NEWENT shrugged off last week’s defeat at Whitehall with a high-octane performance against Painswick.
With George Phelps returning from injury, Barney Goatley moved from the openside to left wing, where he made an immediate impact with a hat-trick of tries in the first ten minutes; each time finishing a sweeping move.
Newent added two more tries before the end of the first quarter; full-back Richard Merrett getting on the end of another flowing move before outside centre Charlie Gellert finished the next attack by touching down beneath the posts.
With Ross Webb adding three conversions, Newent were out of sight at 31-0 after 19 minutes.
James Dean limped off with an ankle injury but replacement Tommy Devries made the most of his opportunity and crossed for a try.
He then started a counter attack which was well finished by Goatley, claiming his fourth and his team’s seventh trywithin the first half hour.
Fred Nottingham made a key incision behind defensive lines, finished by Richard Merrett in the right hand corner. Ross Webb’s fine kick from the touchline made the score 50-0 at half time.
The second half was something of an anti-climax, as Newent became less cohesive and Painswick set about with much more resolve and came close but poor handling let them down.
Phelps, relishing his return to action, claimed Newent’s ninth try with a trademark rampage early in the second half.
Newent rediscovered something of their best selves in the last 15 minutes of the game.
Devries was held up over the line after a good break and the resultant five metre scrum produced a pushover try, Phelps claiming the touchdown.
Devries scored the next try and then with the last play of the match Chris Steward fed Will Mansfield for the simplest of run-ins, capping an assured performance back in his old position of fly half, and Webb converted.
Newent: R Merrett, J Harkness, C Gellert, R Webb, B Goatley, W Mansfield, J Dean, M Morris, L Williams, C Steward, T Veale (cap.), L Marriott, F Nottingham, G Phelps, J Duffin. Subs: T Devries, J Meek, T Freeman.
Newent II 26 Stags 19
Cinderford opened up an early lead with tries from Micky Jelf and Chris Morse before Newent hit back with tries from prop Dave Boon and scrum half Gary Smeaton. Three penalties and a conversion from the prodigious boot of young fly half Rory Gunning gave Newent a 23-12 lead, before Lewis Smith finished a good handling move and Ryan Walden converted to put the visitors right back in the game. Another penalty from Rory Gunning steadied Newent nerves and they held on to win.