Nailsea fall just short
PUBLISHED: 14:54 20 April 2011
Tough trip ends in defeat for Nailsea and Backwell.
Old Reds 2nds 34pts
Nailsea & Backwell 27pts
NAILSEA and Backwell travelled to Scotland Lane knowing this was a tough challenge against a Reds side that contained several players with south west division experience.
The game was always going to be a tight affair and both teams contributed to an excellent game of running rugby. Although Nailsea’s pre-match preparation was good, they paid a costly penalty for a dreadful start and were 12-0 down in the first 10 minutes.
Once Nailsea settled they had a fair share of first half possession and scored a try in the corner by winger Matt Watkins, converted by fly-half Tony Hill, plus a penalty by Hill to pull Nailsea back to 12-10.
Nailsea pressurised Reds’ line and crossed twice but to their disbelief both were disallowed. Nailsea lost possession on a couple of occasions resulting in a try and penalty by Reds, to make the score 20-10 to Reds at the break.
In the second half, Nailsea played to their potential and scored a try by Hill, which he converted to bring the scores to 20-17. Reds hit back with two converted tries to stretch there lead to 34-17.
Nailsea were next to score with second row Dickie Palmer going over in the corner. Nailsea had the final word with replacement flanker Pete Hamblin touching down to make the final score 34-27 to Reds.