Seasiders pay the penalty as they slip to defeat
PUBLISHED: 11:32 03 October 2018 | UPDATED: 11:32 03 October 2018
Clevedon were made to pay for a poor performance in a game they should have won at Old Richians.
Old Richians 27 pts
Clevedon 22 pts
Clevedon’s away form was brought into question with a game they should have won, with too many conceded penalties and an inability to look after the ball was the order of the day.
The Seasiders started well putting phases together and pressurising the home side’s red zone and looked odds on to score, but the final pass was dropped just before the line.
The next 20 minutes saw Clevedon trying to build momentum, but any meaningful line breaks were scuppered by poor ball retention at the breakdown which led to conceding needless penalties.
Richians’ first real attack resulted in a score when a mix-up in Clevedon’ midfield allowed the hosts to score a converted try. Clevedon replied with a penalty from Jordan Mein.
The last third of the half saw Clevedon camped in the Richian’s half and two more penalties from Mein took them into a 9-7 lead at the break.
The second half started with Clevedon on the attack and the space of five minutes they had two clear-cut chances but once again the final pass denied them, and it was the hosts who scored when a stolen line-out ball led to a soft try converted.
The introduction of the slimline Ashley Vailles seemed to pay off as quick thinking at penalty time saw him offload to Tom Thie to score under the posts, converted by Mein.
Moments later Mein added another penalty to stretch the lead to 19-14. Richians hit back with a try when poor defence at the scrum saw the hosts No 8 cruise in unopposed for an unconverted try.
The home side increased the lead with a penalty and another converted try. With seconds left on the clock Mein secured a losing bonus point with a well-struck penalty.
Head coach Nick Hill said this was game we should have won as we created good scoring chances but didn’t finish them which led to frustration and a lack of execution at the setpiece didn’t help matters.