Youngsters impress in cup victory

PUBLISHED: 14:40 14 November 2012

Clevedon Rugby Club action.

Clevedon Rugby Club action.

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A young Clevedon side defeated Frome in the Somerset Cup.

FROME 20 pts

CLEVEDON 34 pts

CLEVEDON fielded a young experimental side in this Somerset Cup match and they rewarded their coach with a positive performance.

Clevedon took an early lead with a try by Dean Ashfield, which was converted by Mike Taylor. Frome, not to be outdone, hit back with two tries, one being converted. This woke Clevedon up and a good forward surge saw prop Dave Vivian go over for a try.

Frome edged into the lead with a penalty. Clevedon had a player yellow carded and during this period, Frome crashed over from a lineout to lead 20-12 at the break.

The second half saw Clevedon turn on the gas and played some delightful rugby. Ben Littleton scored a try from a five metre scrum, Taylor converted.

A blindside break saw Dean Ashfield go over and both sides continued to throw the ball about, with Clevedon getting the final score, a pushover try by Ben Littleton, which Taylor converted.

CLEVEDON 12 pts

CHARD 20 pts

THIS was Clevedon’s worst performance of the season, with the forwards being outplayed.

Clevedon took an early lead with a great try by Mike Winter, but missed a kickable conversion. Chard always looked dangerous and got on the scoreboard with a penalty.

The game was end-to-end, but when Clevedon got good ball they kept coming back inside, playing to Chard’s strength.

Clevedon’s forwards could not cope with the rolling maul or the catch and drive at the line-out and they even struggled in the scrums, which is normally one of their strengths.

Clevedon scored against the run of play with a try by Dean Ashfield, which Mike Taylor converted. Clevedon had a player yellow carded and from the resulting scrum, conceded a pushover try as Clevedon led 12-10 at the break.

The second half was one-way traffic. Clevedon hardly got out of their own half and when they did, they slowed the game down and played into Chard’s hands.

Chard took the lead after constant pressure with a try in the corner and in the dying seconds, Chard scored a second pushover try to secure a deserved victory.

On Saturday, Clevedon are home to North Dorset (2.30pm). There is a vice-president’s lunch 1.30pm.


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