Away victory for Clevedon youngsters

PUBLISHED: 15:08 25 February 2015

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Clevedon Under-16s recorded an excellent victory at Keynsham.

CLEVEDON Under-16s travelled to Keynsham and came away with an excellent 25-8 victory.

Clevedon broke the deadlock when Brent Manners intercepted a pass on the Clevedon 22 and ran the length of the pitch for his first try, which was converted by Ben Thole.

Despite being a man down due to a sending off midway through the half, Clevedon remained the stronger team and extended their lead through a Sam Poulter try just before half-time.

Great play from the pack with strong ball carrying by the both the backs and forwards kept the pressure on Keynsham. A single penalty by Keynsham meant the visitors led 12-3 at the break.

Clevedon continued strongly in the second half putting pressure on the Keynsham. This led to Thole adding two penalty kicks to his tally and Manners scoring a second try when he pounced on a loose ball on the Keynsham line.

The conversion by Thole pushed Clevedon into a 25-3 lead, going into the closing stages of the game.

Clevedon’s strong defence meant Keynsham failed to capitalise on their one-man advantage until the dying minutes of the match when they scored a consolation try.

This was a great all-round team performance with Ben Thole picking up the player of the match award for Clevedon.

A committed performance from the Under-14s was unfortunately not enough to book a place in the county cup final.

Their semi-final at North Petherton was played in torrential rain and strengthening winds, which impacted the side’s traditional running game. Both sides enjoyed periods in the ascendancy, but both defences held firm heading into half-time.

Defence continued to be the theme in the second half with Luke Palmer to the fore at full-back making a series of tremendous tackles whenever North Petherton broke through the first line.

Clevedon had a couple of chances of their own, but the occasional spilled ball or misplaced path denied them the opportunity to open the scoring.

Entering into the final quarter and it was the impressive home side who struck first with a well-worked try under the posts. Clevedon were forced to try and run from deep in an attempt to draw level in worsening conditions.

Late on, some tire defending allowed North Petherton to cross for the deciding score and a deserved 14-0 victory.

IN TOUGH weather conditions, Yatton Under-11s were looking to build on the strength of recent performances and they managed to do it in style.

There was an abundance of quality support and inter-linking play, coupled with strong and straight running and it allowed Yatton to overwhelm the visitors.

Yatton opened the first match with a couple of quick tries and made good use of the space out wide to add a couple more to end the half 5-0 up.

Cheddar came back strongly in the second half and both sides traded a couple of scores each, before Yatton found the space out wide again to add two more and the match ended 9-2.

An early score by Yatton in the shorter, second match was answered with a good Cheddar driving maul and try, but after that it was Yatton who dominated the play and the match finished with Yatton completing the double 7-1.

Yatton scorers were: Cammie Waites (5), Ben Clarke (3), Adam Foley (3), Connor Kane (3), Luke Gilbert and Arron Ralfs.


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