Superior fitness pays dividends for Nailsea

PUBLISHED: 14:45 17 November 2010

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KEYNSHAM IIs were the visitors to the West End this week and with their formidable pack, their game plan was to bully Nailsea into submission.

Nailsea & Backwell 21pts

Keynsham IIs 5pts

KEYNSHAM IIs were the visitors to the West End this week and with their formidable pack, their game plan was to bully Nailsea into submission.

Unfortunately, Nailsea had other ideas and after some early forward exchanges the ball was worked to Matt Watkins who skimmed around his opposite number to score.

That turned out to be the only score of the half as the Keynsham forwards battered the Nailsea defence.

The Nailsea back row of captain Jack Quick, Greg Appleby and James Staley seemed to be everywhere, mowing down attackers at every opportunity.

After the break, it was more of the same. However, Rob Baker added a penalty after a well-executed turnover. Twenty minutes in, rookie winger Lee Stacey, in only his second first team game, suffered a broken leg which held up the game, his team-mates and all the supporters wish him a speedy recovery.

The match was moved to another pitch for the remaining 20 minutes and Baker added a penalty. The incessant Keynsham attack managed to squeeze over in the corner for a try, the conversion proving too far out.

With the visiting forwards now beginning to fade and the Nailsea pack’s superior fitness gaining full dominance in the scrum, Nailsea launched an attack which resulted in Keynsham conceding another penalty, converted by Baker.

This took the points difference to two scores and once again from the restart, replacement Ali O’Connor instigated another attack to which Keynsham had no answer.

The ball was moved through the supporting Appleby, Darren Chidzey and Alex Blackwell, who put Jamie Sullivan though the gap to score. Baker added the conversion which saw Nailsea run out 21-5 winners.

On Saturday, Nailsea are away to Bridgwater & Albion IIs.


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