Stags bounce back in style with a golden display at Gloucestershire

BJ Swindells
BJ Swindells

A Jermaine Coleman-inspired Hemel Stags returned to winning ways on Sunday with an excellent 22-14 Championship 1 victory at the University of Gloucestershire All Golds.

Barry John Swindells, James Cameron and Eddie M’Baraga all crossed early on to give the visitors a 16-0 lead.

Gloucestershire fought back to within two points at the interval as Aidan Jenkins touched down twice and Phil Cowburn also went over in a blistering 11-minute spell.

But Stags proved too good in the second period, with a James Hill try and a Swindells goal securing success for the away side.

Stags registered the first score of the game after nine minutes, captain Swindells touching down after good work by M’Baraga. Swindells added the extras to give Hemel an early six-point lead.

The Pennine Way men continued in the ascendency and it was no surprise when they went further ahead with a fine team try, finished by Cameron and converted by Swindells.

The Stags were soon on the scoresheet again – the impressive Coleman feeding an onrushing M’Baraga who crashed over the whitewash.

With Stags seemingly in full control, the All Golds began to find their feet in the game, and scored three quick-fire tries to cut the deficit to 16-14 going into half-time.

Hemel needed the interval to regroup and they emerged early for the second half in purposeful mood.

They enjoyed a fantastic 20 minute spell, controlling territory and totally nullifying the home threat, culminating in a well worked try for leading scorer Hill.

And the result was effectively settled five minutes from time when an All Golds tackler was penalised for holding down Jimmy Morgan.

Swindells elected to take the two points on offer, neatly slotting home to end the scoring in Hemel’s favour.