Seasiders succumb to St Ives

PUBLISHED: 14:28 01 December 2010

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THIS was an eventful day on and off the field for Clevedon.

St Ives 48 pts Clevedon 11 pts

THIS was an eventful day on and off the field for Clevedon.

The faithful supporters stood in the 
freezing cold wind and watched Clevedon play well for the first half.

St Ives’ big strong pack dominated the early stages and took the lead with a try after a good forward drive. Clevedon hit back with a penalty by Steve Johnson, but St Ives increased their lead with a catch and drive at the line-out with a try wide out.

Clevedon replied with a second Johnson penalty. By now Clevedon had settled into their rhythm and from a scrum, No 8 Harvey Russell flashed over the blindside for a try for Clevedon to take the lead.

Right on half-time, Clevedon knocked the ball forward on their own line and following the scrum, St Ives scored a converted try to lead 17-11 at the break.

The second half showed St Ives on the rampage and they increased their lead with three converted tries in rapid succession. It did not help Clevedon’s cause having lost their captain to hospital and influential flanker Wayne Wheeler to the physio’s bench.

St Ives kicked a penalty and finished off with a converted try. Clevedon battled to the end, but they have to sort out the line-out which again was a weakness and not miss tackles.

All was not over despite the final whistle. The coach windscreen wipers failed to work, so Clevedon had to have a few drinks waiting for a replacement coach, but did arrive home safely at 10.45pm.

On Saturday, Clevedon are home to Old Reds (2.30pm).

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