Local derby between Coney Hill and Old Cents is cancelled
THE South West One East local derby between Old Centralians and Coney Hill at Saintbridge on Saturday has been cancelled.
The Metz Way outfit are serving a club ban for acquiring more than five red cards this season with the entire club’s various teams seeing all of their fixtures being called off.
Hill’s director of rugby Trevor Lewis says it is unfortunate that the ban happens to fall on the weekend of the biggest game of the season between the two near neighbours.
“We want to play against our local rivals because we look forward to it and I know a lot of people in Gloucester look forward to it,” said Lewis.
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“Our highest attendance this season was when we played them at our place so we were looking forward to playing them but unfortunately this ban is in force this weekend.
“What our senior players have got to remember is that we have a fantastic junior section and they have got to set the standard for our junior section.
“We will have a little get together on Saturday instead because we have the Combination Cup coming up so we have got to have a bit of unity ahead of that.”
As a result the maximum outcome for the match, five points for a bonus-point win, will be handed to the Slimbridge men which will help their push for promotion.
Old Cents were equally as disappointed that the fixture has not gone ahead with team manager Steve Preece saying that he can go watch his son jack play for Cinderfod against Esher now.
“We were in a similar situation a few years ago but luckily we just received a warning,” said Preece.