Seasiders hang on for victory

PUBLISHED: 12:39 05 September 2012

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Clevedon held out for a 33-31 victory at Sidmouth, despite being 33-17 in the lead at one stage.

SIDMOUTH 31 pts

CLEVEDON 33 pts

CLEVEDON opened the new campaign with a bonus point win away at Sidmouth. The scoreline flattered the home side as the game was never as close as the scoreline suggests.

Sidmouth opened the scoring early in the first half with an unconverted try, but Clevedon struck back immediately with a fine try from Hayden Johnson resulting from a line-out drive and Mike Taylor converted. Within five minutes the home side were ahead again after some sloppy defence allowed a converted try under the posts.

Clevedon upped their game, keeping the ball for phases and stretching the Sidmouth defence, which resulted in a fine try for ex-colt Jack Williams, converted by Taylor.

Two more tries quickly followed from captain Tom Thie and No 8 Ben Littleton, Taylor converting both. But once again sloppy defence allowed Sidmouth in for another try on the break to take the score to 17-28.

Clevedon started the second half playing up the slope in determined fashion and after a Sidmouth sin binning Thie scored another fine try.

Although Clevedon enjoyed the lion’s share of possession the final pass, or careless kicking let them down, which led to frustration and at times a loss of shape.

The home side however, never gave up and although they came back with two late tries, it was too little too late, as Clevedon secured the win.

Head coach Nick Hill said “It’s always good to win the first game of the season, especially away from home. At times we played some good rugby, but we allowed them back into the game with some sloppy defence and lapses of concentration.

“What is pleasing is that we won without getting out of second gear and we will only get better. Jack Williams, Hayden Johnson, Harry Knowles and veteran Mike Lowis were all outstanding.”

On Saturday, Clevedon host Paignton (3pm). Vice-president’s lunch at 1.30pm.

CLEVEDON 2nd XV took on Yatton in a pre-season friendly to shake off the summer cobwebs and prepare for the new season.

Clevedon looked sharp in the backs with three of this seasons colts mixed with the experience of Dan Hand and Paul Amor and the forwards looked in control with Kevin Soper and Matt Honor looking in fine form.

Clevedon’s man of the match Tim Statton made constant breaks into the Yatton half, but the team found it hard up the slope and into the wind and rain.

Yatton scored two tries in the first half, but Clevedon were confident they could get back into the game in the second half with the elements in their favour.

After the break, Clevedon took control with their big pack and electric backs and it wasn’t long before they scored when Matt Honor latched onto a pass from Joe Tucker. More pressure resulted in a try for French signing Brian Escargot, who wrestled his way over for a try.

Yatton hit back with a try of their own, but a mistake in the Yatton back line saw Jake Redman intercept and race for the line for the score. More free running from Clevedon saw Escargot cross the line for his second try of the game. A tired Clevedon let Yatton back into the game for the final try for the game to end honours even.


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