Seasiders romp to resounding victory

PUBLISHED: 14:57 08 March 2017

Clevedon Rugby Club.

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Clevedon easily overcame bottom side Midsomer Norton to run out 63-5 winners.

Clevedon 63 pts

Midsomer Norton 5 pts

Clevedon completed a resounding victory on the road against bottom side Midsomer North.

The heavy conditions did not lend themselves to running rugby, but this did not stop the Seasiders from playing some exciting stuff. With the wind behind them and playing down the slope, Clevedon started well and took an early lead when Dean Ashfield scored a try out wide.

Clevedon went further ahead with a long-range penalty from Kieran Hill. From the kick-off, the Seasiders were at it again, strong running from Foley and Purcell resulted in Owen Biggins scoring his first try of the game.

In the swirling wind and heavy showers, Clevedon were relentless with backs and forwards working hard for each other and they were soon rewarded with a second try for Ashfield, converted by Hill for 0-20.

Clevedon had the edge in the scrums against a heavier pack and the line-out functioned well all game. A fine break from live wire Matt Britton saw the ball recycled and William Trollope went over to increase the lead.

Shortly after, veteran Mike Lowis crossed after a fine passage of play, converted by Hill. Just before the break, the evergreen Tom Thie was next on the score sheet when he touched down and Clevedon went in to the break 0-37 up and the bonus point safely in the bag.

The second half saw much of the same with Clevedon now having to cope with the elements and a dogged performance from the home side. Clevedon’s pack worked tirelessly with Largenton, Bosley, Davis, Statton and Rawle dogged in the tight and it was Clevedon who scored again when young Harry Butland crossed for a try after a breathtaking run, Hill converted.

Harley Foley scored next, topping a fine afternoon’s performance and Hill again added the extras. Midsomer went through a phase of pressure which had Clevedon on the back foot, but defence turned into attack which saw a length of the pitch handling move end with Thie bagging his second try.

Midsomer Norton were rewarded for their efforts with a try, but in the end it was Owen Biggins who had the final say with his second try, a spectacular swallow dive under the posts, Hill converted.

Head coach Nick Hill said: “Given the conditions, I was really pleased with the performance and how hard the lads worked for each other and it was ideal preparation for the tougher games to come.”

On Saturday, Clevedon are home to third-placed Matson, kick-off 2.30pm. A vice-president’s lunch is at 1.30pm.

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