Tewkesbury hit back for vital win
WIDDEN OLD BOYS 21 TEWKESBURY 26
A THREE-TRY second-half fightback saw Tewkesbury leapfrog Widden at the foot of Gloucester Premier.
Widden powered into control through two tries, one conversion and two penalties.
Matt Stone claimed a solitary score for the visitors as Widden turned around 18-7 ahead.
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But then Will Hartland, Craig Innocent and Liam Mellor all bagged tries for Tewkesbury – securing a crucial bonus-point victory in the bid to beat the drop.
Widden opened the scoring, but Tewkesbury were quickly level.
Half-back brother James and Ben Bowers created the space, and Stone brushed the cover defence aside to dot down.
Locks Tom Cane and Russell Coleman, and flankers Jason Partridge and Jack Taylor put in some big defensive work next.
But despite that rearguard action, the hosts plundered a second score.
And two penalties ensured they turned around in total control.
But then Tewkesbury got into gear, and Widden could not contain them.
Wing Hartland cut in off his flank and dived beneath the posts for a converted try.
Widden slotted another penalty to maintain a 21-14 lead.
But then number eight Mellor and Eddie Ranson broke the gain line, sending Innocent home for Tewkesbury's third try.
Trailing by two points and with Widden on the attack, Tewkesbury stung their hosts with another score.
Anthony Richards intercepted, raced away and drew the full-back – to send Mellor scampering home to seal the bonus-point.
And the drama was not complete.
Widden launched a huge onslaught – forcing Ben Bowers and Tom Schule to hold the ball up over their own tryline.
That last-ditch try-saving effort signalled the final whistle and big Tewkesbury celebrations.