Mistakes cost Clevedon dear

PUBLISHED: 14:30 19 September 2012

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Clevedon only had themselves to blame as they fell to their first defeat of the season at Oldfield.

OLDFIELD 26 pts

CLEVEDON 13 pts

The scoreline suggests that Clevedon were well beaten, however they had only themselves to blame as they fell to their first defeat of the season.

Despite having most of the possession, an error strewn first 20 minutes saw Clevedon fall behind to two tries. Although chasing the game, Clevedon did look much the better side and managed to strike back late on the first half, with a try for captain Tom Thie to make the half-time score 12-5.

Playing down the slope in the second half, Clevedon went further behind after careless kicking resulted in another Oldfield try, duly converted. This seemed to kick start Clevedon in to action and after sustained pressure, Alex Giltrow touched down out wide to take the score to 19-10.

Now it was all Clevedon who were camped in the Oldfield 22 for most of the second half, but once again poor ball retention and poor decision making took its toll and despite all the pressure a James Huxtable penalty was all they had to show.

Oldfield sealed the game with a last minute breakaway try to make the final score 26-13.

Head coach Nick Hill said “It was a disappointing defeat as we did have the lions share of the possession, but take nothing away from Oldfield who defended well and gave us a lesson in how to finish their chances.

“Hopefully the manner of this defeat will give us the kick up the back side we need. Owen Biggins, Jack Williams, Ali Blundell and Tubby Vailes were all outstanding.”

Clevedon are home to Thornbury on Saturday (3pm). Vice-president’s lunch at 2pm.


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