Rugby: Brave Clevedon unrewarded at Chew Valley
PUBLISHED: 08:51 12 March 2019 | UPDATED: 08:51 12 March 2019
Clevedon produced a gallant effort in their 29-13 loss at Western Counties North leaders Chew Valley after playing for an hour with only 14 men.
The Seasiders started well, with the wind at their backs, and put Chew under pressure in the scrum.
But they couldn’t find a way through and then saw one of their players sent off for illegal use of the boot on 20 minutes.
Clevedon took the lead nonetheless with a fine try from Jack Crew, which was converted by Jordan Mein, who added a penalty before the break to make it 10-0.
Table-topping Chew put Clevedon’s defence under increasing pressure in the second half, though, and ran in five tries while the visitors were temporarily down to 13 men due to a sin-bin offence.
Two of the tries were converted as Clevedon came away empty-handed, despite a superb display by Tom Thie.
Head coach Nick Hill said: “Obviously the lads are very disappointed, as with 15 players it could have been very different.
“That said, they should be proud because they showed tremendous spirit right until the end.”