Seasiders reach the Somerset Cup final
PUBLISHED: 14:59 06 April 2011
THIS Somerset Cup semi-final was a hard fought affair with the students intent on running the ball and the club side intent on wearing them down with physical contact.
Bath took an early lead with a converted try, after Clevedon made a nervous start. Clevedon regrouped and settled down and got on the scoreboard with a Mike Taylor penalty to make the score 7-3 at half-time.
The second half saw Clevedon take the game to Bath and they took the lead with a try by Alex Giltrow, which Steve Johnson converted. Bath threw everything at Clevedon but their defence held firm.
A slick move in midfield resulted in Dean Ashfield scoring a try under the posts for Johnson to convert. The Clevedon pack was outstanding and Ashley Vailes at scrum-half was destructive and caused numerous problems.
This was a deserved victory which see them face neighbours Weston at Bridgwater tonight (Wed) at 7.30pm.
CLEVEDON 10 pts
OLD REDS 24 pts
TIRED legs and resting of players in readiness for the Somerset Cup final did not help Clevedon’s cause against a strong side going for promotion.
Old Reds started brightly and took the lead with a try after a swift handling movement. Clevedon’s first visit into the Reds 22 saw them kick away possession instead of keeping ball in hand.
A mistake in midfield allowed Reds to counter and score a second try. Again Clevedon’s kicking out of hand was poor. From a line-out, quick ball spread wide saw a third try. Ten minutes before the break Clevedon came more into the game through their forwards, who started to dominate, but then lost Steve Johnson to injury.
The second half started the same as the first with Reds in the driving seat and they scored their fourth try which was converted. To add to their woes, Clevedon lost scrum-half Joe Williams to injury.
This seemed to stir Clevedon and with their forwards now starting to dominate, they produced good ball for Dean Ashfield to score a try. The easy conversion was missed. Ashfield then left the field due to injury. Clevedon never gave up and kept Old Reds under pressure and were rewarded with a try by Owen Biggins.
On Saturday, Clevedon travel to Old Reds. Kick-off 3pm.