Nailsea & Backwell continue their fine form

PUBLISHED: 11:32 03 October 2018 | UPDATED: 11:32 03 October 2018

Luke Sharp.

Luke Sharp.

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Nailsea & Backwell moved up to fourth in the league after an excellent victory away at St Bernadettes.

St Bernadettes 21pts

Nailsea & Backwell 57pts

Nailsea & Backwell travelled to Bristol for their league match against St Bernadettes at the airfield ground.

It was Nailsea who opened the scoring after a scrum was won against the head, the ball moved through the hands, full-back Alex Jones went in under the sticks, the conversion duly missed as the ball fell off the tee.

Jones struck again when a Saints attack broke down in the Nailsea half, flanker Harvey Flower finding Jones who ran in for his second try from 50 metres, converted by Jamie Elswood.

On the half-hour Saints were penalised and from the resultant line-out, the drive was set up for Nailsea hooker Ryan Barrow to score out wide. Minutes later Nailsea won a line-out in their own half and moved the ball one way then the other to find captain Luke Sharp and his pass found Ryan Barrow who ran in unopposed for the bonus point try, Elswood converting.

Saints, always worthy opponents especially at home, responded with a try from a series of pick and goes. Just prior to half time, Nailsea center Ryan Love was unlucky not to score on the restart when he was put clear only for the pass to be judged forward, to leave the half time score at 7-24.

The Saints indiscipline and resultant yellow cards were hurting them, but even with 14-men they responded with a length of the field converted try. With the Saints having the last two scores, Nailsea turned on a five-try scoring spree.

From a scrum won by Nailsea set up a series of pick and goes, Mike Frohlich sent the ball to Ryan Love who put Harrison Gould free to run in a try, Elswood adding the extras.

A loose clearance kick by Saints saw Nailsea set up a counter attack which set wing Harry Marshall on a scoring run, followed by a penalty try, a converted try for Love and a score for No 8 Luke Caswell to make the final score 57-21.

The Nailsea boys continue their rich vein of form, seemingly at home or away. Now lying fourth in the league, Nailsea look forward to competing with the top echelon teams. On Saturday, Minehead Barbarians visit the West End ground, (3pm).

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