Narrow defeat for Clevedon against the champions
PUBLISHED: 14:55 20 April 2011
League champions Chippenham went away with a narrow victory in an entertaining game of rugby at Clevedon.
THIS was an enjoyable end of season game with Chippenham already promoted as champions and Clevedon safe from relegation.
Chippenham started brightly, but it was Clevedon who took the lead with a Steve Johnson penalty, but the visitors soon equalised with the same. Johnson then put Clevedon in front again with his second penalty, but Chippenham hit back and took the lead when a loose ball was run back at Clevedon and poor tackling let in the visitors for a try which was converted.
Johnson then kicked his third penalty to narrow the deficit. Chippenham, who had the edge on pace wide out, scored a try from a slick handling movement.
Clevedon then scored a superb try by prop Dave Vivian after good work by Owen Biggins and James Shopland. Johnson converted. On the negative side, Clevedon’s line-out was not functioning very well.
Another slick handling movement saw Chippenham regain the lead with a try, but Clevedon were not undone and a try by scrum-half Johnson after a blindside break put Clevedon back into the lead, as they led 21-20 at the interval.
From the restart, Clevedon had the chance to go further ahead but kicked the ball away on the line. Chippenham went into the lead with a penalty and this was quickly followed by a converted try and it looked as if Chippenham would run away with the game, but Clevedon had other ideas.
With the line-out now working well, a long throw allowed Shopland to go over for a try which Johnson duly converted. Back came Chippenham who scored a try under the posts, which was converted.
Clevedon were not done and from a scrum, a fine break by fly-half and captain Tom Thie saw him score a try which Johnson added the points.
In the dying moments of the game, Clevedon were awarded a kickable penalty, but opted to kick for the corner. The following line-out came to nothing and the final whistle went to end a great game of rugby.
Clevedon end the season next week away to Chosen Hill on Easter Saturday (3pm).Coach leaves club at 12noon sharp.
n Pictured: Clevedon three-quarter Dean Ashfield takes on the Chippenham defence. Photo: Jusben morguefile.com