Cheltenham Ladies get back to winning ways
Cheltenham ladies retained their unbeaten league run on Saturday with a gritty win over 3rd Place Hove. After the disappointment of a 27-26 loss in the cup last week against Bristol, the Tiger ladies were keen to get back to winning ways.
Cheltenham made an impressive start, moving the ball from width to width, which saw winger Suzie Walker make an early break. After a good period of possession, the Tigers capitalised with a try from captain Jess Elbeck, which was converted by Emma Mundy.
Jess Elbeck Scoring
The conditions were tough, with a strong wind and after a series of unforced errors, Hove had a long period of possession in the Cheltenham 22. The away side manged to go over from a clever set piece play off a 5-metre scrum. It was unconverted and the score was 7-5 to Cheltenham.
Whenever Cheltenham could move Hove’s big forward pack around, they made inroads and again after some great phase play and ball retention, Bryony Narbeth went over in the corner to take the score to 12-5. Hove managed to get a try back before the half ended with their pacey outside centre putting away the winger to score their 2nd unconverted score. The half ended at 12-10.
The 2nd half was rather disappointing for the tigers who made a lot more handling errors than they are used to and unfortunately didn’t capitalise on periods of territory and possession. Becky Wilson was very unlucky not to be awarded a try after the referee blew up for an injury just as she crossed the line. However he went back for the penalty and Emma Mundy took the score to 15-10.
After some brave tackles and great defensive sets, in particular from Alix Davis, Jess Elbeck and Maddie Massey, Cheltenham got back possession and kicked to touch to end the game 15-10.
Although the overall performance left a lot to be desired, the Tigers remain unbeaten and 7 points clear at the top of the league.