Nailsea hold out for narrow win

PUBLISHED: 12:39 12 September 2012




Despite receiving three yellow cards, Nailsea & Backwell gained a narrow away win at Stothert & Pitt.

Stothert & Pitt 20pts

Nailsea & Backwell 22pts

NAILSEA & Backwell travelled to Stothert & Pitt with a few changes from the previous week’s win against Wiveliscombe.

After 15 minutes, Nailsea scrum-half Jamie Sullivan received a yellow card for excessive use of the boot. With Nailsea down to 14 men, Stothert scored a converted try.

After half-an-hour and the reintroduction of Sullivan, Nailsea’s set piece was to reward them after a well-worked move. Sullivan saw a gap on the blind side and made a darting run to score a magnificent try which was not converted.

With half-time looming, Nailsea centre Dave Bow was yellow carded for not rolling away at the tackle and then Rob Baker received a yellow for an infringement at the breakdown

With Nailsea down to 13 men, Stothert gave away a penalty which was converted by Adam Morris giving Nailsea the half-time lead.

Nailsea started well in the second half with Morris scoring in the corner, he kicked the extras to make it 7-15 to Nailsea.

With both players back on the pitch, Stothert scored a converted try. Nailsea responded from the restart with No 8 Tom Crossman crashing through the defence to score, duly converted by Morris.

Shortly after Nailsea gave away a penalty in front of the posts which Stothert kicked to bring the score to 20-22. Nailsea showed more determination and greater fitness in the dying minutes of the game, showing that the hard work in the summer paid off.

Nailsea and Backwell 1st XV are at home to Imperial on Saturday and the 2nd XV start their season with an away trip to Old Sulians.

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