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November 07, 2003

Celtic Warriors 29 - 23 Glasgow Warriors

Celtic League match played at Brewery Field (Bridgend) on Friday November 7th 2003 | No comments
Celtic Warriors survived a late fight-back from visitors Glasgow to record their fourth Celtic League win of the season.

The home side led by 13 points with less than 20 minutes to go, but an Alan Bulloch try and accurate goal kicking meant the Warriors had to sweat until the final whistle.

Chris Horsman and Gareth Wyatt crossed for the home side, and the ever dependable Neil Jenkins landed five penalties and two conversions.

Glasgow made a storming start when David Millard's clean break created a try for scrum-half Sam Pinder, which Calvin Howarth converted in front of the posts.

The Warriors took the lead after 15 minutes when Horsman's converted try was added to Jenkins' earlier penalty.

But the lead lasted only a few seconds. Straight from the kick-off, the home side were penalised for obstruction and Howarth kicked the three points.

The visitors pilled on the pressure for a long period around the half-way hour mark, but some determined defending got the Warriors off the hook.

And five minutes before the break, the sparse crowd at the Brewery Field were on their feet as winger Wyatt grabbed his fourth league try of the season.

A quickly taken line-out caught the Glasgow players napping, and the pacey winger raced clear form the halfway line.

Howarth's dropped goal early in the second half brought Glasgow back to within five points at 17-13, but the Warriors opened up a commanding 13 lead thanks to three penalties from Jenkins.

The Warriors seemed to be in total control as the game went off the boil, but Rory Kerr's incisive break created Bullock's late score.

Replacement fly-half Daniel Parks kicked the conversion to ensure a tense finale.

But yet more Glasgow infringement presented Jenkins with another opportunity to settle the home nerves in the 74th minute - and he made no mistake.

Parks added a penalty of his own in the fourth minute of injury time, but the Warriors held on despite the referee finding an extra four minutes of play.

Report from BBC Sport.

Referee T Redmond (IRE)
Attendance 1,500
Team
1
Euan Murray
2
Scott Lawson
3
Lee Harrison
4
Andy Hall
5
Nathan Ross
6
Andy Wilson
7
Donnie Macfadyen
8
Paul Dearlove
9
Sam Pinder
10
Calvin Howarth
11
Sean Lamont
12
Gordon Bulloch
13
Gareth Maclure
14
Dave Millard
15
Rory Kerr
Sub
Chris Birchall
Sub
Mark McMillan
Sub
Dan Parks
Sub
Joe Beardshaw
Sub
Jonathan Steel
Sub
Fergus Thomson
Sub
Rory Mackay
Match Substitutions
Off On
Nathan Ross Joe Beardshaw
Off On
Calvin Howarth Dan Parks
Off On
Andy Wilson Rory Mackay
Off On
Lee Harrison Chris Birchall
Scorers
Sam Pinder Try 
Calvin Howarth Conversion
Calvin Howarth Penalty
Andy Hall Drop
Gordon Bulloch Try 
Dan Parks Conversion
Dan Parks Penalty
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