FOLLOWING three successive league losses, Gordano travelled to Imperial in determined mood to get their Somerset Premier League campaign back on track.
With several changes, the back line in particular had an experimental feel to it, but one with lots of promise and an average age of just 21.
There were some older heads in the pack that brought their experience to bear. Sean Coles, Marcus Stratton and Andre Bailey certainly brought plenty of experience to the pack, which would be needed against a determined and tough opposition.
Although Imperial are currently at the bottom of the league table, they have upset some more lofty opponents this season and Gordano were not taking the task lightly.
The early exchanges were tight and it was not until the 20th minute that Gordano’s young guns began to really show what they could do when delivered with quick ball. Somerset Under-20 centre, Joe Rowsall made an outside break to create space for Lee Worgan to canter over in the corner for the first of the flanker’s two tries. Nino Toto, making his first 1st XV start at hooker was next to score two minutes later when he showed a good turn of pace to exploit a gap. Toto was another to score two tries in the game.
When Lee Worgan crossed again on the half hour mark the game was finished as a real contest and the challenge was how many tries Gordano would score to help their points difference tally. Young wing Elliot Hanscombe was next to cross the line to gain the try bonus point.
To Imperial’s credit they scored a consolation try in the last play of the game. Although they were completely outplayed by Gordano’s faster game plan, they never stopped trying and this final score was no less than they deserved.
In all Gordano scored 11 tries with Rowsall adding seven conversions to make the score 69-5. Try scorers were: Lee Worgan (2), Nino Toto (2), Elliot Hanscombe (2), Chris McCallum (2), Joe Rowsall and man of the match Owen Abbott (2).
Gordano 2nds remain at the top of Somerset 2 North despite not playing on Saturday. Their opponents, Clevedon 3rds could not raise a side so conceded the points.
Gordano are in action tonight when they travel to Winscombe in the Somerset Vase. Gordano won this competition last year and are taking a strong squad with every intention of repeating last year’s success.
Gordano entertain Weston on Saturday and the 2nds travel to Hornets for a top of the table clash.