Clevedon fail to take their chances
PUBLISHED: 14:50 27 November 2013 | UPDATED: 14:50 27 November 2013
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Clevedon travelled to North Petherton and failed to make the most of their chances.
NORTH PETHERTON 24 pts
CLEVEDON 15 pts
THIS was another frustrating game, as the Clevedon’s pack performance was outstanding with dominance in the scrums.
The visitors took an early lead with a penalty by Mike Taylor. Clevedon had the early territorial advantage, but the backs were unable to turn pressure into points.
North Petherton took the lead with a catch and drive at a line-out with a converted try. A second try followed when Clevedon lost possession in the hosts’ 22 and the counter attack plus some poor tackling produced a second score, which again was converted.
Clevedon did the same after a good handling and support movement saw Tom Thie finish off a length of the field try, which was converted by Taylor. On the stroke of half-time, Petherton scored their third try after another good move, again converted as the hosts led 21-10 at the break.
From the restart, Petherton kicked a penalty. Clevedon, now mainly through their forwards, applied a great deal of pressure. Consequently, Petherton had two players sin binned.
During this period, Clevedon relied upon the scrum to get a pushover try. Tactically it would have been better to have spread the ball wide where Clevedon had an overlap due to the sin binning.
Eventually, Clevedon did score a try through George Towers, but the conversion failed and Clevedon lost the chance of a losing bonus point.
On reflection, Clevedon had an abundance of possession, but instead of running wide, they kept coming back inside. Coach Nick Hill said the lads deserved more out of the game, but they have to keep working hard and the results will come.
On Saturday, Clevedon are home to St Austell (kick-off 2.30pm). There will be a vice-president’s lunch at 1.30pm.
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