Battling Clevedon slip to another defeat

PUBLISHED: 09:51 04 April 2018

Ashley Vailes.

Ashley Vailes.

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In a game which could have gone either way, Clevedon slipped to another defeat, this time to Keynsham.

Clevedon 10 pts

Keynsham 20 pts

Another game that could have gone either way, was played on a heavy school pitch.

Clevedon started well pressuring the Keynsham half and building momentum and were rewarded with a try when the powerful Brian Largenten barrelled his way over the line, converted by Tom Thie.

The Seasiders pressurised the Keynsham line but were denied on more than one occasion by poor handling or indecision. Keynsham hit back when a rare visit to the Clevedon half resulted in a converted try.

Once again Clevedon pressurised the Keynsham line and with the home side on top in the set-piece it looked like only a matter of time till they scored again, but the ball was once again spilt over the line.

Against the run of play it was Keynsham who took the lead with a converted try to make the half-time score 12-7.

The second half started well for Keynsham with a converted penalty. With the conditions getting heavier, Clevedon battled tirelessly up front but could not break the Keynsham defence.

In the last third of the game, Keynsham extended their lead when a fine handling move resulted in an unconverted try. The Clevedon pack had the last say with a pushover try from 25 metres which was touched down by Dave Rawle.

Head coach Nick Hill said: “The day belonged to Ashley Vailes who played his 300th game for the club, a feat only achieved through loyalty and commitment, two qualities that are hard to find these days.

Next Saturday, Clevedon travel to Newent.

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