Clevedon well beaten at second-placed Drybrook

PUBLISHED: 10:24 25 October 2017 | UPDATED: 10:24 25 October 2017

Gary Carpenter.

Gary Carpenter.

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A much-changed Clevedon side were defeat at second-placed Drybrook.

Drybrook 35 pts

Clevedon 5 pts

After a difficult start to the season, a trip to second-placed Drybrook was never going to be easy for a much-changed Clevedon side.

With high winds and horizontal rain, the Seasiders started well with an unconverted try for Blaise Bosley, after some good forward driving play. Drybrook replied with a converted try of their own, scored in a similar fashion.

For large periods Clevedon frustrated Drybrook, denying them any quality ball and once again out-scrummaging their Forest opponents.

Although the Seasiders had the lion’s share in the first half they could not turn pressure into points, making unforced errors in the red zones but they did go into the break holding their high flying hosts to 7-5.

The second half saw Drybrook score almost immediately from the first play, when a failure to secure a kick led to a converted try. Drybrook now turned the screw scoring two more converted tries and for the most part camped in the Clevedon half and some tremendous tackling from Jack Crewe, Harley Foley and Matt Fisher kept the scoreline down. Only in the final minutes did Drybrook add two more converted tries.

Head coach Nick Hill said: “With us struggling at the bottom and a visit to second-placed side you find out who really wants to play for Clevedon and the 18 players who made the trip battled all the way and showed tremendous grit, they were worthy winners but we gave them a hard game.”

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