It was a high scoring game at Oakfields, Melksham RFC on Saturday but Bath were good enough to get their first victory of the season with a 36-32 home win against Cheltenham Phoenix and will be hoping to use this win as a springboard to climb up the table.
Cheltenham got off the mark first with a converted try, but captain Ben Shedwick and George Frost went over for some quick fire tries, with Frost’s converted by half back Morgan Lewis, then blockbusting forward Brandon Ball went over out wide for a further unconverted try taking Bath to 14-6 ahead but Cheltenham managed to sneak a further converted try just before half time for a half time score of 14-12, a very narrow and nervous lead for Bath.
Bath stepped up a gear in the 3rd quarter in a game which was played in 4 quarters due to the warm weather. Ben Thyer making his seasoned debut was first on the score sheet in the second half making a break on half way and going in under the sticks, 20-12 to Bath with Morgan Lewis successful conversion. Shortly after this Ben Thyer made another break, before feeding back Kieran Broomsgrove for his first West of England League try again successful converted by Morgan Lewis, 26-12 to Bath. It looked like Bath could pull away at this point, but Cheltenham got another try back to stay in the game, 26-16. This time it was half back Morgan Lewis turn to make a break going over near the sticks for player-coach on this occasion Matt Bodey landing the conversion playing his first game of the season after a long injury lay off. Again Cheltenham came back into the game with two unconverted tries, 32-22 to Bath. Captain Ben Shedwick hoped he had made the game safe with the final Bath score of the game but Cheltenham kept the pressure on with two tries one of which converted for a nervy finish for Bath but they held out for victory.
A club spokesperson said “We are hoping the lads grow in confidence after this victory, and it is used as a building block to climb up the West of England League table and finish with a flourish, we need to focus on putting 9 or 10 out of 10 performances for the remainder of the season”
We look forward to Saturday with one of the longer trips of the season visiting Reading Raiders.
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Photographs (Courtesy of Roger Rhymes & Giovanna Marino)