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Match Report - Luctonians 8 - Dings Crusaders 17

Match Report - Luctonians 8 - Dings Crusaders 17

Baz Johnson25 Feb - 11:58
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Match Report: Josh Thomas - Weston Mercury POTM: George Boulton (Dings)

The ball is still in Lucs' court. All we can do is keep the pressure on.
- Luke Arscott - Head Coach

Dings Crusaders closed the gap on table-toppers Luctonians with a hard-fought win at Mortimer Park
The Crusaders came from behind to make it su 15 games unbeaten, narrowing Lucs' lead at the summit to 2 points.
The hosts drew first blood through Owen Randell's penalty after 25 minutes.
But Dings weren't behind for long, taking the lead 5 minutes later

Some quick handling saw them rip through the shell-shocked Lucs defence, Matt Smith passing the ball to Jimmy Halliwell to score
Sam Worsley converting, Dings 7-3 ahead at half-time
Dings extended their lead seven minutes after the break when Oscar Lennon picked up a loose ball from Lucs' Archie Benson using the freedom of the whole field to cross the line
Resurgent Lucs' came back and would have scored, but for a superb try-saving tackle from Worsley
However, Luctonians did grab one back after Ben Link intercepted a Dings mistake to score to jubilant celebrations from the vocal home crowd
But Dings had the final say when they scored the try of the match in the 68th minute
Worsley found George Bolton, a kick over to Tom Hargan, who dived over in the corner to maintain Dings' impressive run without defeat
"If someone offered me 4 points before the game, I would have definitely taken it," Luke Arscott (Head Coach) said
"The ball is still in Lucs' court. All we can do is keep the pressure on.
We just have to look after our own results. But if they did the same we can't catch them. So, we will be just looking at our next game (against
Bournville), trying to look after ourselves and play as best as we can
It was what you expect from a top of the table clash. It was edgy, it was nervous, the pitch didn't lend itself for great rugby
It was a very attritional game and two good forward packs going at it
Fortunately for us, we came off on the right side of the result
We haven't lost since September. We have let a couple of points slip here and there and that could be the difference at the end of the day".

On the club's impressive unbeaten run, he added: "Everyone wants to win games of rugby and to go 15 unbeaten is no small effort on the boys' part."

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