Clevedon notch up their first away success of the season
PUBLISHED: 10:39 07 November 2018
A young Clevedon side gave a fine performance to record their first away victory of the season.
Cheltenham 20 pts
Clevedon 43 pts
The Clevedon boys were back on the road looking for that elusive away win, having not won away since the opening game of the season.
Cheltenham took an early lead with a penalty, but this did not phase the young Seasiders as they pushed hard and started to penetrated the Cheltenham defence.
Clevedon’s structured game plan for playing into the wind soon took effect when running out of defence rather than kicking saw fleet-footed full-back Jordan Mein show a fine turn of pace to score under the posts which he also converted.
Cheltenham’s big pack hit back with a forward drive that resulted with a try of their own, but this only spurred Clevedon on stringing together several phases, keeping the ball in hand and running the ball at every opportunity.
With the young back line guided by Tom Thie and Ashley Vailes, they ran riot with Adam Coles in sparkling form in the centre.
This constant pressure resulted in a Clevedon line-out and cunning captain Matthew Honour used his experience to throw a short ball to Toby Ford who raced a full 50 yards to score Clevedon’s second try.
The visitors were now in the driving seat and allowed their own Welsh wizard Rhys Talbot to release quick ball for Ali Balcombe to score a try after some slick handling.
The Seasiders continued to dominate the first half and with their back row in fabulous form, Charlie Tucker, Toby Ford and Lewis O’Brien keeping Cheltenham’s attacks to the bare minimum.
Again the visitors pushed on and the impressive Mein scored a second try which he in turn converted just before the break, although the final say of the half went to the hosts, Cheltenham’s pack drove to the line to score their second try which was converted.
The second half saw Clevedon change their game plan as they were now playing with the wind and some fine searching kicks into the opposition’s half created chances, but the hosts clawed their way back and started to dominate the early stages, but it was not long before Clevedon clicked back into gear through
Tom Thie who marshalled from behind the scrum, bobbed and weaved his way through the defence to score Clevedon’s fifth try which Mein converted.
Clevedon’s forwards with the wind at their backs started to take control with Brian Largenton, Blaise Bosley and Oli Jones prominent.
The visitor’s next try came from Ashley Vailes as he used his fast footwork to evade the oncoming tacklers to cross for a fine try.
Clevedon’s final and seventh try came from a driving line-out which saw the leaping Ben Chase reach out for the ball, gather it in and transfer to man of the match Charlie Tucker, who then drove the ball to the line to score which was converted by Mein.
The last say went to Cheltenham who on the final whistle scored a consolation try.
Acting coach Neil Tucker said: “This was a much improved performance from a young developing squad, I am very proud and pleased of how they all performed today.”