Clevedon back to winning ways

PUBLISHED: 14:31 21 November 2012

Clevedon Rugby Club.

Clevedon Rugby Club.


Clevedon gave a confident display, defeating North Dorset 22-5 at home.



AFTER an inspiring cup win last week, it was pleasing to see Clevedon playing better and with more confidence.

Clevedon started well and some good defensive work by North Dorset kept Clevedon at bay. The hosts spurned a try scoring opportunity when not passing with a two-man overlap with the whitewash begging to be crossed.

Clevedon missed a kickable penalty in heavy conditions, before a good handling move saw Oscar James score in the corner. Clevedon attacked at every opportunity and were rewarded with a try after a devastating run by Ben Littleton. This gave the Seasiders a cushion going into half-time.

The second half again showed Clevedon’s willingness to run the ball. The Clevedon forwards were beginning to get on top and it was only good North Dorset defence that stopped Clevedon.

North Dorset had their fair share of possession, but Clevedon always kept them at bay. A length of the field move after a great break by Harry Knowles saw Dean Ashfield go over.

Clevedon were putting the visitors under great pressure in the scrums and from one Steve Hunt crossed, allowing Mike Taylor to convert. Late in the game, North Dorset scored a deserved consolation try.

There were promising performances from Harley Foley, Alex Giltrow and George Towers, all good youngsters for the future.

On Saturday, Clevedon travel to North Petherton (2.30pm).

Clevedon 3rd XV 11 pts

Winscombe 2nd XV 7 pts

The third team travelled to Winscombe, and the mix of age, experience and youth was apparent with five members of the current colts’ side playing.

A frantic start saw Clevedon apply the early pressure. A mistake in attack resulted in a Winscombe scrum, the powerful pack drove the opposition off the ball, but unfortunately lost hooker Neil Tucker with a leg injury after only three minutes.

A re-shuffle in the pack saw Paul Amor step into the front row and had an inspirational game, leading from the front.

Clevedon kept pushing forward and a sweeping move across the pitch saw the Dunn twins, Alan and Simon, combine for Simon Dunn to score a fine try.

Clevedon defended well, marshalled by the evergreen Ade Freeman controlling the game from fly-half. Clevedon scored a penalty through the trusty boot of Mark Jenkins, but Winscombe hit back with a converted try.

Probing runs from George Thorne, John Harvey and John Pearce forced the home team into errors, resulting in another penalty which Jenkins slotted over.

Thanks go to water boys Ollie and Josh Jenkins and physio Charlie Tucker for all their help and support through the game keeping the players hydrated and patched up.

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