Author Archives: Mike Crisp

Cheltenham Saracens 41 v 0 Bream

Before this game had taken place Bream were seven places above the Sarries sitting third in the league, but with a victory the places were almost swapped with the Sarries moving to fourth in the table showing how tight the league is.

The game started brightly for the home side and was only minutes old when center Josh Pettifier picked up a loose pass from the bream fly half to race over for the first of the Sarries six try`s. This did not seem to settle the nerves though with next 25 minutes of the game being a scrappy affair, intill inspirational fly half MarcussLatchford taking the opportunity to take an interception on the half way line and race in untouched giving the Sarries a healthy 14 – 0 lead, the end of the first half finished in a fiery fashion with a yellow cards shown to Will Dove and the Bream 2nd row for some mister meaner`s and with the game deep into injury time Latchford slotted a superb penalty from the ten meter line to give the home side a 17 – 0 lead at half time.

After a half time team talk by head coach Pete Buxton the Sarries seemed to up there game and again like the first half it was not long before they got there third try after some great work by the forwards new Sarries signing James Taylor had crossed the line. As the game progressed the Sarries were showing signs of what a good rugby side they can be with excellent combining of forwards and backs and pace and strength, and it was the shear pace of full back Luke Stoneman that left the Bream deffence for dust to score out wide, with Latchford off the pitch young Paul Miles stepped up to take the conversion which sailed over, after this Breams heads went down and it was all Sarries for the rest of the game with captain Nick Hanby and wing Chris Wilkinson scoring the last two try`s to finish off what was a pretty much one sided game.

Chosen Hill 3rd 10 v 41 Cheltenham Saracens

Saracens Seconds took on previously unbeaten Chosen Hill and came home worthy winners. Early exchanges were ferocious with neither side giving way. But it was the Saracens who made the first score following a fine burst from flanker Reid, winger Crombie burst over, converted by young Brad Harris. Chosen hit back with former Gloucester legend Martin Roberts and ex Cinderforf lock Ninny Cuthbert to the fore. Continue reading

Junior Vase Cup – Cheltenham Saracens 31 v 23 Painswick

The Sarries went into this cup game looking to turn the tables on Painswick after losing to them in the league a few weeks previous, and all the hard work that Pete Buxton had put the boys through at training in the week leading up to the game paid off. The game started and finished in a fast and furious pace with only 3 minutes on the clock Painswick had gone in front with a penalty for an offside infringement this however did not dampen the Sarries spirits who almost immediately after going behind came back with a try with some fine footwork by Chris Wilkinson to create enough space for Luke Stoneman to score out wide. Continue reading

C.S.R.F.C 2nds vs Hucclecote RFC 2nd’s

The opening of the new all weather 2nd team pitch was a typically hard fought local derby played out in beautiful conditions for running rugby with the hosts edging a well earned 16 pts to 13pts victory.

A tight first half saw the visitors youthful and enthusiastic side running hard and fast at Sarries for the majority of the 40 minutes. While having significant chunks of territorial advantage and possession, excellent defense by Sarries kept them at bay with some outstanding first up tackling and excellent counter rucking.  Continue reading

Ashley Down 24 v 11 Sarries

Another disappointing away result for the Sarries in game that was there for the taking.

The Sarries started the brighter of the two teams playing down the slope with some excellent line breaking from Hanger and Rogers it wasn`t long before Ashley Down were giving away penalties and after only 2 minutes on the clock Latchford found him self taking his 1st chance at goal which narrowly missed, this did not seem to unsettle the Sarries because only a minute later Latchford found himself taking another shot that was this time on target and that set the tone for the next 10 minutes of the game. Continue reading