Liam treble ensures Golds make a sensational start
Uni of Glos All Golds 56 Uni of Northampton 16
THE University of Gloucestershire All Golds got their BUCS Premier South campaign off to a flying start.
They kicked off their campaign under floodlights at their new home ground of Old Cryptians.
The All Golds fielded a strong side that included a number of players that had represented the professional side in their debut Kingstone Press Championship One campaign, and this strength was clear in their performance.
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Cheltenham's very own Sam Coles opened the scoring for the All Golds, darting over from dummy half for the first try of the game.
Danny Fallon, who joins the University of Gloucestershire on a scholarship from Wigan Under-18s, stepped up and calmly bisected the posts for his first of six goals.
Moments later a lovely backline move saw winger Liam Long dance through the defence in mesmeric fashion to cross the whitewash for the All Golds' second try in as many minutes. Once again Fallon kicked the goal.
The ball handling skills on display throughout the game were indicative of the sport, and it was one such demonstration of skill that led to All Golds' academy product Cieran Chester's try.
Chester joined the University of Gloucestershire this year on a scholarship from All Golds feeder college South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, Bristol. A goal-kick by Fallon made it 18-0 to the home side.
The game was barely a quarter old when Gareth Philip-Smith crossed the line for All Golds fourth try of the game, but Fallon was unable to make the goal to leave the score 22-0.
A thundering run by Harry Chapman-Walker saw the Scotland Students international burst through the middle before offloading to Mike Davies for the try. Fallon's goal made the score 28-0 to the All Golds.
After 28 unanswered points the visitors finally managed to get some points on the board with some help from the All Golds defence, scoring two tries in quick succession from right on the line. Neither goal kicks were converted.
However the All Golds were to have the final say, with Liam Long darting over for his second try just before half time.
The All Golds kick-started the second half in style, with George Giles sprinting over from considerable distance. Another fantastic goal by Fallon increased the lead to 38-8.
But Northampton promptly responded with another try to make the score 38-12.
Jamie Crowther, one of the players to have represented the professional side in their debut campaign, helped swing momentum back in the All Golds' favour as he shrugged off a number of players to crash over the whitewash. Fallon converted.
Northampton showed their ability with a fantastic try but it was a case of too little, too late for the visitors who would fail to score again.
New recruit Danny Fallon capped off an excellent performance as he crossed the line from dummy half to add another four points to his tally, with winger Liam Long taking over kicking duties. Long's first attempt was excellent, pushing the score line to 48-16.
The All Golds sealed the deal with what was undoubtedly the move of the match, the ball passing through a series of hands before finding Long who crossed the line for his hat-trick. He converted himself.
All Golds coach Mike Stewart said: "We scored some great tries from the structures put in place.
"We started well from the kick-off, scoring a try, and maintained that intensity for a good half hour, scoring about 30 points in as many minutes.
"Credit where it's due, Northampton came back into it with a couple of tries. That was beneficial to us as the lads had to deal with not having 100 percent possession and conceding penalties, but they came through it well and motivated themselves.
"We've got lots to work on, but it was a great start and a lot of credit has to go to our new lads for such a promising first performance."
All Golds: Dan Cahill, Liam Long, Gareth Philip-Smith, Cieran Chester, George Giles, Ryan Lee, Danny Fallon, Jack Binks, Sam Coles, Ollie Yeats, Jamie Crowther, Jacob Thomas, Ash Haynes, Mike Davies, Harry Champman-Walker, Luke Kell, Adam Tesdale, Chris Zaric.