Nailsea & Backwell get back to winning ways

PUBLISHED: 12:36 06 December 2017 | UPDATED: 12:36 06 December 2017

Ryan Anthoney.

Ryan Anthoney.

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Nailsea & Backwell returned to winning ways with an excellent victory over Stothert & Pitt.

Nailsea & Backwell 52 pts

Stothert & Pitt 10 pts

Following last week’s uncharacteristically poor performance against Tor, Nailsea & Backwell had a home game against Stothert & Pitt to exorcise the demons and right the wrongs.

It took just four minutes when from good line-out ball (an area which left a lot to be desired last week), Matt Hunt broke the defensive line and from the ensuing ruck second row Luke Sharp crashed over for Nailsea’s first try.

Stothert responded with a penalty, before Sharp was once again in the action with a barnstorming run down the middle of the field, linking with his backs who moved the ball to hooker Ryan Barrow to score in the corner, converted by Jamie Elswood.

Nailsea were beginning to take hold of the game and were attacking at every opportunity. It was one such attack which saw Joe Murray touch down, the extras added by Elswood.

Just on half-time, Nailsea winger Matt Hunt finished a period of good handling to bring home the bonus point for Nailsea’s fourth try and go 24-3 up.

Early in the second half, Stothert mounted attacks but the Nailsea defence stood firm and after regaining possession, man of the match outside-half Ryan Anthoney scored, converted by Elswood.

Anthoney was pulling the strings all game and again good possession with the ball being moved through several pairs of hands saw Barrow get his second try, Elswood once again adding the extras.

Stothert never gave up the fight and were rewarded with a converted try in the corner. Shortly after came the try of the game when good work form Ryan Love saw full-back Josh Le Ouedec outpace the defence and run 40 metres to the posts, Elswood once again adding the easiest extras of the game.

Le Ouedec was involved in the last try of the game when in partnership with Hunt they worked Hunt free to score his second and Nailsea’s eighth, Elswood converting to complete a great day with the boot, making the final score 52-10.

This performance was a great turnaround from last week and put Nailsea back to winning ways. On Saturday, Nailsea are away to top of the league Wiveliscombe.

Nailsea & Backwell 3rds went down 39-46 to St Mary’s 3rds at home in an open game which saw the score see-saw back and forth.

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