Nailsea get back to winning ways at Bridgwater

PUBLISHED: 12:00 08 November 2017 | UPDATED: 12:00 08 November 2017

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Nailsea & Backwell got back to winning ways with a disciplined performance at Bridgwater.

Bridgwater 2nd XV 15 pts

Nailsea & Backwell 57 pts

Nailsea first team got back to winning ways after the disappointment of the previous week with a disciplined and aggressive performance at the breakdown.

The Nailsea forwards started well with strong scrummaging from the front row of Luke Caswell, Ryan Barrow and Ciaran Askew. After a break from Caswell, the ball was recycled for the Nailsea backline to execute a good move giving wing Matt Hunt space to score his first of three tries.

Alex Jones converted and James Cleave quickly added a second cutting a straight line to go under the posts. Try of the match came next as Nailsea were under pressure from the Bridgwater pack in their own 22.

Strong defence led by Harvey Pike resulted in a turnover and Nailsea’s sharp backs wasted no time moving the ball wide through several pairs of hands that found Joe Reed set Cleave up for his second.

Before the interval Bridgwater were awarded a penalty try after being held up over the line, the referee deeming Nailsea offside.

The second half saw more of the same, Nailsea’s excellent defence turning ball over and shifting it to their wide players, Hunt grabbing his second from 80 metres, Jones converting to make the score 7-26.

The forwards got in on the action as acting captain Dickie Palmer got on the end of some great offloads to take the game away from a tiring Bridgwater. Man of the match Ryan Barrow scored wide out from good build-up play from Ryan Anthony and Alex Jones.

Hunt and Cleave rounded off their hat-tricks from more good handling with Jones converting two. Bridgwater’s scrum-half who was industrious all day scored a superb individual try before the final word went to Nailsea with Harrison Gould rounding off with a great team try.

Nailsea’s coach Tony Hill said: “We worked all week on discipline both at the breakdown and in listening to the referee’s instructions. The lads reacted really well and produced an away performance they can be proud of.”

Nailsea’s 2nd XV went top of their league with a 99-5 victory at home to Winscombe IIIs. Try scorers included man of the match Mike Frohlich, Sam Bigley, Greg Appleby, Josh LeOudec, Matt Thomas, Cory Love, Ben Perfect and captain Ryy Love.

The seconds face a tough encounter at Avonmouth on Saturday, while the first team entertain Weston at home.

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