Narrow one-point defeat for Nailsea & Backwell
PUBLISHED: 11:30 29 November 2017 | UPDATED: 11:30 29 November 2017
Nailsea & Backwell suffered a narrow one-point defeat away to Tor.
Tor 18 pts
Nailsea & Backwell 17 pts
Nailsea & Backwell returned from Tor with a narrow 18-17 defeat by the Glastonbury opponents.
Nailsea started the game sprightly, spending nearly the first 20 minutes of the game camped in the Tor half going close to scoring twice, but it was Tor who opened the scoring with a try.
Strangely, Nailsea looked lethargic in the next 20 minutes and Tor added a penalty to make the half time score 8-0.
After the oranges, Nailsea seemed revitalised and when wing Matt Hunt saw his first real possession of the game he ran fully 50 metres and beat three defenders to score, Jamie Elswood adding the extras.
After a further period of pressure in the Tor 22, Elswood converted a penalty for Nailsea to take the lead at 8-10. Tor responded well and after a series of penalties their winger evaded the defence to retake the lead at 13-10.
From the restart, with less than 10 minutes to go, Nailsea regained possession and pressurised the Tor line, Nailsea scrum-half Joe Reed showed great determination to force his way over to retake the lead, with Elswood adding the two points.
Tor attacked down the wing which saw them score a try to steal the match at 18-17 for their first league win of the season.
When Nailsea learn how to close out these close games and turn the one-point losses into wins, their position in the top six of the league will be assured.
On Saturday, Nailsea entertain Stothert and Pitt (2.30pm).
Nailsea & Backwell 2nd XV 24 pts
Barton Hill 2nd XV 27 pts
The seconds lost a top of the table clash with Barton Hill 2nds by just three points.
The home side started well when captain Ryy Love gathered the kick and offloaded to Ben Perfect, who broke many tackles before sending Sam Bigley in for an early try, who also added the extras.
Nailsea increased their lead on five minutes when Dan Jones chipped to the corner forcing Barts to concede a line-out. From the set piece, Tom Fletcher found Mike Frohlich and from the ensuing maul, Dec Hay crashed over for his first senior try.
Barts forced a score of their own when their huge pack worked the phases to score. Nailsea replied when Matt Howells gathered the loose ball before offloading to Perfect on halfway who jinked his way to the tryline, Bigley adding the conversion.
Barts replied with two tries to pull back to 19-17, but it was Nailsea who finished the half on a high when a Harris cross field kick was gathered by Bigley, who offloaded to man of the match Perfect to run in his second try for a 24-17 half time lead.
Although down the hill in the second half, Nailsea struggled to gain possession and Barts scored two unconverted tries to take the lead for the first time and take the points.
Huge applause go out to the three Colts - Dec Hay, Dan Jones and Will Marley making their senior league debuts.