Clevedon kick late penalty to secure narrow victory

PUBLISHED: 14:43 12 April 2017 | UPDATED: 14:43 12 April 2017

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A penalty three minutes from time gave Clevedon a one-point victory at North Petherton.

North Petherton 24 pts

Clevedon 25 pts

This was very nearly a banana skin on the road for Clevedon, the Seasiders started well and squandered two early scoring chances, had a try disallowed and missed two penalty kicks from the usually reliable boot of Kieran Hill.

Clevedon were totally dominant, playing with pace and width, but lacked the composure to finish. The Seasiders did eventually take the lead with a try from a catch and drive at the line-out by Baise Bosley.

Clevedon soon increased their lead with a try by Dean Ashfield, who cut through midfield like a knife through butter, Hill converted for 0-12.

A rare visit to the Clevedon half saw Pethy score a converted try after some sloppy Clevedon defence allowed the home side to go straight through the middle. Clevedon increased their lead with a penalty converted by Hill on the stroke of half-time for 7-15.

Playing up the slope in the second half, Clevedon started well with man of the match Ben Purcell breaking from the scrum to score near the posts, Hill added the conversion to take Clevedon into a 7-22 lead.

If Clevedon thought that was game over, Pethy had other ideas and put Clevedon’s defence under extreme pressure, and with a player yellow carded Pethy took a quick tap penalty to score their second try.

Pethy continued to apply pressure through their heavy forwards and finally Clevedon’s defence was bridged again with a converted try to close the score to 19-22. From the restart Pethy were awarded a penalty, they kicked to the corner and from the resulting line-out scored an unconverted try to take the lead 24-22 to the roars of the home crowd.

With three minutes left on the clock, Clevedon pressed the Pethy defence and were eventually awarded a penalty 35 metres out. Hill, under verbal pressure from the opposition and the vocal crowd, drove the ball straight through the uprights to silence the Pethy faithful.

Head Coach Nick Hill said: “This was a very tough win, we created a number of chances and should have had the game sewn up after 20 minutes, but in many ways this did us a favour as we had to show grit and character and played right to the last minute. It has however given us a number of things to work on ahead of the cup final tomorrow (Thursday) at Hornets (7.30pm).

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