Gordano back on top after derby success

PUBLISHED: 09:33 17 January 2018 | UPDATED: 09:33 17 January 2018

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Gordano returned to the top of the table after this derby success over Nailsea & Backwell.

Gordano 35 pts

Nailsea & Backwell 7 pts

Gordano took all five points from the North Somerset derby with a 15-minute spell that which blew away Nailsea and Backwell.

The start of the game looked promising for Gordano as they took an easy three points in the first five minutes and added a try to that when Noah Homes-McAdam was put away nicely in the corner,.

Nailsea fought hard and with their larger than normal pack they were nullifying any of Gordano’s attack. Nailsea had a great chance of their own to score as their winger was running in, Sam Hodge made a great covering tackle.

Unfortunately for him, his tackle was adjudged to have beend high and was given a yellow card. With it being a try-saving tackle that was deemed to be illegal, it was harsh on Nailsea not to receive a penalty try, but instead they had to kick to the corner and try to push over Gordano.

This wake-up call of the near miss sparked the Gordano defence into life and Nailsea came away with nothing.

The Gordano players knew they needed to raise the tempo in the second half and with the Nailsea pack starting to tire, Gordano did just that and had a 15-minute period where they ran in four tries.

The first came when Jack Thomas powered his way over from close range, followed by Hodge showing his pace out wide and the last two scored by Tim Statton and Thomas again.

This was a great period of the game for Gordano, but Nailsea did lose a player to the sin bin in this time, so when he returned Nailsea were able to stop the rot and got some field position of their own and game away with a well-worked score of their own.

Both sets of coaches will not be happy with their own team’s performances as this was not a classic to remember, but Gordano showed enough in periods.

The Mark’s Barbers man of the match was Stuart Harris, whose support play was outstanding all day.

After the pain of losing last week to Wiveliscombe, this victory for Gordano was a boost which got better when the result from Imperial came in with the South Bristol team getting the win that puts Gordano back on top of Somerset Premier.

Next up for Gordano is St Bernadette’s away on Saturday.

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