Weakened Seasiders struggle on away trip to Bideford

PUBLISHED: 11:10 10 January 2018 | UPDATED: 11:10 10 January 2018

Joey Tucker.

Joey Tucker.

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A weakened Clevedon side were well beaten on their away trip to Bideford,

Bideford 73 pts

Clevedon 7 pts

Clevedon, without players due to injury, illness and an unwillingness to travel, tried their best, but going away with an understrength side does not help the cause.

The home side took the lead almost immediately with a converted try and moments later they increased their lead when a scrum on the Clevedon line lost the ball and Biddy scored a fortunate try, duly converted.

The Seasiders hit back and their first venture into the Bideford half saw them recycle the ball well, allowing Rhys Talbot to offload to Joe Tucker to score a good try, converted by the evergreen James Barzotelli.

The Clevedon pack worked tirelessly pushing the Bideford pack back at scrum time, but their cause was not helped with the loss of No 8 Warren Taylor with a rib injury.

Before the break, Bideford scored two more tries converting one to lead 26-7 at half-time.

The second half followed suit with the Seasiders battling, but sadly it was mostly one-way traffic with the hosts scoring three more converted tries before the game was halted due to a serious injury to a Clevedon player.

The game was held up for 20 minutes and with light fading the game was moved to another pitch.

The Seasiders now completely depleted were really up against it and conceded a further three converted tries. The dying minutes saw Clevedon brave on the line, striving to score a second try, but it was not to be.

Head coach Nick Hill said: “It was a very difficult afternoon and not easy on the eye, but I have nothing but praise for the 18 players who represented Clevedon today and thanks for the supporters who made the trip.”

On Saturday, Clevedon are home to Bridgwater, kick-off 2.30pm, with a vice-president’s lunch at 1pm.

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