Biggins bags winning try

PUBLISHED: 12:40 12 September 2012

Dean Ashfield.

Dean Ashfield.


A try by Rory Biggins was enough to earn Clevedon a narrow victory over Paignton.

Clevedon 14pts

Paignton 11pts

ALTHOUGH Clevedon secured a win late on in their first home game of the season, it was a disappointing match for the large crowd as Clevedon failed to gain any grip on the game against Paignton.

The home side played into Paignton’s hands by trying to out muscle them up front, this led to turnovers and frustration and when Clevedon did go wide, careless passing or forced offloads denied them any scoring chances.

Having missed three other chances, the only score in a boring first half, was a Paignton penalty.

The coaches words at half-time seemed to fall on deaf ears as Clevedon started the second half in the same fashion as the first and they fell further behind after a chip through saw Paignton score a try in the corner, which was unconverted.

Clevedon eventually started to create chances, but thoughtless running and lack of support play only led to further frustration and Paignton moved further ahead through a converted penalty.

With 16 minutes left on the clock, Matt Carpenter entered the fray and made huge inroads with his direct running. This lifted Clevedon and after a period of sustained pressure, the home side were awarded a penalty try, converted by Huxtable.

Clevedon sealed the victory with a fine running try from Rory Biggins, converted by Huxtable.

Head coach Nick Hill said: “I wish I could say Paignton were a good side, but this was simply not the truth. We got it tactically wrong, we got involved in an arm wrestle and played into their hands which lead to a great deal of frustration.

“We’ve said it before, it’s all about building on performances and we simply did not do that. There were still some fine individual performances and the lads never gave up, Rory Biggins, Brad Summerall, Blaize Bosley and Matt Carpenter were all outstanding.”

On Saturday, Clevedon travel to Oldfield 3pm.

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