Rugby: Clevedon left empty handed against Matson
PUBLISHED: 13:00 12 September 2019
Clevedon were left empty handed after a 29-20 loss to Matson in their first league match of the new season.
The hosts showed lots of spirit against a physical Gloucestershire side, who opened the scoring with a converted try.
Matson's forwards were met by some dogged defence, while Tom Thie, Grant Cherrington and Mitch Jordan made fine breaks.
Thie converted a penalty for Clevedon, but a fumbled lineout led to a second Matson try to make it 12-3.
Despite having a player in the sin-bin, Clevedon veteran Ashley Vailles went over from a quick tap penalty to cut the gap to four points.
But Matson moved 17-8 up, before captain Brian Largenton went over and Vailless converted to leave Clevedon two points behind.
The visitors scored twice in quick succession to make it 29-15, before Ollie Jones went over, but the conversion shaved the posts and a losing bonus point went begging.