Cheltenham Saracens II 44 v 17 Longlevens II

First met second and it was the leaders from Cheltenham who came out winners.

The opening exchanges belonged to the Sarries but no score came forth. Longlevens got back into the game but from a turn over and kick ahead, the Sarries won a penalty which Marcus Latchford converted. This was quickly followed by a fine try from Paul Crombie after a great bust by Paul Grayson. Longlevens hit back with an excellent try from their number 8 in the corner. Latchford then stretched the Sarried leafs with a further penalty making the score 13-5. This looked to be the half time score until a blistering break from Dan Hammond eventually saw Jon Welsh gallop home under the sticks, Latchford converted. Half time 20-5 to the Sarries.

The second half saw more of the same, Latchford added another penalty and then a sweeping move saw Hampton scorch home, Buster in for the tired Latchford converted. 30-5. Sarries then made a series if changes and this saw the best the best period for Levens and this bought tries for their winger and former Sarries skipper Si Barton. The score now stood at 30-17 and the game was back in the balance.

But the scales tipped South of the Golden Valley massive drive by the Sarries pack close to the line and a short pop from skipper Daryll Francis saw Mark Harris crash over. Then came the best individual try of the match with a brilliant show and go from Dean Hobbs saw him storm over. Buster converted both. Sarries 44 Levens 17

Wtiter’s man if the match; very difficult this week, every Sarries player played their part. Special mention for Lachan Sharp, Andy Lewis, Paul Grayson and Dean Hobbs, but just shading it Jon “scouse” Welsh who was superb.

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