RUGBY: Cricklade cruising towards promotion
1:31pm Thursday 27th March 2014 in Sport
Dorset & Wilts Div Two North.
Royal Wootton Bassett 3.
CRICKLADE began their onslaught on near-neighbours Bassett from the first minute and didn’t rest until the final whistle blew.
Bassett fielded a number of Colts but the comprehensive win means that Crickalde can almost touch promotion.
In the first half, Cricklade outplayed the visitors and restricted them to one penalty opportunity which with the wind in their favour they secured.
The home team, however, would have been out of sight had the strong headwind not foiled their kickers Rhys Mills, Danny Lloyd and Nick Bond who all had a go, but failed.
The remainder of their game was spot on – scrums and line-outs worked well, clearing out at the breakdown was awesome and the handling secure.
Rob Lindsay opened the scoring after about eight minutes. Wayne Anderson trotted in with the second and although the visitors slotted their penalty, Craig Gardiner restored the difference.
Bassett were no pushovers but the home team was too strong and as half-time approached Mills added another try.
With the wind, Cricklade were even more dominant in the second half.
Play moved up and down the pitch, but Cricklade’s line was never really in danger and bit by bit the advantage swung their way.
Arron Watkins added the first and Lewis Palmer ran in what was to be the first of a hat-trick of tries.
Stuart Johnson continued his steady contribution of the past few weeks and Matt Blackburn added to his fine all-round display with a stylish try.
Lindsay scored his second of the day, but that was eclipsed by two stunners from Palmer, the second being a terrific interception deep in his own half and a sprint to the far goal line.
A terrific effort was spoilt only by some disappointing kicking – only two conversions were bagged.
Cricklade look unchallenged in second spot in the table which should ensure promotion back to the D&W Div One North.