Relegation battle will continue
Gordon League 15
Widden Old Boys 15
TO THE victors would go the spoils of a relegation battle averted.
Maybe the nerves infiltrated both camps then.
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Perhaps the knowledge that to win would ease passage into next season's Gloucester Premier division put both sides off their stride.
Because try as they might, neither could close out a priceless four points.
Instead, after trailing 15-8 at the break, Widden battled back for the draw – but even then failed with a late drop-goal that could have sealed victory.
Widden broke the deadlock after a smart break from wing Ben Hannis.
He was held up on League's 22, but the visitors recycled possession and Nick Godsell raced over on the left flank.
It took just five minutes for League to level though.
Widden full-back Aaron Tonks' attempted clearance was charged down, and the hosts were first to the loose ball in the in-goal area to claim the equalising score.
League then snatched the lead, with a penalty making the score 8-5.
And then the hosts plundered a second try and conversion, to stretch their lead to 15-8 at the turnaround.
After the break though, Widden were able to exert consistent pressure, with the advantage of the slope.
And 15 minutes into the second period, lock Wayne O'Connor collected a lineout and was driven over in the corner.
Farrell Gwilliam slotted the pressure conversion to level the scores.
As time ticked by both sides battle for openings, but neither could make any attacks count.
Gwilliam snatched at a late drop-goal effort from 40 yards – but it sailed just wide.
So the clash ended with honours even – and now both sides will continue the relegation scrap in their remaining three matches.