Match Report
Sherborne School Boys-U18B vs  Cheltenham College
On: Saturday, 30 Nov 2019
Venue: at Home

Lost: 21-35

The 2nd XV's season came to an exciting, but ultimately disappointing, end on The Lower on Saturday, going down 21-35 to Cheltenham in a thrilling contest between two well-matched sides. Although either team could have won the game, Sherborne's failure to capitalize on their first half superiority and Cheltenham's more clinical finishing when they were on top in the second period, meant that our visitors were - ultimately - deserved victors.

Sherborne started strongly and were 7-0 up in no time as Charlie Cushing crashed over and Charlie Wills converted, but Cheltenham hit straight back to level the scores before Cushing scored again after a scintillating break from Frey Hopkinson. Back came Cheltenham again, first to even things up and then to take a seven point lead into the interval after some ragged and error-strewn play by the home side gave them an opening. Nonetheless, there was certainly all to play for as the teams turned around.

However, the match hinged on the five minute period after the restart in which Cheltenham scored twice to open up a 21 point margin, which - ultimately - proved too much for Sherborne to overturn. Not that they didn't give it a really good go, though, as Johnno Post scythed through for a brilliant individual score, while Will Austen, Marcus Prest and Wills again showcased their attacking quality. Sadly, though, it proved to be too little too late and, in all fairness, only the most one-eyed of supporters could have begrudged the away side their win: on the day, especially as the game went on, they made the most of their opportunities, rucked brilliantly and rightly came out on top.

So, the 2019 season draws to a close, and with it, the Sherborne rugby careers of a significant number of this team - Freddie Williams, Cushing, Michael Heyman, Alex Norton, Fred Pettifer, Joe Heber, Toby Jones, Hugo Longrigg, Roly Newman, Austen, Rob Hoare and Prest. Whether over two years or five, each has made a tremendous contribution to Sherborne Rugby and - every bit as importantly - they have always represented the School with pride, skill and dignity. I am grateful to them all for their efforts and for their good humour throughout this, and previous, seasons. My gratitude, and that of all the players, must go also to all our hugely loyal and enthusiastic supporters; the many hours spent on the touchline are made so much more enjoyable for your company.

Man of the Match: Jamie Jones - an awesome effort to the very end; the beating heart of the team.

Tries: C Cushing (2), J Post

Conversions: C Wills (3)