Nailsea go top after eight try romp

PUBLISHED: 16:00 23 February 2011 | UPDATED: 16:00 23 February 2011

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NAILSEA & Backwell travelled to Midsomer Norton and came away with what was finally a comfortable eight try victory to go top of Somerset One.

NAILSEA & Backwell travelled to Midsomer Norton and came away with what was finally a comfortable eight try victory to go top of Somerset One.

Winger Matt Watkins opened the scoring with the first of his four tries, beating two defenders on the outside to score a fine individual try, Hill getting the conversion.

Norton responded with a well driven maul from fully 30 metres out, driving over for a converted try. Matt Watkins then produced a replica of his first try, the only difference being the beating of three defenders instead of two.

Just before half-time, the ball was moved wide to winger A J Thomas after pressure was applied and the ball won through a Matt Watkins tackle. Thomas made good ground and passed inside to the supporting Pete Hamblin who gathered the ball well to score making the half time score 7-17.

The bonus point try came early in the second half when a break by Watkins put Hill free only to be tap tackled five metres from the line. Hill however, managed to offload to the supporting Watkins for his third try, converted by Hill.

Norton again responded through their heavy pack when a five metre line-out was secured and driven over for an unconverted try.

Nailsea, showing superior fitness, then opened up with four unconverted tries in the last 10 minutes of the game through Dickie Palmer, Rob Baker, Chris Quinn and Watkins’ fourth to make the final score 12-44.

Points adjustments to the league structure saw Nailsea & Backwell move to the top of the league on the back of this win.

On Saturday, Nailsea move to cup action at home to Gloucester One side Painswick.


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