Narrow victory for Clevedon Colts

PUBLISHED: 14:35 02 March 2011

Clevedon RFC Under-16s

Clevedon RFC Under-16s


CLEVEDON Colts travelled to Minehead for this double header league game and came away with a narrow victory.

CLEVEDON Colts travelled to Minehead for this double header league game and came away with a narrow victory.

With the bare 15 players, this was going to be tough afternoon with Minehead looking to put pressure on early in the game. The pack, marshalled by Harry Knowles were outstanding, dominating all aspects of the game.

Clevedon lost the services of the Sam Teale with a knee injury early in the game and had to continue with 14 players, but undeterred they piled the pressure on the home side, which resulted in Luke Blizzard slotting over a first half penalty.

Minehead turned the tables in second half making use of their extra man, but the Clevedon defence was outstanding shutting out any advances Minehead made.

After more pressure from Clevedon, a mistake from Minehead led to Clevedon’s Chris Dereck scoring his first try of the season.

Clevedon played out the rest of the game in the Minehead half, but could not score again and won the match 8-0.

This match was always going to be an entertaining game, with good quality rugby from two of the finest Under-16 teams in Somerset.

Clevedon were first to put their names on the scoreboard with some good handling from backs and forwards releasing Freddie Knight to score in the corner. Keynsham came back with two well-taken tries and a penalty to give them a half-time lead of 5-15.

The second half saw Clevedon fight back with a lot of determination. This showed when good forward progress was made by the team releasing Nick Carpenter to touch down under the posts.

From the restart, Clevedon took the ball in hand, this time with Harry Sheppard using his strength to break the Keynsham defence for a superb try. Then Carpenter chipped the ball towards the wing where Freddie Knight collected and touched down.

Keynsham were determined to the end and never gave up and scored a try in the final play of the game as Clevedon won 27-25.

Man of the match was James Butler.

The Under-11s played a round robin against Yatton and Cotham Park, winning both games convincingly.

The first game against Yatton was won 28-5 with Ben Hussey scoring three tries and Patrick Haskins one. There were two conversions each by Connor Hughes and Ollie Wilson.

Clevedon then played Cotham Park and dominated from the start to finish with a 40-0 win. Tries came from Ben Hussey (2), Alex Cockerill (2), Connor Hughes and Charlie Tucker. Ollie Wilson kicked three conversions and Hughes two.

Man of the match went to Ben Hussey with Alex Cockerill close behind for his superb play.

Clevedon Under-15s took to the field with three Under-14s in the team to bolster their depleted numbers. Cam Maslin was at wing forward, Kieron Hill at fly-half and Ben Williams on the wing.

All three played extremely well, showing a promising depth in the club, which bodes well for the future.

The Clevedon team made a slow start, but managed to deny Nailsea and Backwell any incursion into the Clevedon goal area. The front row was rock solid and again the second row provided a wealth of power to out-muscle Nailsea.

Ali Balcombe played well again at scrum-half with a set of backs who ran the ball well. The pace of the backs undid the Nailsea defence allowing five converted tries to be run in without answer.

Man of the match was prop Jack Haines

Clevedon Under-12s produced two strong performances led by their dominant pack of forwards to secure two comfortable wins.

Clevedon tries against Yatton came from Ed Mathias (2) and Tom Upton (2), Rami James, Jake Perry, Joe Hufford, Sam Cooper, Harry McMullin and Josh Selway. Against Cotham Park, Harry McMullin produced a hat-trick with Rami James and Jack Houston scoring two each. Kieran Green added another.

GORDANO Under-15s had a tough encounter with a physical St Brendan’s team and came out on top winning by four tries to one.

Their team spirit and enthusiasm was evident throughout and the whole squad of 19 contributed to an excellent win with tries from Ollie and Sam Clarke, Owen Seagar and Steve Gadd.

The team have until recently had to play in whatever kit was available until local Bristol company the Kenny Group stepped in and sponsored the team for a new kit.

The coaching staff and players would like to thank the company for their kind sponsorship and look forward to many more wins.

Coach Kevin Instance said: “Gordano’s junior section is thriving with 250 kids regularly 
turning up on a Sunday morning for training, we try to keep membership as low as possible and this is used to fund new equipment and pay for coaching courses, so the generosity of local businesses is always much appreciated.”

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