Clevedon defeated on their travels

PUBLISHED: 14:47 07 November 2012




Clevedon lost again on the road, this time at Cullompton.



IT was another case of what might have been, as Clevedon lost again on the road, in what is proving to be a frustrating time for the Seasiders.

After missing the chance to go ahead early on, Clevedon fell behind shortly afterwards as Cullompton took advantage of a turnover and scored under the posts, duly converted to take the lead.

Clevedon were always in the game and after a period of sustained pressure hit back with a try from the outstanding Steve Hunt, converted by Mike Taylor to level the scores.

Clevedon had chances to take the lead, but indecision let them down and when Ali Blundell was harshly sin binned, the hosts took the advantage to score another converted try after sloppy Clevedon defence allowed them in. Cullompton went further ahead with a penalty to go in at half-time with a 17-7 lead.

After the break, Clevedon battled hard to break down the stubborn home defence, but again unforced errors and poor decision making let them down on more than one occasion.

Cullompton increased their lead further with an ungainly drop goal that just skimmed over the bar to take the score to 20-12.

Clevedon’s cause wasn’t helped when influential kicker Taylor was forced to leave the pitch with an eye injury, but the Seasiders never gave up, and with 10 minutes left on the clock, Mike Lowis crashed over for an unconverted try.

With seconds remaining, Clevedon were awarded a penalty, unfortunately with no recognised kicker on the pitch they were unable to secure the losing bonus point they deserved and were left rueing what might have been.

Head coach Nick Hill said: “The lads battled well for 80 minutes and deserved more, but that’s the way things go when you are not getting the rub of the green. Every side goes through this at some point and it is just a question of working hard and keeping going. Steve Hunt, Dean Ashfield, Dave Rawle, Ali Blundell and Alex Giltrow were all outstanding.”

On Saturday, Clevedon are at home to Chard (2.30pm). There will be a vice-president’s lunch at 1.30pm. On Sunday, Clevedon travel to Frome in the Somerset Cup (2pm).

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