Cainscross 12 Painswick 34

CAINSCROSS entertained Painswick in a feisty derby duel at Victory Park, this being the first league meeting in 17 years.

Painswick started brightly with their backs showing good skills and scoring and early try out wide.

This spurred Cainscross into life and a lovely chip into the corner by Carter led to a five metre scrum and the hosts turned the screw with Watt dabbing down for his first try.

Painswick hit back almost immediately with an interception try as Cainscross forced the play a little too much.

Field position gained led to another five metre scrum and another push over for Watt.

However, after an even first half ,Painswick used the hill to their advantage in the second period, scoring out wide early on.

Despite some good handling skills Cainscross couldn’t get their backs going, as they had in previous games, and struggled to get a foothold as they were pinned back in the corners by good tactical kicking.

However, their tenacious defence was epitomised by Mudway who seemingly appeared at every breakdown.

Painswick furthered their try tally with another well worked try out wide.

Cainscross just couldn’t get out of their half and the move of the match was halted as Churchill pulled up with what seemed like a serious injury.

The match was a proper old school derby with Painswick earning a well-deserved win.

Cainscross will next play in the league at Tetbury on November 25.

All pictures by Simon Pizzey