Second-half blitz fires Clevedon to bonus-point victory

PUBLISHED: 15:23 25 March 2015 | UPDATED: 15:23 25 March 2015

Oscar James.

Oscar James.

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Clevedon need just one more victory to guarantee safety in the South West One West Division for next season.

THREE second-half tries fired Clevedon to a hard-fought bonus-point victory over Wells at Coleridge Vale.

Jack Williams, Josh Mortimore and Tom Thie touched down for the hosts in a whirlwind second period, after prop Brian Largenton had powered his way over the whitewash midway through the first-half.

Mike Taylor added two conversions and a penalty for Clevedon, who leapfrog Wells into ninth place in South West One West.

After a scrappy opening quarter, Taylor slotted home a 30-metre penalty to give Clevedon a slender lead, but it was Wells who crossed for the afternoon’s opening try on 23 minutes, courtesy of a well-worked driving maul.

It didn’t take Clevedon long to respond and they soon restored their lead through Brian Largenton, who crashed over from close range following a strong run from Jack Williams. Taylor added the extras for a 10-5 half-time score.

The second-half began with Wells in the ascendency and having soaked up a barrage of early pressure, Clevedon stormed into action with two tries in five minutes.

First, wing Tom Thie provided a classy finishing touch to a sweeping backs move, which saw Carpenter free up Taylor, whose clinical pass put Thie away.

Minutes later, Jack Williams was on hand to finish another neat handling move, latching on to Owen Biggins’ overhead pass to dot down for Clevedon’s third with Taylor adding the extras from out wide.

Back came Wells with fine individual effort after Clevedon had switched off from a quickly taken penalty. But Josh Mortimore’s try put the game to bed for Clevedon and sealed a fourth try bonus-point of the season for the Seasiders.

It was the visitors who had the final say, with their third try of the afternoon, but it wasn’t enough to prevent Clevedon from clinching a 10th league win of the season, one more will mathematically secure their place in the division for another season.

Clevedon host Cullompton on Saturday, 2.30pm kick-off.

THE thirds entertained top of the table Old Bristolians and came away with an excellent 19-17 victory.

Clevedon scored first after excellent interplay which saw Nick Adams touch down.

The opposition hit back to take a 17-5 lead. Clevedon hit back when the vastly experienced James Barzotelli created a gap for Joe Tucker to score between the posts.

The game ebbed and flowed and went to the last 10 minutes, with brave uncompromising play by all the forwards, especially the Dunn Brothers.

Ryan Brown, playing his first senior game for three years began to pick and drive from Clevedon’s rucks. This created a platform for Ade Freeman to ship the ball to Barzotelli, who offloaded to Simon Dunn, who passed to Tucker to pirouette his way between the posts for a converted try taking it to 19-17 in favour of Clevedon.


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