Cheltenham Civil Service 48 Painswick 18

Painswick slipped to a heavy defeat to league leaders Cheltenham Civil Service.

Painswick started slowly and some weak tackling allowed the home team to score two tries in the first 10 minutes.

A strong run from Mark Eldridge put Painswick on the attack with Tom Powell scoring a penalty.

Civil Service then added a further try until some good structured play from the Painswick forwards led to a further penalty from Powell.

Unfortunately Civil Service stretched their lead with a further try. Another strong run from Eldridge ended in no.8 Russ Thornton storming over for a try converted by Powell leaving Painswick trailing 13-24 at the interval.

Painswick kicked away too much possession allowing the strong running Civil Service backs to run in four further tries.

Substitute Joe Marshall scored a deserved try near the end but Painswick were beaten by a team who were strong in all departments.