Nailsea lose winning streak

PUBLISHED: 14:28 21 November 2012

Clevedon Under-16s line-out.

Clevedon Under-16s line-out.

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Nailsea & Backwell Under-13s lost their winning streak at Cotham Park.

NAILSEA and Backwell Under-13s visit to Cotham Park was always going to be a tough fixture to maintain their winning streak.

Sadly, the Failand-based side were a strong unit that gave little away on their way to a 15-0 victory.

Cotham scored an early try to give them a 5-0 lead and Nailsea and Backwell saw out the rest of the half without conceding again.

In the second half, the squad dug deep and put the home side under pressure, but once again the Cotham boys held out and broke out to score again.

Not only did the Ravens fail to touch down, Cotham again broke through and ran in their third of the day in the corner for a final score of 15-0.

Coach Chris Down commended the hard work of the front five – props Ben Brown, Josh Callicott, Owain Down, Michael Semple and Sam Williams. Flanker Frazer Pitchers picked up a well-earned man of the match award.

The Under-14s travelled to Keynsham for the Bristol Combination Cup semi-final and came away with a hard-fought 36-29 victory.

Keynsham ran in two early unconverted tries before Nailsea replied through Dom Gordon. Soon after, Alex Jones took a quick tap penalty to run in unopposed and then convert for a 12-10 lead.

Nailsea scored again when Sam Taylor collected a loose ball to crash over. From the kick-off, Tom Honour won clean ball for Jones to clear the lines. Harvey Flower gathered the ball on halfway to race in for the fourth try, converted by Jones to lead 24-10 at the break.

In the second half, Jones crossed for his second try, converted by Adam Grafton. Soon after, Jones set Flower free for his second score. Keynsham replied with three tries to set up an exciting finale.

With time running out, Keynsham again ran at the Nailsea defence, but Tommy Caie tracked back to tackle the strong running Keynsham centre in what was a superb match-saving tackle and Nailsea held out for victory.

The Under-14s hosted Cleve in the semi-final of the Bristol Combination Cup and won a close match by 21-14.

The home side opened the scoring when Harvey Pike touched down, converted by Josh Collins. This was closely followed by a superb run from Hayden Young to stretch the lead further. Collins again converted.

The second half saw Young once again display his ability to open defences and Collins stepped up to secure maximum points. Cleve opened their account with a converted try.

With their tails up, Cleve continued to pressure the Nailsea defence and were eventually rewarded with a second converted try. Collins had the opportunity to stretch Nailsea’s lead, but the penalty kick strayed wide.

CLEVEDON Under-16s travelled to Yatton for a Bristol Combination Junior Plate match.

Clevedon’s Ben Williams opened the scoring with the first touch down. Yatton were reduced to 14 when one of their players was sin binned, but still managed to level the scores.

It was then Clevedon’s turn for a sin binning and Yatton made the most of their advantage by adding a converted try to their tally just before half-time.

After the break, Yatton took the upper hand and added three tries and two conversions before Clevedon’s Oliver Hill added another five points to Clevedon’s score line leaving Yatton 31-10 winners of this local derby match.

YATTON Under-10s entertained Weston in two exciting free-flowing matches.

In the first match, Weston scored first before Yatton replied with two tries from Tommy Wellings. Yatton then started to control the match with big runs from Josh Geal, Charlie Bond, Will Francis and Max Viney.

Fine tackles from Elliot Delve and Callum McDowell held Weston at bay, but the visitors rallied with a super try against the run of play.

Great play from Will Shields, Harlow Searle and Jack Harwood put Yatton back in control, and intelligent off-loading from Dash Harris, Callan Field and Jake Devine sent Wellings in for the match-winning try.

In the second game, Yatton’s big forwards dominated from the start. Josh Geal, Charlie Bond and Joe Dimond were a handful, while fine skills from backs Callan Field, Harlow Searle and Dash Harris began to make holes in Weston’s defence.

Terrific running from Callum McDowell, Will Shields, Sam Tall and Jack Harwood kept up the pressure, resulting in tries from Geal, Bond and Field. Great play from Dimond, Devine and Sam Tall enabled Max Viney to power over the try line.

Weston replied with two tries, but Yatton were not to be denied. A barnstorming run from James Crew saw him score in the corner and Dash Harris dived over the line for a terrific try.

The Under-9s hosted Weston & Clevedon with the three teams providing a fourth team between them to enjoy a mini festival of rugby.

Yatton began against Weston and both teams were evenly matched throughout the game, exchanging tries to the very end.

Yatton opened the scoring, but it was Weston’s tackling that made the difference, and scored two tries. Yatton came back at the visitors, but at the final whistle it was Weston’s aggression in the tackle that made the difference and the game ended 5-4 to Weston.

A change around of players for the game against Clevedon witnessed Yatton beaten by a more organised and physical team. Clevedon outplayed their hosts in almost every department and although Yatton did manage a score, they lost 10-1.

The final match, another change around, and Yatton found their form again against the mixed team from all three clubs. There was more purpose to both defence and attack and although the final try was not theirs, Yatton proved to be too strong winning 5-2.

Try scorers: Ben Clarke (6), Matthew Bailey, Ronnie Bains, Caleb Clarke and Connor Kane.


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