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Cheltenham aim to break county duck

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: February 15, 2013

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CHELTENHAM are looking to register their first victory over Gloucestershire opposition this season when they welcome Old Centralians tomorrow.

The Prince of Wales Stadium men have lost both of their fixtures against Gloucester outfit Coney Hill and suffered a 50-13 drubbing at Old Cents earlier in the campaign.

It will be the last time Cheltenham face a local rival this season and coach Darren Morris said they will have their work cut out against South West One East's second-placed team.

"If you were going by the form book then you would say that we probably wouldn't win on Saturday either," said Morris.

"Old Centralians are a great club and they have risen up the ranks in Gloucestershire and have all local boys playing for them, which is fantastic.

"They have achieved a lot this year and so far they are the only team to beat Bracknell, who are top of the table.

"I know last weekend they lost to Bracknell but it was a ding-dong battle at home and it was really close at 12-8."

Cents' top scorer Liam Hemming grabbed 20 points in October's victory and wing Alex Matton scored a hat-trick.

Cheltenham's Oliver Clements kicked eight points and Adam Dobie scored a try.

Hemming will be one player for Cheltenham to look out for, but Morris said the physical game head coach Jack Preece has instilled in them makes them dangerous.

Prior to Cents' narrow defeat against Bracknell last week, they had won 15 games in a row and Morris said they will want to get back to winning ways tomorrow.

"Physically they bring a lot to the table and they are a well organised team and they have proved that with where they are in the league," he added.

"They are one of the most physical teams in the league and we just need to develop ourselves and move forward.

"We are a better team now than when we played them before and you can see that from the results we have had, so we are looking forward to it."

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