Nailsea & Backwell fall away after the break

PUBLISHED: 09:16 30 October 2015 | UPDATED: 09:16 30 October 2015

Despite holding a first-half lead, Nailsea & Backwell went down to defeat against Hornets.

Hornets 2nd XV 29 pts

Nailsea & Backwell 17 pts

Nailsea & Backwell visited Hornets and quickly got into their stride rattling up two tries in the first 10 minutes, but were beaten 29-17.

The first score came from a line-out drive finished off by hooker Greg Appleby and the second by captain and scrum-half Jamie Sullivan, who showed good strength in sniping over from a scrum.

Joe Read converted both tries and added a penalty on the half-hour. Hornets responded with a converted try and finished the half attacking the Nailsea line, where Nailsea showed good resolve in defence to close the half at 7-17.

The visitors were good value for their deserved lead and a bonus point win looked a possibility, however the second half was to prove a different story.

Hornets applied consistent pressure in the second half and came away with 22 unanswered points to make the final score 29-17. All that was good in the first-half game seemed to evaporate after the break.

Missed tackles, stuttering passing in attack and too many penalties contrived to provide Hornets with territory gains from which they invariably capitalised.

Nailsea need to regroup and put together an 80-minute game for visitors St Bernadettes Old Boys on November 7.

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