Resounding victory for Clevedon youngsters

PUBLISHED: 14:26 22 February 2017 | UPDATED: 14:26 22 February 2017

Clevedon Under-16s.

Clevedon Under-16s.

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Clevedon Under-16s registered a resounding victory against a depleted Thornbury side.

Some excellent performances from the Clevedon Under-16 squad led to a resounding home win against a depleted Thornbury side.

The forwards laid the foundations for the victory with a series of impressive drives that enabled the backs to run riot.

Adam Livingston opened the scoring by dotting down the loose ball after a prolonged period of pressure close to the Thornbury line. Some excellent interplay released Lewis Smith for the second, Harrison Lyon powered over for the third and a well-worked fourth try, finished by Harry Williams, meant that Clevedon entered the interval with a healthy 26-5 lead.

Two early second half tries from Lyon completed his hat trick and sealed the result, before Dane Richardson crossed for a great individual effort. A 50-metre burst from Mackenzie Poulter led to a try under the posts and a successful conversion from Pat Childs.

Ethan Thomas crossed for the ninth try and Poulter for the final score, Thomas converting both to finish with eight successful kicks out of nine.

Special words of praise for the likes of the Bradbury boys, Jacob Hobbs, Max Manners, Sunny Barzotelli, Zak Wirdnam and Connor Smith, who may not have got on the score sheet, but grafted manfully up front.

Yatton Under-13s travelled to Hornets for their first outing on an artificial pitch and enjoyed both the surface and the challenge of taking on the biggest side they have faced this year.

The first score was by Hornets following some good pressure and a number of drives towards the Yatton line, but Yatton struck back soon afterwards with a try from almost the length of the pitch.

The next score was a great piece of opportunistic play as a free kick was quickly taken by. Yatton came back again though with strong running, great rucking and driving and some super hands to take Hornets back down the length of the pitch.

Hard driving at a series of rucks saw Yatton batter the line and eventually a hole was found to level the scores 10-10 at half-time

The second half saw more great competitive rugby from both sides, although Yatton’s scrummage continued to outperform their hosts, despite the difference in pack weights.

That said, it was Hornets who scored another try. In response, Yatton immediately went back at their hosts, repeatedly out-driving them at the ruck until the field opened up and a pick and go turned into a fantastic score with another long run in to level the scores again.

In the last 10 minutes, Hornets burst through a gap to add a fourth and final try. Yatton were committed to the end and could easily have let Hornets in again, but their resolve held firm and some terrific defence kept Hornets out so the final score was Hornets 20, Yatton 15

Try scorers: Joe Galey (2) and Ben Clarke.


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