Reading make it nine losses in a row for Cheltenham
CHELTENHAM 18 READING 36
CHELTENHAM remain rooted to the bottom of The South West One East league table after a ninth straight defeat as Reading stormed the once fortress-like Prince of Wales stadium, writes Derek Clifford.
Reading took a early lead when Ashley Chapman caught the home defence napping for a unconverted try.
Reading continued to have the upper hand, and after 15 minutes Reading full back Olly Johnson ran in a soft try which Rob Sweeney converted for a 12-0 lead.
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Cheltenham rallied and, after good work from the home pack, centre Adam Dobie sliced through the Reading defence for a try with Ollie Clements converting to reduce the arrears to 12-7.
From the restart, Cheltenham's forwards forced Reading into giving away a penalty which Clements kicked with ease from 43 metres.
The visitors hit back with a Matt Hulland try with Sweeney again on target with the conversion.
However, Cheltenham finished the first half on a high when young fly half Clements kicked a second fine penalty for a 13-19 score at the break.
Within five minutes of the restart, Reading increased their lead by seven points when replacement Sean Lynch caught the Cheltenham defence at sixes and sevens when a garryowen was caught by the Reading flyer for a fourth try, with Sweeney adding the extras.
Despite a short period of Cheltenham pressure it was Reading who scored next after the ball was passed along the line to number eight Jamie Gutteridge who rounded the home back line for the try with Sweeney adding yet another conversion to extend the visitors lead to 33-13.
Cheltenham replied with a unconverted try from Max Hough.
But Reading had the final word with Sweeney capping a fine performance with a well-struck penalty to seal the points.
Cheltenham: Seymour, Bryant, Goatcher, Milne, Hillier, Lait, J Meadows, Athey, Bough, Clements, Morris, Manley, Dobie, M Hough, Reps: Griffin,Tuck,Heath.
Reading: James, J Lynch, Willcock, Chapman, Hulland, MacNaughton, Czermuzka, Gutteridge, Tweedie, Sweeney, Greig, Donnelly, Doriac, Wilko, Johnson. Reps: King, Sutherland, S Lynch.
Referee: Adrian Stephenson Gloucestershire Society.
Star man: Reading's Rob Sweeney.