1st XV clinch Premier Title – 2nd XV top Reserve League (North 1) – Under 15’s win County Plate
Gloucestershire Premier League: Drybrook 43pts Whitehall nil
The rain teeming down on the Mannings failed to dampen Drybrook’s spirits as they clinched the league title with this comfortable victory.
Whitehall remain the only team to have beaten Drybrook this season, way back at the start of September, but there was to be no repeat this time around and only the conditions saved the visitor’s from a heavier defeat.
Within 5 minutes of the start a catch and drive from a line out led to a try for industrious prop Nick Ovens.
Drybrook kept pressing but handling errors and a couple of forward passes kept the scoring in check until prop Tom Reed bundled over from a similar catch and drive and Tom Treherne added the extras.
Drybrook’s next score came when stand off Ben Large put a clever kick through the gap for winger Sam Peaper to latch on to and score and Treherne added the conversion.
Whitehall were forced to defend a series of attacks but could do nothing to prevent winger
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Andy Bulumakau breaking from half way and the talented winger found skipper Simon Rugman with an inside pass that led to a try under the posts.
Treherne converted and it looked likely that Drybrook would run up a big score when Craig Clarkeclaimed a try, this time down the short side of a line out, but Whitehall rallied to see out the half without any addition to the score line.
Drybrook 31pts Whitehall nil
Whitehall had a good spell at the start of the second half but the deteriorating conditions began to have an effect on both teams.
Eventually Drybrook broke down field with a kick and chase from winger Rorie Day but Whitehall
just managed to keep him out. Drybrook quickly recycled the ball and hooker Craig Clarke drove over near the corner flag.
The second half became littered with mistakes as both teams found it hard to keep hold of the slippery ball but there was just enough time for Drybrook to add one more score.
Fittingly it went to skipper Rugman who has led Drybrook with aplomb this season and the big centre latched on to a dropped pass on the Whitehall line before gathering to score.
Treherne’s successful conversion brought the final whistle and with it the league title celebrations.
Drybrook team; Tom Treherne, Sam Peaper, Simon Rugman(capt), Rorie Day, Andy Bulumakau, Ben Large, Carl Moore, Tom Reed, Craig Clarke, Nick Ovens Marcus Cowles, Rich Cottrell, Danny Price, Lee Ward, Liam Jackson.
Substitutes; Jun Sing Lee, Chris Rawlings, Neil Morgan.
Drybrook United – Gloucestershire Reserve League (North 1) CHAMPIONS
Drybrook United team and officials: Back Row; Clive Boughton, Roger Hale, Connor Hale, Mitch Browning, Peter Meek, Joe Tingle, Adam Swordy, Jim Rugman, Joe James, Frazer McArdell (Club Coach), Nick Rawlings.
Middle Row; Tony Hussey, Craig Boughton, Chris Tingle,(Manager) Andy Milner (Captain), Paul Mason (Chairman), Ryan Dubberley, Ben Warren
Front Row; Jack Davies, Dean Jelf, Tony Suter, John Baynham, Connor Auker-Howlett, Mitch Baldwin.
Drybrook United won the Gloucestershire Reserve League North 1 title without even kicking a ball when ConeyHill pulled out of their scheduled league match at Birch Avenue.
This has been a frustrating league season for Drybrook United with 10 of the scheduled games
being called off by the opposition for one reason or another.
Nevertheless, this takes nothing away from a good campaign by an exciting young team under
the captaincy of Andy Milner and a strong management team of Chris Tingle, Nick Rawlings and Clive Boughton.
The County administrators must now look into the problems being caused by teams not fulfilling fixtures.
Glo’shire RFU Under 15XV Plate Final – Drybrook 22pts Cleve 10pts
Manager Mark Wilcox proudly displaying the GRFU Under 15 Plate winner’s trophy at the Prince of Wales Stadium
Played at the Prince of Wales Stadium, Cheltenham, Drybrook Under 15’s made it a weekend trophy treble for Drybrook with this splendid victory over a spirited Cleve. Drybrook looked to be in control at 22pts – 5pts early in the second half and with the strong wind at their
backs. However Cleve picked up their game with a series of pick and goes that eventually led to a second try and then disaster nearly struck for Drybrook. Skipper Dewi Wilcox was yellow carded and a minute later Nicky Butler was shown red which left Drybrook with 13 players.
The team stuck to their task and managed to keep Cleve out and when Wicox returned they finished strongly and were pressing for another score. For Drybrook Harry Rushworth ( 2), Jake Porter and Ollie Peacey scored tries with Mitchell Giles adding one conversion.