Seasiders tough afternoon at Chipping Sodbury

PUBLISHED: 10:34 28 November 2018 | UPDATED: 10:35 28 November 2018

Harvey Russell.

Harvey Russell.

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Clevedon suffered a tough match at Chipping Sodbury, going down 43-10 to the hosts.

Chipping Sodbury 43 pts

Clevedon 10 pts

This proved a very tough afternoon on the road for Clevedon and if it wasn’t for determined defence, the score could have been more.

On a grey and cold November day, Clevedon started well building phases and asking questions of the big Sodbury side and were rewarded with a penalty opportunity converted by Adam Coles to lead.

Early doors saw the Seasiders getting the better of the larger Sodbury pack at scrum time, gaining penalties and enabling them to gain ground.

However, it was from a scrum that Sodbury got their first score when the referee decided that Clevedon had dropped a scrum with Sodbury flying backwards and from the resulting penalty they were able to release their big running backs to score an unconverted try for 5-3.

This was followed by a break down the blind side for Sodbury to score a converted try. The next 20 minutes saw Sodbury attacking deep into the Clevedon half and only determined defence led by the back row of Russell, Tucker and Ford, kept them at bay.

With minutes left Clevedon surged into the Sodbury half and from a strong scrum the Seasiders were rewarded with a penalty and the advantage saw the fleet-footed Tom Thie score converted by Coles.

Clevedon then lost the services of line-out technician Ben Chase and the influential backrower Charles Tucker through injury, with the side reshuffling Sodbury scored another try to lead 17-12 at the break.

The second half saw Clevedon playing up the slope and were soon rewarded with a penalty, which unfortunately did not find touch and a clearance kick from Sodbury saw the ball bounce favourably over the Clevedon players heads and into Sodbury’s hands to increase their lead.

This proved to be the story of the second half as Clevedon’s spirited defence was tested and any worthwhile possession was lost by forcing the issue and the Sodbury side got on top to score another four tries and finish resounding winners.

Head coach Nick Hill said: “It is a learning curve at the moment but we will get there, but our thoughts this week lie with the family of Bob Downey, who sadly passed this week after a battle with illness. Bob was a keen player and stalwart of the club and more importantly one of life’s nice guys.

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