Clevedon return to winning ways with comprehensive victory

PUBLISHED: 10:46 05 December 2018

William Trollope.

William Trollope.

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A comprehensive victory over Chosen Hill saw Clevedon return to winning ways in the league.

Clevedon 44 pts

Chosen Hill 14 pts

Clevedon finally got back to winning ways with a comprehensive victory over Chosen Hill.

The visitors scored a converted try and had the Seasiders’ defence under serious pressure. After a period of determined defence, Clevedon finally got their hands on the ball and made inroads into the Chosen half and were rewarded with a penalty duly converted by Jorge Mein.

From the restart, Clevedon attacked up the middle and after a couple of phases the ball was moved wide for Hector Hicks to score, converted by Mein.

The Seasiders’ set piece was much improved from last week and their dominance at scrum time was rewarded with a pushover try from Charles Tucker, converted by Mein.

Clevedon were now playing with confidence and with a penalty advantage, Tom Thie put a superb crossfield kick for Matt Fisher to gather and score, converted by Mein.

Just on the stroke of half time, a sneaky line-out saw Rob Holbrook power through would-be tacklers to score for Clevedon to lead 27-7 at the break.

After the break Clevedon increased their lead with a well-struck penalty from Mein. The next 10 minutes saw both sides sharing possession and testing each others defence, but it was Clevedon who scored again when a well-placed crossfield kick from Thie was picked up by Tucker to score his second try, converted by Mein.

The last 20 minutes saw Clevedon ring the changes and a good forward surge saw replacement Lewis Obrien score a try converted by Mein.

With the light fading Chosen Hill were rewarded for their efforts with a well-worked converted try.

Head coach Nick Hill said: “It was great to get back to winning ways and seeing the lads playing with confidence. I don’t normally pick players out for praise but elder statesman Tom Thie was excellent on and off the pitch this week.”

On Saturday, Clevedon travel to Wells.

Nailsea & Backwell 2nd XV 12 pts

Clevedon 2nd XV 17 pts

This top of the league clash was all it lived up to be... with neither side giving an inch.

Clevedon had the edge in the scrums and the line-out with new boy Ben Allcock playing well in his first game for the Saxons. This gave his team the opportunity to launch several attacks through James Hervey and Pat Haskins, who both excelled in the centre.

It was N&B who scored first against the run of play with a run through midfield which saw the hosts score under the posts giving them a half-time lead.

A few choice words from team manager Nick Wilson and coach for the day Neil Tucker seemed to kick Clevedon back into action for the second half with more dynamic play and a hunger to win.

After some good work by the forwards, Tom Bullimore released Mitchell Jordan to score in the corner which was converted by Elliot Poulter.

Clevedon were now in the ascendancy and penetrated the N&B side at every opportunity with some probing runs from captain John Pearce and Sam Shipway.

After more fine work by the Clevedon forwards, the back line were let off the leash again and Pat Haskins scored in the corner which was again converted by Poulter.

With the time slipping away, Clevedon held on to their slim lead with a fine defensive performance and attacking at every opportunity which paid dividends when N&B committed an offence and gave Poulter the chance to kick a penalty to seal the deal.

Thanks to N& B for their hospitality post game and the ladies in the kitchen for a fine meal.

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