Nailsea complete a comfortable victory

PUBLISHED: 14:27 19 September 2012




Nailsea & Backwell strolled to a comfortabale 53-0 victory over Imperial.

Nailsea & Backwell 53 pts

Imperial 0 pts

NAILSEA & Backwell imposed themselves early in the game, pressing Imperial deep into their own half, but an early opportunity was squandered with a missed penalty.

Undeterred, the Ravens continued to apply pressure and were rewarded after 10 minutes when a desperate clearance kick was gathered and Nailsea exploited the open space with stunning support play, releasing Lawrence Hunt to cross the line for his first try for the 1st XV. Rob Baker secured the extras with the conversion.

The hosts immediately found themselves in the opposition 22 again, with great work from the forwards. Imperial were showing signs of frustration which resulted in a penalty and Adam Morris stretched the lead.

Playing with his head up, Baker hit a gap in the struggling defence and offloaded to Tom Crossman in support who crashed over for the second try. Maximum points secured from the Baker.

The first half finished as it had started with the Nailsea missing a second penalty, but with 17 unanswered points in the bag.

Imperial started the second half with aggression, trying to break down the Nailsea & Backwell defence, but the Ravens were able to stand firm and were rewarded with an early penalty from Baker.

It was now the turn of the Nailsea backs to strut their stuff as Jamie Sullivan, Rob Baker and Adam Morris lit up the backline. Morris opened up the Imperial defence and Baker stepped in to cross the whitewash, Baker again converting for maximum points.

The Nailsea fly-half repeated his success three minutes later. Imperial were tiring and Nailsea took full advantage, their support in open play was outstanding. Tom Crossman touched down for his second try of the match, but this time unconverted.

Three minutes later Josh Goodman finished off a stunning move to register his first 1st XV try, Baker converted. George Mansfield, who had worked tirelessly all game, was rewarded as he finished the game off with his try, also converted by Baker.

Jason Hobson was pleased with the team’s performance, but still had areas where he would like to see improvement.

Congratulations to Lawrence Hunt on his debut for the Ravens 1st XV, and to the shared men of the match, George Mansfield and Steve Isaac.

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