Tries: Shaun Robinson (22), John Clough (28), Ian Burch (36)
Goals: Jonny Leather 3 from 3.
Gloucestershire All Golds Scorers
Tries: Mark Barlow (1), Tyla Hepi (32), Phil Cowburn (60), Richard Jones (78)
Goals: Matt Bradley 2 from 4
1 Jonny Leather
19 Ian Burch
33 Danny Halliwell
4 Oliver Johnson
5 Shaun Robinson
6 Tommy Connick
7 Brett Robinson
16 Matty Hadden
9 John Clough
40 Andrew Bentley
12 John James Baird
13 Valu Bentley
29 Martin Roden
21 Andrew Hoggins
8 Dave Ellison
17 Kenny Calladine
14 Alex Thompson
Gloucestershire All Golds Lineups
1 Phil Cowburn
16 Maxime Claustres
6 James Greene
5 Tim Bergin
4 Curtis Cunningham
6 Mark Barlow
7 Matt Bradley
11 Lee Kelley
9 Pat Smith
10 Tyla Hepi
13 Jordan Rice
12 Richard Jones
20 Brendan Smith
14 Steve Parry
8 Mike Stewart
24 Mike Venn
17 Pat Evans
The All Golds recorded their first win of the Championship season at Oxford
Oxford 18 All Golds 20
1 July 2013, 03:33 pm ::
Match Report By Niall Mann, Gloucestershire All Golds
The All Golds finally stepped into the winners circle with a hard-earned but deserved 20-18 win over Oxford.
It took a Richard Jones try just two minutes from time to take all three points after the All Golds had looked to have secured only a bonus point from an 80-minute display of heart, courage and no little skill.
The All Golds made a sensational start with a try after just 90 seconds. Mark Barlow kicked a 40-20 and from the scrum he sliced through to score by the posts, Matt Bradley added the goal for the perfect start.
However, Oxford began to dominate but three consecutive sets brought no reward as the All Golds held firm.
On a warm day, the pace was quick with Oxford using long kicks to pin the All Golds down and hunt the mistake and it came on 22 minutes. A high kick from Tommy Connick bounced badly for Curtis Cunningham and Shaun Robinson picked up the scraps to go over. Jonny Leather added the goal.
Six minutes later, Leather's superb offload to John Clough almost on the tryline saw the hooker touch down, Leather adding the goal to give Oxford the lead they just about deserved on the balance of play.
When the All Golds kept hold of the ball, they looked a dangerous side but too often the pass just wouldn't stick. However, they finally moved forward with purpose and reaped the reward. Consecutive penalties and neat interplay took them to the Oxford line where Tyla Hepi forced his way over for the try. Bradley goaled to level the scores.
Brett Robinson's boot was the provider as Oxford took the lead once more after 35 minutes, as his pinpoint kick to the corner was superbly touched down by Ian Burch, Leather adding an excellent goal to send the teams into the cool of the dressing rooms with the All Golds trailing by six points.
The second period took some time to ignite as both sides traded set for set. Mike Venn came off the bench to put in some thundering charges but Oxford began to find gaps.
Connick had a try chalked off for a forward pass while, for the All Golds, Bradley's kick for Brendan Smith was kicked dead by a desperate defender. Bradley then saved a certain try chasing John James Baird over half the length of the field before making the tackle and was then on hand to clear up Robinson's little dink into the in-goal on the last. Bradley's scramble into the field of play started the move that led to Phil Cowburn sprinting 50 metres to the corner. Bradley missed the goal but the All Golds were right back in the game.
There was no scoring in the final quarter as neither side yielded an inch in the quest for the points. The All Golds did not buckle even without playmaker Barlow who limped off with a hamstring injury. They forced two goal-line drop-outs and Pat Smith just couldn't hang on to the ball as he tried to ground it at full stretch.
It seemed they were destined to go unrewarded but one final effort saw Steve Parry dart from dummy half and from the play of the ball, Tim Bergin fed Jones who forced his way over for the score that ended the All Golds' winless streak.
There was a tense final set of tackles for the All Golds to play through but there were no mistakes and the hooter signalled the start of some long overdue celebrations.
"I'm rapt for the boys," said All Golds head coach Brad Hepi immediately after their first league win. "It's been a while coming but today, a beautiful day in Oxford, a beautiful park to play on and the guys finally produced the sort of performance that I know they're capable of.
"They played with structure; they met Oxford with their physicality and played with a lot of passion today in the jersey and for Gloucester. I'm really, really proud of them. Today, they stuck at their task; two months ago we would have collapsed", he added.
The bench gave Hepi good value as he freely admitted with Mike Venn, Mike Stewart, Pat Evans and Steve Parry all contributing. "Everyone played their part today", he said, "from one to 17. We had a particularly strong bench today because of the game plan we formulated to play against Oxford. In this game you need a good, strong quality bench and today we didn't lose anything with the guys who came on and provided that impact."
It was perhaps fitting that the winning try was scored by Richard Jones, one of the All Golds' first signings, and Hepi was pleased the big second row had crossed the stripe "He was probably our big name signing from Keighley, and with experience from Castleford when he was younger, and it was good for him to at least break his duck.
"At least he doesn't have to run nude at the end of the year now", Hepi concluded with a smile at a historic moment for the club.