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Dogged Stroud too strong for derby rivals Dursley

By The Citizen  |  Posted: April 01, 2014

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Dursley 10 Stroud 38

RELEGATION threatened Dursley had everything to play for in this local derby, but Stroud were too strong,writes Trevor Hodges.

They sprang into action on ten minutes with Sam Leworthy running onto an inside pass after a mazy Pete Sykes run to score under the posts, and convert himself.

It was not long before they were on the board again.

On 15 minutes, Dan Gordan retrieved possession on the halfway line.

After weaving his way through Dursley’s defence to the 22, he threw a deft overhead pass to the supporting Harry Phillips for a clear run to the line for an unconverted try.

On 30 minutes, Stroud progressed deep into Dursley’s half, and the ball squirted out to Gordan.

He pirouetted out of Dursley tackles and placed the ball over the line unopposed, with Leworthy kicking the extras.

Before half-time, Stroud went down to 14 as Chris Jones was sin binned for retaliation, but after the restart Dursley were again on the back foot.

On 45 minutes, Phillips rounded Dursley’s defence for his second try and 24-0 to Stroud.

It seemed floodgates were about to open but Dursley hit back within five minutes following a series of drives that were rewarded with a try close to the touch line.

With Stroud’s pack providing time and space, Gordan was able to show his deft kicking skills, and on 55 minutes put Stroud deep in Dursley’s 22 with a clever kick for Matt Hunt to barge over, and Leworthy to convert.

On 70 minutes, Dursley gifted Stroud a converted try when Foote pounced on a midfield fumble and ran in from the 22. But they never gave up and were rewarded with their second try after Stroud failed to clear their lines.

Stroud face Frampton Cotterell in two weeks which will decide who claims fourth place.

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