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Hucclecote 25-10 Frampton Cotterell

A brace from Bard Harris helped Hucclecote to a positive return from the Christmas break, beating Frampton Cotterell 25-10 on Saturday afternoon.

Hucclecote set the early pace against the Gloucester Premier’s bottom side, Alex McEwan scoring after just two minutes following some good play to establish an early five-point lead.

The second followed in the 10th minute as Brad Harris was played by Patrick Hanslow in on the inside to run in unopposed and score his side’s second. He converted his own score to make it 12-0.

After this early spell of pressure from the hosts, the visitors worked their way back into the game and bagged a deserved try of their own after 15 minutes following a good spell of possession in the hosts’ “22. This cut the hosts’ advantage to seven-points.

On the half-hour mark the hosts restored their lead with a sensational try. Good Hucclecote hands brought the ball forward from inside their own “22 and they ran the length of the pitch before James Price finished superbly in the corner to restore his side’s 12-point lead.

Straight after the break the hosts were back on the front foot. Harris scored well in the corner in the 41st minute to secure his brace and the bonus-point and all-but put the game to bed.

The away side would not lie down though and continued to dominate possession. They were rewarded for their efforts in the 50th minute as they scored their second try following a dominant scrum and subsequent driving maul. This made the score 22-10.

A late Hucclecote penalty made the final score 25-10 and sees Andy Phillips’ side remain second in the Gloucester Premier. Meanwhile, Frampton Cotterell remain rooted to the bottom of the table.

Speaking after the game, Phillips praised his side, he said: “We’re delighted with the win and especially getting the five points but more importantly it was a tough game.

“Frampton were really strong up front and it was good to have a really honest game in sticky conditions which bodes well for the rest of the season hopefully.”

Blindside flanker Patrick Hanslow, who was instrumental in two of the hosts’ tries also expressed his pleasure at the win, he explained: “We haven’t played since before Christmas so to come back, especially at home, and get the five points is great for us.”

Hucclecote’s next fixture is away to tenth placed Gordon League and will next play at home in what is sure to be a hotly contested clash with Longlevens on the 11th February.

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