Nailsea victorious in top of the table clash

PUBLISHED: 14:49 16 February 2011 | UPDATED: 14:49 16 February 2011

Tony Hill opens the scoring for Nailsea

Tony Hill opens the scoring for Nailsea


THIS top of the table clash provided all the entertainment the fixture promised.

Nailsea & Backwell 24pts

Wiveliscombe 10pts

THIS top of the table clash provided all the 
entertainment the fixture promised.

Early exchanges were in and around the middle of the park, but slowly and surely Nailsea gained the momentum to the extent that it took Wivvy 36 minutes to get into the Nailsea 22.

Nailsea outside-half Tony Hill opened the scoring when from good ruck ball, Dickie Palmer provided the scoring pass for Hill to score and convert under the posts.

This was followed five minutes later by a second Nailsea try when a Wivvy attack broke down as a result of stout Nailsea defending by Alex Blackwell, wing Ali O’Connor gathered the loose ball and sprinted in to the posts, Hill converting.

Early in the second half, Wivvy responded when from a breakdown in midfield, hacked through and their centre showed good pace to dribble the ball to the line to score a converted try, followed shortly by a penalty, which took the score at 14-10, somewhat uncomfortably close for the home supporters.

There was however, no need to panic, as from a line-out to Nailsea 10 metres out from the Wivvy line, the ball was duly won by Darren Chidzey and a ruck set up. Scrum-half Jamie Sullivan then broke free to cross wide out.

The difficult conversion was added by Rob Baker to move the point’s difference to two scores. Tony Hill then converted one of the few penalties awarded 
Nailsea’s way to close out the game in Nailsea’s favour.

The win was hard fought and was in no small way indebted to the tenacious Nailsea defence, typified by man of the match Tom Crossman, who was 
instrumental in stopping several of the Wivvy attacks.

On Saturday, Nailsea are away to Midsomer Norton.

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