Hemming's hat-trick sees Cents punish Cheltenham
CHELTENHAM 17 OLD CENTRALIANS 31
OLD Centralians proved too strong for county rivals Cheltenham at the Prince Of Wales Stadium, writes Derek Clifford.
The visitors opened the scoring after 13 minutes with a Liam Hemming try and touchline conversion.
Cheltenham hit back in the 24th minute with Colt wing Harrison Sayer sprinting 60 metres for a unconverted try.
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The South West One East game continued in seesaw fashion as both sides looked to force an opening.
But it was Old Cents' full-back Lee May who extended their lead to 14-5 with a try which Hemming converted.
Cheltenham were reduced to 14 men just before the half-time break when in-form centre Adam Dobie was shown a yellow card.
Old Cents extended their lead to 19-5 when replacement Steve Price charged down a clearance to grab an unconverted try.
After 46 minutes, Hemming extended Old Cents' lead to 24-5 with a unconverted try.
Old Cents were reduced to 14 men when May was shown a yellow card for a high tackle in the 58th minute.
Old Cents continued to dominate and in the 66th minute Hemming completed his try hat-trick with a converted score.
After 75 minutes, Cheltenham scored a second unconverted try when Dobie touched down.
Cheltenham, to their credit, continued to battle and they grabbed a late try from Ryan Hill, converted by Mark Whitney.