Nailsea juniors in good form...

PUBLISHED: 14:29 11 January 2012

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Nailsea Under-14s are in good form as they look forward to the Bristol Junior Cup final on Sunday.

FOR their first fixture of 2012, Nailsea & Backwell Under-14s travelled to Thornbury and came away with a 39-7 victory.

Nailsea started the stronger with the pack settling in early, and dominating the breakdowns. Just eight metres out, the Nailsea back row launched a successful attack to open the scoring with Ryan charging over the line.

A great passage of play saw proficient handling from the whole Nailsea & Backwell squad as they began to stretch the Thornbury defence. Superb support play opened the gap and resulted in a try beneath the posts for Harry Marshall, converted by Marcus Bear.

With their heads up, the Nailsea backline began exploiting spaces on such a wide pitch and a well-measured grubber from Sam Palmer allowed Bear to apply pressure over the try line, also converting his own try.

Further pressure allowed winger Jack O’Malley to finish a great team effort as the visitors finished the first half 24 points up.

The second half saw Nailsea continue to apply pressure, but the Thornbury defence rallied well, showing great resistance. It took some sharp hands and great timing for Nailsea to score again when Will Summers crossed.

Poor discipline by Nailsea allowed Thornbury to score a converted try. Nailsea cranked up the pressure again and responded with two unconverted tries through Harrison Gould and Summers to make the final score 39-7 to Nailsea & Backwell.

The Under-14s take on Bath in the BJCC final on Sunday at Old Reds RFC.

AFTER two handsome victories in December, Gordano Sharks Under-14s went looking for a third win on the bounce, but had to settle for a 26-26 draw against St Brendans Old Boys.

Wearing their new kit kindly sponsored by Imperial Sports & Leisurewear, the Sharks rushed into a three try lead as they won quick ball from rucks.

Half-backs Jack Pope and Lewis Leaker fed centre Sam Hodge, with the tries being run in by Jordan Mitchell, Callum Corcoran and Charlie Geary. The home side were dominant in the scrum with great technique demonstrated by Tom Instance, Drum McMillan, Curtis Southey, Harry Purnell, Max Battison and Alex Reynolds.

Unfortunately, Gordano then relaxed their grip and St Brendans forced their way back into the match and it took a great try from Shay Ford to ensure the draw.

The large crowd was treated to an enthralling match with great contributions from Connor Fairclough, Eddie Tovey, Ben Beacham, Josh Ong, Aidan Smith, George Lacey and man-of-the-match Zach Wall.


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