Nailsea pay the penalty
PUBLISHED: 14:41 16 November 2011
Late try denies Nailsea & Backwell a share of the points.
IMPERIAL 13 pts
NAILSEA & BACKWELL 6pts
NAILSEA had to make late changes to its line-up in their away match at Imperial.
Ben Hawkins came in at scrum-half and called on the experience of front rowers Ross Parsons and Dave Kirk added to Evan Hughes and Steve Gillard and although the first-half scrumaging was excellent, it was not enough to stop Nailsea going down 13-6 away to Imperial.
Nailsea were reasonably confident they could gain their first victory on the road and started well with a penalty from centre Rob Baker to lead 3-0 after 10 minutes. Another Baker penalty followed to increase their lead to 6-0.
Strangely it was Nailsea that were giving away the majority of penalties, with five in the first five minutes. Imperial kicked two penalties to bring the score level in an even first half.
The second half saw much of the same with Nailsea going close on a couple of occasions, but handling letting them down. The game looked set to finish stalemate, but Nailsea gave away a series of penalties for Imps to crash over for a late converted try to bring the score to 13-6 with only four minutes remaining.
Nailsea deserved to come away with more than just a losing bonus point, but with the luck they are having of late they have to be grateful for small mercies.
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