Clevedon start the new league season with defeat

PUBLISHED: 10:27 06 September 2017 | UPDATED: 10:27 06 September 2017

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A young inexperienced Clevedon side lost their opening league match against Okehampton.

Clevedon 17 pts

Okehampton 34 pts

Clevedon, fielding a young inexperienced team, gave a sound performance bearing in mind that 10 of last season’s team have departed.

A shoulder injury in the first minute to Joe Ford was not the start that Clevedon wanted, but it gave the opportunity for Jack Crew, a colt last year to make his debut and was one of the leading lights.

Okehampton took an early lead with a good try wide out, but Clevedon soon hit back with a penalty by Adam Cole, the new 17-year-old fly-half. After a period of sustained pressure, Clevedon took the lead when Cole went over for a try from close range which he duly converted for 10-5.

Clevedon continued to press, but good defence by the visitors kept them at bay. On the stroke of half-time against the run of play, Okehampton took the lead with a try from close range which was converted for 10-12.

The second half was much the same to start with, but Clevedon conceded an early penalty for the visitors to extend their lead to 10-15. The Seasiders never gave up and built pressure in the Oaks half, but on more than one occasion poor ball retention let them down and it was Okehampton who scored again when they capitalised on a lost Clevedon line-out and sloppy defence led to a converted try.

Back came Clevedon when the outstanding Cameron Maslen intercepted a pass to race in under the posts and Cole again converted for 17-22. With a third of the game still to play, Clevedon appeared to run out of steam and allowed Okehampton to clinch the victory.

Head coach Nick Hill said: “The scoreline flatters them a little, we were in the game for 60 minutes but fell away conceding some soft tries. It is a period of transition at the moment, with a new look side of youth and experience and we are probably a few weeks behind where we would like to be, but we will be working hard to build on the positives.”

On Saturday, Clevedon are away at Teignmout, kick-off 3pm. The coach leaves at 11am.

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