rarity in this day and age of grass roots rugby.
Writers MoM: everyone great season boys, now for the cup.