The Old Pats overcame a physical North who took an early 12-10 lead with Terry Fanaloua pulling the strings at fly-half. The Pats fitness and togetherness came to the fore in the second half with the scoreboard ticking over consistently. North were disrupted by a number of yellow cards for breakdown infringements with their open side eventually red carded for a second offence.
The Old Pats back-row were outstanding turning over ball with regularity and carrying into the physical North defence to turn momentum in the Pats favour. This resulted in number 8 James Allen scoring 2 tries from short range. The third try was scored by Seamus O’Connor out wide from a well worked overlap and quick hands.
There were plenty of tears on the pitch from the lads after the game when the realisation of the end of an era hit them (that happens every year).
Last but not least, to your lads for a great game. It really was excellent.
I’m glad that we were able to slot in with a good fixture as part of your cup final preparations, I hope that the lads nail the final and bring the cup back to Old Pats.
Lucas Town controlled the game well from fly-half for Old Pats putting people through holes, kicking well from hand and keeping the pace of the game high. He also had a personal tally of 14 points from 1 conversion and 4 penalties.
The score at the final whistle was Cheltenham North 12 – Old Pats 29