Drybrook retain Junior Combination Cup against brave stags

Friday 13th May 2022 11:00 am
The Drybrook team celebrate winning the Forest Combination Junior Cup. ()

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Forest Combination Junior Cup

Drybrook United 36-0 Cinderford Stags

DRYBROOK retained the Junior Combination Cup against a determined Cinderford Stags side who fought until the last.

It was a dominant display by Drybrook in front of a large crowd at Bream RFC on Friday night (May 6).

It was always going to be a big ask for Gloucester and District side Stags against a Drybrook side that finished fourth in Gloucestershire One North this season.

Both sides showed huge commitment but Drybrook’s pack was a crucial factor in the Squirrels’ victory.

Drybrook led 10 - 0 at half time and had a couple of scores disallowed - one for a forward pass and one which was held up over the line.

The first half tries were scored by Harry Howard in the centre and hooker Tom Smith.

Drybrook ran in another four tries after the break.

Centre Brad Morgan scored after a a good break from Cuthbert at full back.

With every penalty opportunity being kicked to the corner, second row Cameron Cobbett scored after a good catch and drive.

Scrum half Rhys Gardner broke down the blindside to scored and Man of the Match Mitch Renton knocked down a couple of defenders over for the final score of the game.

The cup was presented to the winning team by the president of the Forest of Dean Combination, Mr Malcolm Dunn.

He also presented medals to both sets of players and to the match officials, referee George Berry from Cheltenham and touch judges Chris Barnard of Mile End and Ian Morris of Gloucester.

Forest Combination chairman Mr Paul Chandler thanked both sides for an entertaining game, the officials and the many people who had turned out to support the competition.

The senior final on Saturday had to be cancelled as Cinderford United were unable to raise a team because of calls-up to the first team for their National One game at Leeds Tykes.

Mr Chandler said: “It will not now be played and Drybrook have been given the walkover.

“We did try to fit it in for next week but at the end of the season people make arrangements.

“The Combination is live and kicking.

“The Combination Cup is what people want and we ask clubs to support it.”

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