Nailsea and Backwell start the season with victory over Clevedon

PUBLISHED: 15:00 07 October 2015 | UPDATED: 15:00 07 October 2015

Nailsea and Backwell Under-11s started the new season with a victory over near neighbours Clevedon.

Nailsea and Backwell Under-11s travelled to Clevedon for the first match of the new season and came away with a well-deserved win.

The introduction of the kicking rules gave each team the opportunity to put into practice all their hard work.

Running rugby was the theme of the day with 12 tries for Nailsea, courtesy of three from Joseph Jeffries, two from Sam Chidzey, Dan Hill and Connor Mobbs and one apiece for Freddie Roe, George Harris and Neo Pugh.

Man of the match was a hard decision, but it went to Charlie Thornton for his outstanding work in the rucks and his crunching tackles.

Clevedon Under-15s played host to Gordano Sharks and recorded an excellent 28-19 victory.

Harry Lyon joined the likes of Zak, Sunny, Kenzie and Aran on the injured list, while other regulars were also missing for a wide variety of reasons.

They took an early lead though acting fly-half Matt Lochrie, converted by Ethan Thomas. But a lethargic first-half display was to follow with Gordano taking the lead.

A tremendous run from Isaac was stopped by a magnificent last-ditch tackle from Luke Palmer, but he soon scored an excellent try which King converted to level the scores.

Soon after, another scything run from Isaac was again halted by a superb Palmer tackle, but Gordano scored another converted try to lead 14-7 at the break.

In the second half, Clevedon were hit by an excellent counter attack which culminated in a try in the corner to extend their lead further. Clevedon’s reward came when a quickly-taken tap penalty from scrum-half Thomas saw Dane Richardson touch down, converted by Thomas.

Shortly afterwards, a loose ball in the Gordano 22 was hacked on by Harry Williams and he was tackled off the ball just prior to touching down. A penalty try was duly awarded and Clevedon led 21-19 after Thomas slotted the conversion.

A final try for the Seasiders followed in the closing minutes, the excellent Pat Childs stealing an opposition line-out and crashing over in the corner. A fine conversion from close to the touchline by Thomas set the seal on a 28-19 victory.

Yatton RFC mini section kicked off their season by hosting a newcomer to their fixture schedule, Midsomer Norton.

The Under-12s game was a spirited, but ultimately one-sided encounter, in favour of the visitors, for both of the two games.

A well-drilled Midsomer Norton side pressurised Yatton from the off, running in three tries in quick succession. With tempers fraying, the referee had to give both captains a talking to in the midst of high tackles, backchat and confrontations on the pitch.

Despite the final score line of nine tries to nil in Midsomer Norton’s favour, Yatton’s players demonstrated a great deal of skill and commitment.

The second game ended with a score of five tries to nil for Midsomer Norton, and was similar in skill level and commitment from both sides.

Special mentions should go to a number of players and debutant Leo Williams’ enthusiasm never dampened. Michael Wood, Maxx Andrews and Ben Rogers displayed great talent, Rogers in particular led by example and was Yatton’s man of the match.

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