All Golds prop Paul Bolger says his side are looking to make their home ground at St Peter’s school a fortress, after the Gloucestershire side made it two wins from two at home with a 44-26 victory over Swindon St George on Saturday.
Bolger, who used to play for this weekend’s visitors played his part in a fiery local derby that saw Connor Tomley dismissed for Swindon for an alleged eye gouging offence just after the break. We spoke to Bolger after the game about the significance of winning such a hard fought encounter.
“Winning against a local rival is always an awesome feeling. The games between all golds and Swindon have always been fiercely contested and has the feel of a proper derby day so to come away with the W was a great feeling.
We knew going into the game that it was going to be a tough one. Swindon haven’t had the best of starts to the season but you can never take them for granted; they’ll always give 110% and if you’re not ready, they will punish you.
Swindon came at us hard like we thought they would, but the boys prepped well this week and were able to control it and play how we wanted. We let off a bit and Swindon came right back at us, which is the sign of a great team – never giving up – but we had a solid second half and worked well as a unit and got the score we felt we deserved.” Bolger said.
The game itself was competitive from the get go and the All Golds started the game the better, with Kaine Dimech going over inside the first five minutes.
Dale Cooper and Sean Roberts scored either side of a Jordan Roberts try for Swindon. Mitch Dent extended the lead with the All Golds fourth try of the half to give the hosts a 22-6 lead.
Swindon managed to score three further tries to bring the scores level at the break, 22-22, and setting up a barnstorming second half.
But after Tomley’s dismissal, the All Golds took advantage and began to pull away thanks to scores from Dimech again, Mike Addis, Luke Kell and Joe Uren. Henry Beer scored Swindon’s only points of the second half when he went over just over the hour mark, but the All Golds proved to be too strong.
The win comes after the All Golds’ impressive wins at home to Torfaen Tigers and a win last time out, at Cardiff Blue Dragons a fortnight ago – making it three on the spin and two in a row at home.
And Bolger believes that the All Golds can turn St Peter’s into a fortress as they look to mount a challenge for the Southern Conference League (West) title.
“We said right at the start of pre season that one of our goals for the year was to go unbeaten at home so we believe that home form is key and sets the foundation to go on and win this conference.
We want our home ground to be a fortress and give the supporters something to cheer about, and that’s what we hope to keep going for the rest of the season.
Hopefully with some W’s on the road we can make up for the loss against the Valley Cougars at the start of the season, and work towards the league title.”
“We’ve definitely been building week in, week out and I’m really excited about what this team can do going forward. We’re a young fit side with a good amount of experience and starting to really come together as a unit, and think it’ll take a lot to knock us off our stride now. We’re going from strength to strength and it genuinely is exciting times ahead!” Bolger added.
The All Golds are next in action on Saturday 15th June, when they welcome Valley Cougars to St Peter’s and will look to avenge their opening day defeat. Kick off is at 14:30 on the day.