Clevedon crash against Bridgwate

PUBLISHED: 14:07 30 November 2011

Weston V Nailsea and Backwell U9's.

Weston V Nailsea and Backwell U9's.

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Clevedon Under-13s lost 51-29 against a strong Bridgwater team.

CLEVEDON Under-13s played some attractive rugby in an entertaining game, but were eventually well beaten 51-29 by a strong Bridgwater team.

Clevedon stuck to their game and produced five good tries from Rhys Talbot, Brent Manners, Jack Houston, Ed Mathias and Hayden Lowis. Lowis particularly deserved his try for his consistent work rate and effort. Tom Carter and Zak Blythe played their first games for club.

Clevedon squad: Upton, Lowis, Drew, James, Marlborough, Manners, Barcham, Gathercole, Drew, Perry, Talbot, Thole, Vickery, Tilling, Rochat, Tilling, Carter, Blythe.

The Under-15s recorded an excellent 19-12 win against Devizes. This hard fought game saw the opening try and conversion scored against the play by Devizes. Clevedon added a try and conversion just before half-time courtesy of Ben Williams and Kieran Hill.

During the second half, the visitors scored another try and time was running out for Clevedon, but with seven minutes left Guy Prideux powered over. Hill slotted the ball between the posts, taking Clevedon into the lead.

Devizes kicked off straight into the arms of Luke Gardener, who ran all the way to the Devizes line to score, sealing a great victory.

Clevedon Colts travelled to Wellington in their latest fixture, losing to a late drop goal.

The visitors soon found their feet and started to string some phases together, Declan Symes and Jonathon wining quality ball in the line-out, while the back row of Ford, Thorne and Mason scavenged for every ball.

Clevedon where soon on top and started to dominate around the pitch, Chris Warren broke free to set up the first try and the resulting ruck saw quick ball release Sam Leigh to go over for the first try, converted by Luke Blizzard.

The second half saw a change in personnel with Kieran Harris joining Jason Puddy in the front row and debutant Hans Johnson in the second row. Wellington hit back with a try of their own, before Clevedon regrouped and Joe Tucker crossed for his 11th try of the season, Luke Blizzard adding the extra points.

Wellington kept up the pressure and some weak tackling saw them score again, but they missed the conversion still leaving Clevedon in the lead with only minutes to play.

Wellington broke downfield and the resulting ruck saw them kick a drop goal to win the game by one point. A fine performance from Ali Balcombe was a main feature of the game, along with the returning Aaron Mason.

THE visit of a well-drilled and well-balanced St Brendan’s side to West End Park led to a hard-fought encounter, which Nailsea and Backwell Under-12s eventually lost 0-14 after conceding a converted try in both halves.

Ravens came close to crossing the opposition line on two occasions, but both times their efforts were spoiled by committed defending from the visitors.

With several tall and strong forwards providing a good supply of ball, the St Brendan’s backs had plenty of opportunity to show off their excellent ball handling and running skills. The first try came from one such display when one of the centres danced his way through the Nailsea defence.

The Ravens’ pack worked hard with No 8 Sam Williams causing the visitors all kinds of trouble and went on to earn the home side’s man of the match award. Hooker Owain Down, fly-half Dom Wood and prop Ben Brown all made fine stops in the first-half.

The second period saw the arrival of a few familiar Nailsea and Backwell faces. Making his club debut, Charlie Porter made good use of his height and power in the second row.

The tackling of Will Allward, who took the place of Sam Williams after he sustained an injury, was welcome as was the defending of backs Enzo Jolley and Ben Morris.

Full-back Sam Williams also made a try-saving stop towards the end of the match and centre Joel Giltrow was unlucky not to reap some kind of reward.

Assistant coach Simon Giltrow praised the squad for a good all-round performance.

YATTON and Cheddar Under-15s played host to Wells and ran out 47-8 winners.

From the kick,off Yatton kept possession and second row Ant Abruzzo powered over the line to score, converted by Jack Edwards. Soon after, Ben Hutton sprinted over between the posts, again converted by Edwards.

Edwards kicked a penalty before good work from Nathan Jones, Edwards, Sam Powell jinked his way over the line with Edwards converting again. Two more tries were scored by Yatton before the break, through Mike Gane and James Edwards.

After the break, Yatton chose to rest a few players. The hosts scored again when Kody Mortimer offloaded to Jones to cross the line, converted by Edwards. Wells never gave up and managed to cross the line for a well-deserved try. From the restart, Dave Alexander sprinted in under the posts a converted try.

There were big tackles made by Guy James, Ross Henderson and Olly Cornish. Also Jamie Walker, Dave Alexander, Matt Scully, Kody Mortimer all played well, but Nathan Jones was the man of the match.

A glorious morning saw Yatton Under-8s play two fabulous matches against a well-organised Wellington team.

Both games witnessed some end to end rugby that was both expansive and exciting. In addition, there were some great periods of solid defending. However, in the end, a couple of well-worked set pieces using the long pass to run wide proved to be Yatton’s undoing. At the final whistle it was Wellingtom who edged both games at 8-5.

Particular mention goes to Caleb Clarke whose support play and hunger for the ball and the try line was excellent throughout.

Yatton try scorers were: Caleb Clarke (3), Matthew Chapman, Adam Fole, Luke Gilbert, Tamsin Haines, Conor Kane, Aaron Ralfs and Callum Watts.


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