Nailsea & Backwell lose out to Gordano

PUBLISHED: 14:54 11 February 2015 | UPDATED: 14:54 11 February 2015

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Nailsea & Backwell lost out in a derby encounter with league leaders Gordano.

Nailsea & Backwell 10 pts

Gordano 19 pts

THIS local derby with top against mid-table, was preceded by a sponsors and vice-president’s lunch enjoyed by supporters from both camps.

Nailsea found themselves penalised within three minutes of the start on their 22, but the kick bounced off the uprights. Full-back Read’s clearance kick sent the home side into the visitors 22 for the first time. From the resultant line-out and scrum, flanker Josh Lindon picked up the loose ball to touch down, converted by Reed 7-0.

On 20 minutes, from a Gordano line-out, a knock-on gave the visitors the put-in on Nailsea’s five-yard line from which they scored a converted try to level the scores.

After the break, Nailsea took the lead with a penalty, but soon after lost the influential Linden to injury, to be replaced by the evergreen Chidzey. League leaders Gordano pushed over for a try to take the lead.

After further replacements due to injuries, Nailsea were penalised at the scrum. Gordano took their chance with a move straight from the training pitch, their centre receiving the ball at pace to crash under the posts, this time converted 10-19.

From the restart, a change of direction caught the visitors out as wing Townsend gathered cleanly and whose pace saw him go past a couple of defenders, before being brought down just outside the 22.

Captain Dickie Palmer and his team deserved at least a bonus point from this match, with a number of players out of position and a mounting injury tally.

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