Tough encounter 
for Clevedon

PUBLISHED: 14:26 23 November 2011

Rugby Ball

Rugby Ball


Clevedon Under-13s defeat Burnham in a physical encounter.

CLEVEDON Under-13s came out on top in a hard-fought and physical encounter against Burnham.

Two of Clevedon’s tries came from Jack Houston, who ran well throughout and continued his great run of form. Brent Manners was always in the action in a dynamic display and added another two. Harry McMullin and Ed Mathias completed the try scoring and were prominent throughout in a good all-round team performance.

Ben Thole added a conversion and a penalty to complete the scoring. Jake Perry and Hayden Lowis also produced solid performances in the 35-7 victory.

This Somerset cup match saw Clevedon Under-15s score three tries within the first 10 minutes, the first by Ben Williams followed by two from Dan Jones. Kieran Hill converted two from three.

Midsomer Norton could not stop Clevedon’s Guy Prideaux and Adam Grinyer from running in two more before half-time, one converted by Hill. The second half saw Prideaux score two in quick succession with Williams adding his second. Hill kicked all three bringing their tally to 52.

Three tries from scrum-half Joe Tucker, two from Dan Gibbs, Luke Blizzard, Mike Winters and one each for Ali Balcombe, George Harris , Matthew Brothers and Jonathan Hicks completed the try fest for the young Clevedon colts side who proved far too strong for North Petherton.

With several players unable to play, four members of the Under-16s played their first colts match of the season. Jack Haines, Ali Balcombe, Ben Turner and Chris Warren all played extremely well.

A man of the match performance from Luke Blizzard who also kicked seven conversions was a main feature of the match with strong running and aggressive tackling.

Clevedon also welcomed back Winters, who has been on county duty. Captain Toby Ford led by example, assisted by his back row partner George Thorne.

n NAILSEA& Backwell Under-14s travelled to 
Winscombe with a squad reduced through injury and illness to take part in their long awaited quarter-final match.

Winscombe took advantage of N&Bs early mistake, allowing their back line to run the length of the pitch before being checked, seven metres out by an outstanding tackle from Hayden Young.

Nailsea were able to regroup and Jack O’Malley opened up the Winscombe defence to score the first try, with Matt Noke converting.

Nailsea & Backwell’s pack were beginning to dominate the rucks and scrums and with only 15 minutes played, Winscombe had apparently used up their front row replacements, resulting in the referee calling for 
uncontested scrums.

Nailsea were rewarded with another team effort ending with a try by Ryan Barrow.

After the break, Winscombe broke through for a second time, but were again denied five metres out by superb covering from Young and George Stirling. Further Nailsea pressure was rewarded with a crashing run from Harvey Pike for the third try of the game and a Nailsea victory by 17-0.

N&B look forward to a semi-final clash away to Cleve on December 4.

n YATTON, Clevedon and Frampton Under-8s turned out five teams between them for a fabulous morning of rugby

The Yatton teams faced Clevedon and Frampton for the opening matches and it was all end-to-end stuff. Clevedon took an early lead that they never lost, but some great tries by Yatton in response saw them run close, as Clevedon won 9-6.

It was a similar tale in the Frampton game, again Yatton leaving themselves just too much to do and that game finished Frampton 6, Yatton 4.

Yatton’s final game against the other Clevedon side was a tale of two halves. Both teams created some excellent scores and at half-time it was honours even at 5-5.

The second half saw Clevedon pull away towards the end and although Yatton fought back well, Clevedon hung on to win 10-7.

Yatton try scorers against Clevedon were: Cameron Baines (2), Caleb Clarke (2), Luke Gilbert and George Lusted. Second Clevedon game: Cameron Baines (2), Luke Gilbert (2), Matthew Bailey, Adam Foley and Callum Watts. Against Frampton: Aaron Ralfs (2), Adam Foley and Dominic Oliver.

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