Cheltenham Saracens continued their recent good form with a solid win away in the Forest Of Dean at league rivals Bream.
Starting brightly Sarries started the match much the stronger of the 2 sides with good field position and patterns coming through taking a deserved lead with a Jonny Carter penalty after 10minutes. However some poor discipline lead to a spate of soft penalties giving Bream some good field position and their full back took advantage to stroke over an easy penalty bringing them back into the game. Their number 7 then scored a good try from a chip and chase when aided by a kind bounce to outpace a number of chasing defenders meaning Bream took what was a deserved lead of 8-3 into half time.
Having had a chance to re-group Sarries came out of the block’s quickly in the 2nd half putting themselves in good field position and after working a number of good phases created the space out wide for Wayne Smallman to open his account for the year with a well taken finish converted well from an acute angle by Carter. Carter then added a well taken penalty to ease Sarries further in front and the game was secured when Wilkinson went over with 15 mins to go, again Carter adding the extra’s.
Some resolute defence kept Bream out at the death and they ended up deserved winners with a solid away performance to consolidate their position at the top end of the table.
Cheltenham Saracens 2nds 70 Tewkesbury 3rds 3
Cheltenham Saracens 3rds 47 Painswick 3rds 24