Ross Blackaby's late penalty earns Bath Saracens a dramatic victory over Cricklade
Cricklade missed a last-gasp penalty as Bath Saracens held on for a 21-19 victory and secured their fifth win in six Dorset & Wilts 2 North matches.
Saracens had lost heavily to their third-placed opponents earlier in the season but their determination to gain revenge made for an exciting game, in which the lead changed hands several times.
It took half-hour for Cricklade to open the scoring with an unconverted try but Sarries immediately responded when a catch and drive from a lineout set up centre James Roper to touch down.
Cricklade reclaimed the lead with two penalties after the break but another catch and drive ended with scrum-half Ed Bell dotting down and fly-half Ross Blackaby’s conversion put Sarries ahead.
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It didn’t last for long as a penalty gave Cricklade the lead for the third time but that was soon cancelled out with a brace of kicks from the ever-reliable Blackaby.
Cricklade’s second try of the game meant they went into the closing minutes with a narrow 19-18 advantage but Sarries turned over the visitors’ ball and won a penalty within kicking range, which Blackaby slotted over.
That should have been it but Sarries failed to secure the restart and Cricklade were awarded a penalty, which they elected to run.
More indiscipline earned them another penalty, this time just within kicking range, but the effort flew wide and the whistle went to signal Sarries’ success.
With no league game this weekend, Sarries travel to Bristol tomorrow to play an Abbey Wood XV at Bishopston RFC (7.30pm).