Nailsea & Backwell back to winning ways in style

PUBLISHED: 15:07 15 February 2017

Tom Baxter.

Tom Baxter.


Nailsea & Backwell got back to winning ways with an excellent victory at home to Bridgwater & Albion.

Nailsea & Backwell 38 pts

Bridgwater & Albion 2nd XV 10 pts

After an indifferent couple of weeks with defeat to Winscombe and two postponed matches, the Nailsea boys were itching to get on the park and play rugby.

Bridgwater & Albion’s second string were the visitors to the West End and after just 10 minutes Nailsea laid down the challenge with outside-half Tom Baxter making the bust and lay-off to Alex Jones, who scored the opening try.

Bridgwater responded 10 minutes later with a converted try, but Nailsea responded from a scrum on Bridgwater’s 22. Nailsea scrum-half Matthew Thomas chipped over and won the race to the ball and score to make the half time score 10-7.

The third quarter went scoreless other than a Bridgwater penalty, but then after some sustained forward pressure from Nailsea, Harry Mason drove over for a try converted by Jones.

Nailsea were gaining dominance both in scrums and the driven maul and it was from a line-out in the visitors 22, Nailsea captain Jamie Sullivan was driven over for a well-taken bonus point try.

With the match result pretty much in the bag, Nailsea began to cut loose and run the ball. Centre Luke Stevens chipped through for three Nailsea backs to win the race to regain the possession and send Jones over for his second try, which he also also converted.

The move of the match came in injury time when Luke Caswell broke the Bridgwater defence and pass to Adam Grafton, who drew the last defender and send the scoring pass back to Caswell for the prop to race in under the posts. Jones converted, leaving the final score 38-10.

Assistant coach Tony Cottle chose openside flanker Harrison Gould as man of the match. Although he did not make it on the scoresheet, he was simply everywhere throughout the game from start to finish.

On Saturday, Nailsea entertain Bristol Harlequins in the Somerset Premier league.

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