Seasiders lose out in exciting encounter

PUBLISHED: 14:29 16 March 2011

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THIS was an extremely close battle where the lead changed hands on numerous occasions.

THIS was an extremely close battle where the lead changed hands on numerous occasions.

Clevedon had all the early play, but could not turn their dominance into points. They lacked a general in midfield to dictate things and a flyer on the wings to put the ball away.

Sidmouth took the lead against the run of play with a penalty. Clevedon equalised with a penalty by Mike Taylor. A swift handling movement ended with James O’Connor scoring a try, which Taylor converted.

A poor kick out of hand by Clevedon saw Sidmouth counter attack and score a try and just before half-time Sidmouth kicked two penalties to lead 14-10.The Clevedon forwards were outstanding, with Harvey Russell and Owen Biggins well to the fore.

The second half started with Taylor reducing the deficit with a penalty, but Sidmouth replied in kind. The Clevedon forwards were producing good ball from the set pieces and on one occasion, a good backs move saw Simon Johns go over for a try, Taylor converting.

Clevedon now led 20-17, but a dropped ball by Clevedon resulted with a fly kick downfield with Sidmouth winning the race for the touchdown. Sidmouth now led 22-20, but back came the Clevedon forwards and a catch and drive at a line-out resulted with a try for Dave Vivian for a 25-22 lead

The visitors should have won the game, but kicked too much ball away. The final nail in the Clevedon coffin came when a lost ball was turned over and the Sidmouth winger ghosted past the covering defence for the winning try.

The Clevedon front row were exceptional and won good ball, well backed up by Alex Giltrow, Ryan Smith and Dave Rawle.

On Saturday, the Seasiders are home to Walcot (2.30pm), with a vice-president’s pre-match buffet at 1.30pm.


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