Nailsea & Backwell lose out in high-scoring encounter.

PUBLISHED: 14:38 05 April 2017 | UPDATED: 14:38 05 April 2017

Jamie Sullivan.

Jamie Sullivan.

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Nailsea & Backwell lost a high-scoring encounter at Old Reds by just three points.

Old Reds 2nd XV 32 pts

Nailsea & Backwell 29 pts

Nailsea & Backwell travelled to the big city for an encounter with Old Reds II.

The visitors were the victim of a slow start, coughing up 25 points in the first 20 minutes, their only response was a Joe Reed try converted by Josh Collins.

Nailsea scored again when from a break by outside- half Luke Stevens, James Cleaves sent Collins over for an unconverted try. Unfortunately, Nailsea found themselves on the wrong side of the referee’s decisions several times through the match which culminated in Nailsea being given a yellow card.

Old Reds took advantage of the 14 men situation by adding a charge down try, which turned out to be their last scoring effort.

Just before the break, Nailsea came back with an excellent try when from another Stevens break, Harry Marshall fielded a superb Stevens offload to score in the corner, making the half-time score 32-17.

After the oranges, there was no further scoring for 30 minutes, with Nailsea’s defence working well. Then from a maul on the Reds line, Luke Caswell scored from a pushover and this was followed near the end of the match with Nailsea’s fifth try when captain Jamie Sullivan took a quick tap to dive over, Collins adding the extras.

At 32-12 many of the home supporters thought this game was over, however Nailsea do not know when they are beaten and showed great character to fight back, outscoring Reds five tries to four, but the clock and three missed conversion proved to be the difference at the final whistle.

On Saturday, Nailsea welcome Hornets to the West End for their penultimate game of the season.

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