Stroud 51 Old Bristolians 13

Having had to cancel the previous week’s game at Fromehall Park due to poor weather, Stroud were desperate to continue their winning streak and were delighted to get good conditions to welcome Old Bristolians on Saturday, writes Russ Hillier.

Their happiness, however, was short lived when the visitors intercepted a pass within two minutes of the kick off to register the first try accordingly. Stroud responded immediately when some fine interplay saw Sam Hester jink his way over the line to make the score 5 points each within the first five minutes of the game. Following a penalty kicked by the Old Bristolians Stroud came back strongly to register a crash over try by Regan Herbert and followed almost immediately by a fine chip and chase by Joe Ashenford to make the score 17 points to 8 points.

Play was fluctuating from end-to-end and Old Bristolians recorded a further try following a catch and drive from a line out making the score 17/13. Stroud reacted immediately with a typical barn storming try from Stewart Hendrey try, converted by Kurtis Herbert to make the score at half-time 24/13 to the hosts.

It was soon apparent that the Stroud pack was now in full command and there now followed some excellent interplay between forwards and backs resulting in Jacob Marsh running in three well executed tries in succession – none unfortunately converted. Now on a roll and again playing with confidence and skill, the home team added two further tries from Kurtis Herbert and finally Hester, with the latter also converted to make the final score 51-13 to the Blue and Whites and send the supporters home with another bonus point and a further week at the top of the table.