Seasiders edged out in entertaining match

PUBLISHED: 12:03 04 October 2017

Jon Vickers.

Jon Vickers.

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Clevedon were edged out in an exciting match that could have goine either way.

Clevedon 19 pts

Thornbury 25 pts

This was an entertaining match that could have gone either way right till the final whistle.

Clevedon started well when the quick thinking Joe Tucker took a tap penalty to score near the posts, converted by Adam Coles. Shortly after, the same player increased the lead with a penalty.

The Seasiders had the edge in the scrums, but the Thorns proved to be strong in line-out driving department and it was through this that got on the scoreboard with a catch and drive to score an unconverted try.

Clevedon’s physicality was much more robust with the Biggins brothers leading the way with their no-nonsense approach. However, the ability to look after the ball was once again punished when a sloppy clearance kick was caught and ran back with interest for Thornbury to score a converted try to lead 12-10.

Back came the Seasiders putting phases together in the opposition half and were rewarded with a penalty by 17-year-old Coles. He repeated the feat shortly afterwards. To make it 16-12 before Thornbury closed the gap with a penalty of their own to make it 16- 15 at the break.

On the restart, Clevedon increased their lead with a penalty from coles. The home side’s general play was much improved from last week, but their inability to clear the ball in their own red zone proved costly first when after a ball was charged down led to a penalty from which Thornbury tapped and went to score unconverted try to lead 20-19.

Shortly afterwards they scored again after a poor kick was once again was punished. The last 10 minutes belonged to Clevedon as they battered the Thornbury line, being held up on more than one occasion but could not find the score needed.

Head coach Nick Hill said: “This was a good game of rugby that we could have won. The lads worked for 80 minutes and deserved more than a bonus point. I know we made a few careless mistakes that they capitilised on.”

Clevedon Rugby Club have donated some of there old playing kit to a charity in Uganda.

Anne Pritchard, who received the shirts from first team player Joseph Tucker, said: “We are travelling to Uganda to visit an orphanage and nursery school in Mbale. While we are there, we will also visit some secondary schools and local rugby clubs.

“The schools and clubs love to play rugby, but often play without a team kit. Clevedon Rugby Club has very kindly supplied us with two kits to take out with us. Thanks to Neil Tucker for organising this for us it will be very well received.”

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