Young Seasiders outmuscled away at North Petherton

PUBLISHED: 10:20 13 December 2017 | UPDATED: 10:20 13 December 2017

Ryan Hervey.

Ryan Hervey.

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Clevedon were in with a chance of victory against North Petherton for an hour, but they ran out of steam near the end.

North Petherton 38 pts

Clevedon 19 pts

Clevedon endured another tough afternoon, who for 60 minutes looked set for their first away win of the season, but alas it was not to be when the young side were out muscled in the final quarter.

The visitors, playing up the slope, started well recycling the ball and after 15 phases of play, involving every player, the versatile Joe Williams scored a superb try. Petherton came back strongly, applying pressure from their big forwards and were rewarded with a converted try in the corner.

The Seasiders once again applied pressure with excellent support play and only the ball being dropped over the line denied them of another try. The line-out functioned well and once again Clevedon’s pack had the edge at scrum time, even though being lighter than their Somerset opponents.

Clevedon’s young back row of Crewe, Hervey and Taylor were superb with and without the ball, tackling players twice their age and size.

Just before the break, Clevedon increased their lead when they executed a move straight off the training park for Tom Thie to score a try converted by Adam Coles to lead 12-7 at the break.

The second half started with the cruellest of luck for the Seasiders, when a fly kick that could have gone anywhere bounced badly, thwarting the Clevedon defence and gifting Pethy a converted try.

Now with their tails up, the big Pethy ball runners ran hard and strong and tested the Clevedon defence and in doing so were awarded a number of penalties, converting one to increase their lead to 17-7.

From the restart, Clevedon pressed hard into the Pethy half and after a series of five-metre scrums, they were awarded a penalty try to take the lead with only 16 minutes left on the clock.

The Clevedon faithful believed a win could be on, but Pethy had other ideas and once again ran their big bruising runners hard at the tired Clevedon and clocked up three late converted tries to close out the game.

Head coach Nick Hill said: “The lads deserved more, they battled hard for each other and can hold their heads up high and with a back row with combined ages younger than me, it bodes well for the future.”

On Saturday, Clevedon are home to Teignmouth, kick-off 2.15pm, with a vice-president’s lunch at 1pm.

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