Seasiders move up to third place
PUBLISHED: 14:35 23 November 2011
Clevedon move into third place in the league after this narrow victory over Thornbury.
THIS was a hard fought local derby with Clevedon coming out narrow winners and moving into third place in the table.
Clevedon started well and took the game to Thornbury, who defended well. Clevedon created numerous chances but the final pass went astray and although they had the territorial advantage they could not cash in on their dominance.
It took good work by Matthew Carpenter to set up the first try, which was well taken by Owen Biggins, Thornbury hardly ventured into the Clevedon 22 and on their first visit, an unlucky bounce for Clevedon led to a try for Thornbury, which they converted to lead 7-5 at the break.
The second half saw Clevedon under pressure in the scrums and the dominant Thornbury pack started to turn the screw. Despite this, Clevedon regained the lead with a spectacular try by Mike Taylor who converted to take the lead after good work by the forwards at the line-out.
Clevedon still took the game to the visitors, but Thornbury’s well organised defence kept them at bay. Clevedon had many chances to kick for goal but opted to kick for the corner. The decision to kick a long range penalty paid off when Taylor kicked to put Clevedon two scores clear.
This was not the end because Thornbury had a final 10 minute onslaught in the Clevedon 22 and it was only heroic defence that kept them out. Clevedon succumbed to the pressure by conceding a penalty try, which was converted with a minute to go
Head coach Nick Hill said “It was a case of win ugly for us today, we had enough ball and chances, particularly in the first half, to have finished Thornbury off, but credit to them they battled hard all afternoon.”
Joe Williams, Steve Hunt, Owen Biggins, Si Johns and Matt Carpenter were all outstanding and Dave Rawle was man of the match.
There is no game next week. It is cup week, with Clevedon already through in the Somerset Cup with a bye.
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