Clevedon youngsters battle to comfortable victory
PUBLISHED: 14:53 15 March 2017 | UPDATED: 14:53 15 March 2017
Clevedon Under-16s returned from Winscombe with a comfortable victory, despite only having 14 players.
Clevedon Under-16s made the short trip to play Winscombe and with only 14 players available, the hosts generously lent one of their own.
Despite their lack of numbers, Clevedon started the game in belligerent mood dominating in the breakdown with quick ball and crisp hands. The visitors were quickly a try up with some fantastic interplay between forwards and backs.
Much of the half went the same way with quality possession resulting in some great tries. Whenever they lost possession they were quick to tackle and the defence held up well. Clevedon were strong in the line-out winning some quality possession.
After the interval, Clevedon were playing down the hill and they soon went over for a try out wide after the opposition failed to clear their lines. As the half went on, there were some very tired Clevedon bodies.
Winscombe, with some fresh legs, began to fight back running some nice moves deep into the Clevedon half, only to be thwarted by some great covering tackles.
Towards the end of the half, Clevedon were able to cross the line for a final try - converted by Sunny with probably the strangest kick ever, hitting an opposition player on the hand and looping just over the bar. The luck was very much in favour of the visitors as they ran out 44-0 winners.
The Under-13s lined up opposite Gordano for the second time this season with determination to secure a victory following a run of defeats during February.
From the kick-off, Clevedon put pressure on the Gordano defence and showed off some slick handling and attacking play, working through the phases to score the opening try.
Gordano defended hard, but Clevedon remained on the front foot, bagging another four tries before half-time.
The second half saw Gordano strong in their attack and Clevedon had to battle hard and throw everything into defence to keep the visiting side from the getting the ball down over the line.
Clevedon’s resolve in defence provided them with the confidence to turn things around and were soon back with the ball in hand and pushing for more points.
Their bench came on with fresh legs and help to secure five further tries during the second half and closed the Gordano side down which resulted in not only a clear victory, but with a clean sheet too.
Final score was 50-0 with tries from Harrison (2), Fox, Haskins, Comrie, Brown, S Perry, C Perry and Maxfield (2).
Having lost by one try when they played Hornets away, Yatton Under-13s were looking to return the favour against their guests but unfortunately, despite all their efforts, it was not to be.
Yatton elected to play up the slope in the first-half and the opening minutes were ferocious by both sides with Yatton’s defence holding firm against a number of attacks.
Their ruck and collective effort at the breakdown was brilliant and they drove Hornets back on a number of occasions, but the lack of passing accuracy meant they put huge pressure on themselves.
This gave Hornets back the momentum each time and eventually they found a gap to open the scoring. To their credit, Yatton went straight back at them and the work in and around the contact area was tremendous, but their handling and lack of momentum continued to hand the advantage back to the visitors, who added a second before the break to close the half 10-0 up.
With the slope and the closeness of the score, Yatton were in with a real chance to turn it around in the second half. Their scrummage continued to outperform Hornets, despite the difference in pack weights.
Yatton continued to put themselves under pressure which allowed Hornets to remain in Yatton’s half. This meant that in spite of some heroic defending, Hornets were able to score. Yatton never gave up and the final play of the game saw them break away from their line only to be hauled down 20 metres short, but the final result was Yatton 0, Hornets 25.