Difficult afternoon for Clevedon away at Matson

PUBLISHED: 11:31 29 November 2017

Joe Williams.

Joe Williams.

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Clevedon suffered a difficult afternoon away at Matson.

Matson 34 pts

Clevedon 17 pts

Matson away proved a difficult afternoon for Clevedon, who found themselves under pressure from the home side, but defended well, negating line-out drives and pushing their heavier counterparts back in the scrum.

Twenty minutes passed before the first score when a poor clearance kick allowed Matson to gain momentum, resulting in a penalty kick under the posts.

For the next 10 minutes, Clevedon kept the ball tighter, playing phases and applying pressure moving into the Matson half, but poor ball retention or a careless offload cost them.

This was the pattern until late in the half when a turnover resulted in chaos in the Clevedon midfield for Matson to score a converted try to make it 10-0 at half time.

After the break and from the first kick-off, Clevedon were reduced to 14 men when the referee adjudged the Seasiders had made a high tackle, Matson took advantage of the situation to score an unconverted try, 15-0.

The aggrieved Clevedon bounced back putting phases together and were rewarded with a penalty converted by Adam Coles for 15-3. Matson replied with a converted try of their own to lead 22-3.

Then to compound matters, Clevedon lost two players to injury. On the hour mark, the hard-working pack allowed the excellent Joe William to score a try from a fivemetre scrum, converted by Coles.

The try sparked a difference of opinions from both sides, resulting in Clevedon having a player sent off and one sin binned. Matson capitalised to score a converted try for 29-10. With 10 minutes left to play, 13-man Clevedon scored a try when Williams crossed the line again after another strong scrum, converted by Coles for 29-17.

Any hope of a bonus point was lost when Matson scored an unconverted try against the run of play to make the final score 34-17.

Team manager Neil Tucker said: “It was a tough afternoon, where we are at the moment it seems that no decision or bounce goes your way, but tough it out we will and we’ll be working hard in training again to put things right, but a massive positive is to see so many of our young talented players coming through and having the opportunity to play first team rugby.”

On Saturday, Clevedon are home to Newent at 2.30pm.

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