Cirencester 1XV 20 − 24 Dursley 1XV
Cirencester had only themselves to blame after a poor opening thirty minutes gave them too much to do against a well organised Dursley side.
Dursley started well and raced into a 16 point lead through two well taken tries and a converted penalty. Cirencester’s attitude changed on the half-hour mark with winger Sean Pritchard-Nash crossing the whitewash 5-16 at HT.
Starting the second half smartly a penalty kick from Mike Howell added a further three points with the boot following a Dursley infringement 8-16.
The away side then hit back with a penalty and an unconverted try of their own to stretch the lead to 16 points 8-24.
Ciren had lost Zeb Waite to a nasty elbow injury but they never gave up the fight and strong running from Man-of-the-Match Sean Beech and the rest of the forward pack led to captain Oli Newman scampering over for a converted score 15-24.
The home side now had the bit between their teeth, going close to scoring a number of times before eventually touching down out wide through veteran Alex Hammond. The extras were missed leaving Ciren needing a try to win the match, time was not on their side however and the final whistle sounded before they could get the winning score 20-24.
A frustrating afternoon for the Whiteway men who hope to bounce back away at North Bristol next week FT 20-24.
Cirencester sits in fourth place with just 8 points between 2nd and 4 off 3rd positions.
The push for promotion continues this weekend on the road at North Bristol.
Meanwhile on pitch 2 Cirencester 2XV posted an admirable 33-17 win against a strong, resilient Minchinhampton 2nds which pretty much secures Ciren's Gloucester DL 2 win of the season.