Nailsea & Backwell hit back to defeat Old Reds

PUBLISHED: 10:34 28 November 2018 | UPDATED: 10:34 28 November 2018

Joe Reed

Joe Reed

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Nailsea & Backwell took the lead for the first time against Old Redcliffianswith 20 minutes to go to run out comfortable winners.

Nailsea & Backwell 29 pts

Old Redcliffians 2nd XV 11 pts

This game was a lot tougher than the end score suggests as Nailsea were never in the lead until 20 minutes to go.

Playing up the hill in the first half, the Ravens succumbed to a barrage of pressure which resulted in two penalties kicked by Old Reds centre Daniel Jones. The response was swift and Luke Caswell went over for the first of his four tries to make it 5-6 at the break.

The second half started with Old Reds keeping the ball well with James Clements spotting a gap in the Nailsea defence to go over to extend their lead.

Nailsea started to get some excellent territory with Joe Reed and Jamie Elswood kicking well. From an attacking scrum, No 8 Caswell picked up and ran in from the 22. After a yellow card to the Reds scrum-half, the dominant Nailsea scrum meant Caswell went untouched for his hat-trick.

With all the momentum, Dickie Palmer made a break from inside his own half to be dragged down a metre short, Caswell finished off with a fine pick and go and Josh Collins converted.

Nailsea scored the try of the game to finish when Ben Perfect offloaded to Ryan Barrow to score. Collins converted to finish 29-11.

Nailsea have a tough test on Saturday against a strong Burnham side, 2.30pm kick-off at West End Park.

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