Spirited Hornets crash at Old Centralians

PUBLISHED: 09:26 13 January 2012

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Hornets produced a spirited performance at Old Centralians, but still went down to defeat.

HORNETS made a lonely journey to Gloucester with little support, but produced one of their best performances in recent weeks.

However, as with earlier matches, it was definitely a case of what might have been, with several opportunities to score from the boot going astray.

The deadlock was broken after 11 minutes with the hosts scoring their first try from deep in their own half following a well rehearsed attacking play.

With both sides looking to play an expansive game there were many chances at either end, but it was 20 minutes before the next score. Again it fell to Old Centralians, with an almost carbon copy of the first, before being touched down and converted.

Facing a 14 point deficit, things got worse for Hornets just before the break as they lost Matt Cornish to the sin bin. This led to the home side’s third try when a loose pass was picked up by the extra man in the Old Cents back line and he raced up field to score under the posts.

Where in recent matches Hornets heads have dropped when their opponents have taken the lead, on this occasion it acted as a catalyst for them. They were now in the ascendancy and with the reintroduction of Cornish looked dangerous in all areas.

Two minutes later they scored their first try and Cornish started to make amends for his earlier infringement as he found a gap in the defence and raced through. Unfortunately the conversion was missed, but six minutes later he was through again.

A further opportunity came, but Sam Lloyd-Jones hit the post with a penalty attempt.

Centralians finished the scoring when they drove into Hornets territory and were awarded a penalty which extended their lead.

The side are hoping for a return to winning ways at home to Yatton on Saturday. Kick-off is 2.30pm.

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