Oliver celebrates milestone with a try

PUBLISHED: 11:04 11 April 2018 | UPDATED: 11:04 11 April 2018

Matt Honour.

Matt Honour.

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Despite losing heavily, Clevedon’s policy of giving youth a chance was in evidence, with eight players under the age of 20.

Newent 59 pts

Clevedon 12 pts

Clevedon’s policy of giving youth a chance was in evidence as they fielded a team containing no less than eight players under the age of 20.

The Seasiders started well giving their forest hosts more than something to think about and made several promising breaks. The game fluctuated as both sides battled hard at the break down and it was 27 minutes until the first points were scored when the Seasiders missed a tackle allowing Newent to score a converted try.

This was soon followed by another converted try when the hosts’ backline broke the Clevedon defence. Back came the Seasiders pressing deep into the Newent half and with only a metre from the line, they conceded a penalty and with backs turned Newent tapped and ran the length of the field to score a converted try and moments before the break, added another score to go into halftime 28-0 up.

After the break, it was Newent who started the better when excellent offloading enabled them to score two converted tries and effectively killing the game off as a contest, but this did not dampen Clevedon spirits and some determined forward play was rewarded when lively scrum-half Tom Thie touched down under the posts, converted by Adam Coles.

This only seemed to spark Newent back into action who replied with two more scores of their own. Then came Clevedon’s second try when a Newent clearance kick was spectacularly caught in the air by Dave Burns, who beat his defender offloading to Oliver Jones who threw an outrageous dummy allowing him to run a full 35 metres to score a try with players hanging off him, celebrating his 200th game for the club. Newent had the last say with a try in the corner.

Head coach Nick Hill said: “Yes, it was a big score, but it could have been a lot more as the lads defended heroically.”

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