STROUD U14s finished a memorable season with a cup final defeat against champions Clifton.

Earlier, Stroud were unbeaten in their cup pool group – the highlight being a drop goal winner against Cinderford.

They won their quarter-final over Cheltenham Old Pats and the semi-final was a nerve-jangling 12-5 victory over Minchinhampton.

In the final, Clifton were 28-0 up after 15 minutes due to a combination of fantastic play and missed tackles. Stroud came back strongly in the last 10 minutes of the first period and dominated possession in the Clifton half and were unlucky not to score.

The second-half was character defining with great effort and skill shown by all the players to dig deep and make the remainder of the game a joy to watch.

Stroud’s only try came as centre Tom Samak weaved down the right wing and was tackled on the line.

The forwards and backs then combined well to keep the ball alive and work it across the pitch to Keyan Littleton who scored in the left corner. Other chances were created but Clifton defended strongly and were worthy champions. They scored three more tries to make the final score 43-5, but the score was not representative of the game.

Stroud had done themselves, and the town, proud with their determined and talented performance under immense pressure from perennial champions Clifton.

It was a fantastic day out and a celebration of a tremendous season of 17 wins and only three losses. Led by captain Will Hammonds and his excellent kicking the team has grown in skills, strength and confidence with a powerful forward pack and a dynamic set of backs.

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