Clevedon denied victory by late penalty

PUBLISHED: 14:38 06 November 2013 | UPDATED: 14:38 06 November 2013

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A late penalty by Bideford gave the visitors a draw at Clevedon.

CLEVEDON 20 pts

BIDEFORD 20 pts

CLEVEDON yet again let the game slip in the final minutes to record their third home draw.

Clevedon took the lead with a try by Jack Steadman from a rolling maul and increased their lead with a try by David Price, who also added the conversion.

Clevedon were sitting pretty and looking positive, but silly mistakes gave Bideford a lifeline. A crooked feed at the scrum gave Bideford a free kick from which they scored a try.

David Price kicked a penalty before Joe Tucker scored a fine individual try, but right on half-time Bideford scored a try from a rolling maul as Clevedon led 20-10 at the break.

Now with the wind at their backs, Bideford kicked well to get into scoring positions, but the Clevedon defence held firm. The game became even before Bideford had a player sin binned. During this period Clevedon failed to score.

Weak tackling let in Bideford for a converted try, but one of the good features of the Clevedon game was the scrimmaging.

With victory looking assured, Clevedon had a player sin binned and from the resulting penalty, Bideford drew the game.

Clevedon need to learn when to close the game down with time running out. Head coach Nick Hill said another frustrating performance where they plucked a draw from the mouth of victory.

On Saturday, Clevedon are home to Coney Hill (2.30pm). There will be vice-president’s lunch at 1.30pm.

Old Silians 1st XV 3 pts

Clevedon 2nd XV 43 pts

THE second XV ventured into Bath to continue their impressive run of form.

As expected, the weather was dreadful with a howling gale and driving rains at times. Clevedon elected to play into the wind first-half and considering the conditions did well, with Oliver Jones scoring the first try and Jonathon Hicks racing through from inside his own half, Biggins was on hand to kick the extras.

The second half was a one-sided affair with Clevedon in control, as the weather got worse and the home crowd ran for cover. Clevedon kept pushing and scored five more tries through Joe Trudgian (2), Brian Largenton and DJ Dave Burns (2). Biggins added three more conversions as Clevedon stay top of Somerset Division 1.

Clevedon Colts 32 pts

North Petherton 14 pts

THE Colts had the luxury of a full set of replacements available for the first time this season and started the brighter of the two teams.

They soon found themselves two tries to the good through Dan Haskell and Guy Prideaux, with Kieran Hill converting both for a 14-0 lead. Despite having the lion’s share of possession and territorial advantage, this was as good as it got for the Colts in the first-half.

In what can only be described as five minutes of madness, Clevedon contrived to gift Petherton a try through an intercepted pass and almost from the restart, a series of missed tackles saw them cross the line again. With both tries converted the score line was nicely poised at 14-14 at half-time.

The break gave Clevedon time to regroup and with the gale force wind behind them, they started the second half much more impressively by going back to basics and keeping things simple.

It came as no surprise when Ali Balcombe crossed for an unconverted try and with some good positional kicking from Hill, Clevedon started to gain the upper hand.

Chris Warren, who was a threat all afternoon, scored the fourth try and a penalty from Hill put further daylight between the two teams.

Shortly afterwards North Petherton were reduced to 14 players following a sending off which left the final word to Clevedon when Tom Parsons powered forward to cross for the final try.


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