Clevedon back to winning ways with derby success

PUBLISHED: 09:46 18 April 2018 | UPDATED: 09:46 18 April 2018

Joey Tucker.

Joey Tucker.

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Clevedon got back to winning ways with an outstanding display in this derby encounter against North Petherton.

Clevedon 29 pts

North Petherton 14 pts

Clevedon put in an outstanding display to win this local derby against North Petherton.

Pethy, unbeaten in the last eight games, started well and although having the better of the opening exchanges they were met with a steely defence led by Rory Biggins, who put in bone-crunching tackles all afternoon.

The Seasiders put some decent phases together and scored first when John Potts broke through the ruck and sprinted a full 50 metres. Sadly the heavy conditions denied him inches from the line, but his offload saw Joey Tucker score an unconverted try.

The visitors worked hard to get back into the game, but were thwarted at the breakdown as the back row of Harley Foley, Charles Tucker and Jack Crewe were outstanding.

After the break, Clevedon recycled the ball well and a superb break from Cameron Maslen, who delayed the pass to put Ryan Hervey over in the corner, Tom Thie converted from the touchline.

Straight from the restart, the Seasiders were at it again when Thie executed a superb crossfield kick straight into the waiting arms of Foley to score a try, converted by Thie for 19-0.

Back came Pethy battering the Clevedon defence and were rewarded with a converted try. This seemed to spark them into action and the next 10 minute period belonged to them and with a Clevedon player in the bin, they scored another converted try for 19-14.

A scrum in the Pethy half saw Charles Tucker run hard down the blindside before offloading to brother Joey to score an unconverted try and the last word went to birthday boy Joey to complete his hat-trick of tries with a superb break down the blindside.

Head coach Nick Hill said: “It was great to finally get a home win, particularly on sponsors day in front of a large crowd, the lads were superb today.”

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