MATCH REPORT: Castle Cary 1st XV 34, North Petherton 2nd XV 10
Castle Cary 1st XV produced a six-try bonus-point victory over North Petherton 2nd XV to ensure they will finish 2013 top of Tribute Somerset 1.
As with most teams that played on Saturday, a miserable and very windy afternoon caused problems for both sides.
Cary started off in bullish fashion at scrum time and turned over a number of opposition feeds as they exerted their dominance. Number eight and captain Tony Reynolds went over for two tries in the first 25 minutes, with one converted by Phil Wake.
The home side had chances to score a few more but a combination of the wind, last-ditch tackles and handling errors made sure Petherton stayed in the game.
In the last five minutes of the first half, Reynolds was tackled after a strong run but managed to offload from the ground to onrushing hooker Jordan Smith, who outsprinted the winger to go over in the corner for a 17-0 lead at the interval.
Cary played up the slope in the second half but, after a great catch from the kick-off, they kept the pressure on the Petherton defence.
After a number of penalties and phases, Reynolds made a break and popped the ball to Chris Hurd, who charged over for an unconverted try.
The scoring did not stop there as flanker Richard Johnston went over under the posts after a tremendous scrum, with Wake adding the conversion.
Petherton hit back and concerted pressure saw them go over for the first of two tries, in between a Cary score from Phil Wake following a pass from brother Chris.
Meanwhile, Castle Cary 2nd XV defeated Wells 3rd XV 37-7 with tries from Matt Pullen, Dave Flak, Bill Evans, Jimmer Atkins, Craig Rossiter, Kev Drogan and Brett White, rounding off a great day following the President’s Christmas Lunch.
Cary 1st XV host Longlevens in the RFU Junior Vase on Saturday (2pm).