Valuable victory for the Seasiders

PUBLISHED: 14:51 09 February 2011

Clevedon RFC

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CLEVEDON went into this game desperate for points and without the services of Vailes, Shopland and O’Rourke.

CLEVEDON went into this game desperate for points and without the services of Vailes, Shopland and O’Rourke.

The players did themselves justice and helped Clevedon to an emphatic victory. The hosts started on the offensive and took an early lead through the boot of Mike Taylor, with a penalty. Cullompton soon hit back with a penalty of their own and against the run of play, the visitors kicked a second penalty to take the lead.

Clevedon’s forwards were in rampant mood and from some good foraging, Tony Dauncey scored a try, which Taylor converted, soon followed by a successful penalty kick, Clevedon’s forwards again applied pressure for 2nd XV captain Dave Rawle to score a try, again converted by Taylor.

Before half time, a clever move saw Dean Ashfield go over for a try which Taylor added the conversion to give the Seasiders confidence for the second period.

The second half saw Clevedon fighting hard for the bonus point try. Both defences were on top, with Cullompton coming more into the game. Clevedon had opportunities to get the vital try, but wrong options decided their fate.

The only score of the half was a Taylor penalty. Cullompton hammered the Clevedon line in the last quarter, but the home defence held firm. Hooker Gary Carpenter had an outstanding game, as did the rest of the pack. Joe Williams at scrum-half and the two young wingers, Dave Burns and James O’Connor fitted in well.

On Saturday there is no game for the 1st XV, but the table-topping 2nd XV and the Colts are at the Vale.

n Pictured right: No way through as the 
Cullompton player gets a mass tackle 
from the Clevedon defence.

Photo: Jusben & morguefile.com


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