The Stags bow out of the League 1 Cup

The Stags bow out of the League 1 Cup

20th February 2017


  AFTER forty minutes of this League 1 Cup game there was virtually nothing between the two teams, after eighty minutes there was a chasm! All Golds totally dominated the second half, thanks largely to the performance of their hooker Steve Parry.

 After the opening sets saw play confined to the middle of the park Hemel began to build the pressure on the All Golds line with set after set having to be defended by the visitors. Eventually the pressure told and Hemel took a deserved lead after twenty minutes, a strong run by Reece Williams at prop led to Jono Burns crashing over under the sticks for a try improved by Liam Coe.

A late tackle on Coe after twenty minutes led to a stoppage in play while Coe was treated on the field before he was able to take the kick himself to make the score 8-0 to Hemel. The incident going on report.  The kick off by the All Golds went out on the full and it seemed at this point that they could do nothing right as Hemel continued to dominate but slowly the tide began to turn and the visitors got a foothold in the game on the half hour mark.

A repeat set built the pressure on Hemel, the giant Harry Kidd made the hard yards before Harrison Elliot finished the move with a try. Hyde's conversion pulling the score back to 8-6.   Hemel were still. In the ascendancy at this point but a careless fumble by Marcus Elliott was pounced on by Steve Parry, putting the ball out left for Kislingbury to go in at the corner. Although Hyde missed the conversion Gloucester had talked a lead they were never to surrender.

 Hemel had a "try" by Danny Samuals ruled out for a forward pass and it would be fair to say that most of the 50-50 calls went against them all day.   What was said in the Gloucestershire dressing room at half  Time we will never know but they came out for the second half looking like a different team! Pressure from the off ended with Parry giving the money ball to Alex Gaskell who sold Hemel a dummy to score, Hyde converted to make the score 8-16.

 A penalty to All Golds for ripping was taken quickly, Kidd burst the line, offloaded to Parry who somehow crawled over the line dragging Stags defenders with him. again Hyde converted.  Hemel capitulated from here on as Parry totally dominated the play. Williams scored a well worked try before Parry spun out of 5 tackles as he went across the field, passing to AGORO to finish in the corner. The next try was all Parry when he took the initiative from a penalty on half way, running unopposed to the line as Hemel visibly tired. Hyde was popping over the conversions apart from one difficult one from out wide.

 Ross White almost scored for Hemel in the corner but was just forced into touch but tries from McClean, converted by former Stag Ben Stead, and Kislingbury who galloped 80 yards to touch down finished the scoring for the All Golds. Hemel never gave up though and on the hooter Roddy Jonas scored an unconverted consolation try.

The Stags bow out of the League 1 Cup