"A most enjoyable day"
For those that watched this game, it was a complete turnaround from last week's performance as Clevedon ran out emphatic winners.
For those of us that did not watch, sitting at home with the grandkids, it was a nervy wait for the result. With last week's game still in the mind despite this away win, we've got another couple of week's to wait for the next home game to absolve ourselves of the guilt of not travelling away to Cheltenham.
Watching the England match with the littl'uns running about was no easy task either!
The next England match will be live in the clubhouse next week. Be sure to get their early for a seat and a lovely pint of Doom.
"Clevedon Bounce Back"
27th December 2002
Team: Jordan Mein, Ali Balcombe, Adam Coles, Ashley Vailes, Ryan Hervey, Tom Thie, Rhys Talbot, Brian Largenton, Matt Honour, Blaise Bosley, Ben Chase, Ollie Jones, Luke O'Brien, Toby Ford, Charlie Tucker. Replacements: Jack Fowler, Dave Burns, Jack Crew. Acting Coaches: Neil Tucker/John Vickers. Flag: Neil Tucker.
Next week, Clevedon have a wee cough to watch the England game in the clubhouse.
"Compelling running rugby"
For whatever reason, Chirp 6 did not get to press on time last week.
Ed. Please see below!
Not sure if our webmaster pulled it as it was too damning in the description of the performance against Barton Hill or it arrived too late to be published. I choose to think it was the latter. But what a difference this week!
We all turned up on a bright, sunny morning for the bus trip up to Cheltenham.
Our driver was a chatty, engaging young lady who described in some detail to our President, some of the skills and expertise that were required to drive such a large vehicle. After about half an hour into the trip, I was beginning to think that P plates would not be amiss, stuck onto the coach. Anyhow, we arrived safe and well at Cheltenham Tigers ground to forthright celebration from our driver after she had got us all to the right place without any incident. However, confidence was not instilled when and I quote "Not looking forward to the drive back on the motorway in the dark".
Tucks was on his own this week with Chris Heal having recently got wed and Nick Hill having his annual romantic weekend away in Cornwall. Nevertheless, John Vickers turned up to ably assist Tucks with the preparations and coaching duties. It was good to see John and with any luck he will come back to join us when his studies are concluded.
After pleasantries were exchanged and our hosts providing us to Pottsy's favourite meal of sausage and chips, the travelling support were treated to an excellent display of compelling running rugby. They ran in 7 tries on a 4G pitch that suited our style of play today.
We looked as if we were the home side, playing the pitch and windy conditions expertly to engineer a 20 - 43 victory.
Keeping the ball in hand in the first half against a strong wind, Cheltenham battered away with their big pack, but were held at bay with some fierce, aggressive tackling from both backs and forwards. The young back row of Lewis O'Brien, Toby Ford and MOTM Chas Tucker excelling, cutting out any danger when the Tigers threatened.
The ball was fed out to our backline, who continually threatened the Cheltenham line with some dazzling lines taken at pace and polished handling, resulting in some excellent tries.
The second half tactics changed when playing with the wind and some deft kicking kept Cheltenham pushed back in their own half. When they did break out, quite deservedly, they had a purple patch in the latter half.
The Cheltenham contingent were very gracious in defeat and complimentary to the players and support from Clevedon. Hopefully, they will string a few results together and survive in this competitive league.
All in all, I would say this was the best performance of the season so far. A good mix of a lot of youth, guided by some old heads, produced an accomplished performance, resulting in a well needed and deserved away win.
The next league game is on the 17th November, when we are at the Vale with Chew Valley the opposition.
On a closing note, apparently, there was some incident with the coach travel back. However, cannot comment as myself and Mr T opted to take a lift back to Clevedon with Kev Weaver as we are both frightened of the dark.
Yours Aye, Jim
"The General and The Guide"
On a dry, windy day on a superb playing surface Clevedon's young braves showed what they were capable of.
Cheltenham took an early lead with a penalty.
Clevedon playing into the wind soon got into action when fullback Jordan Mein had a great touch line run to score under the posts, which he converted.
Cheltenham's big pack hit back with a forward drive that resulted in a try.
Clevedon keeping the ball in hand, because of the wind, ran the ball on every occasion and the young backs guided by vets Tom Thie and Ashley Vailes ran riot.
Clevedon regained the lead with a lineout move, resulting in Toby Ford sprinting 50 metres for a try.
Clevedon were now in the driving seat with Rhys Talbot releasing quick ball for Ali Balcombe to score a try after slick handling. Jordan Mein scored a second try, which he in turn converted.
Before the break Cheltenham scored a second try through their pack. This was converted.
The second half saw the hosts dominate the early stages, but it was not long before Clevedon clicked into gear. Tom Thie, the marshal behind the scrum, went over for a try. Jordan Mein converted.
Clevedon's forwards, with the wind at their backs, started to take control with Lewis O'brien and Charlie Tucker prominent.
Good close work saw Ashley Vailes cross the line and Clevedon's final and 7th try come from Charlie Tucker, which was converted.
On the final whistle Cheltenham scored a consolation try for a 20-43 loss.
A successful and enjoyable day with acting coach Neil Tucker well pleased with his team's efforts.
"Not too damning"
27 December 2002
The afternoon got off to a really good start with a first-rate lunch of meat and 3 veg provided by our in-house chef Curly.
After my 3-week sojourn, I was looking forward to this game, but unfortunately what was served up at the Vale did not match the fare served up in the clubhouse. To say I was disappointed at the final whistle would be an understatement.
We started off pretty well, with plenty of possession and territory in the right area of the field for the first 20-25 minutes.
The set piece was going well and we looked set to have a good day at the office with Barton Hill hardly being in the game.
To be brutally honest, the game should have been done and dusted in the first half if it wasn't for the amount of errors and turnover ball we gave away in the opposition half. We just did not look after the ball and failed to convert possession and pressure into points.
When Barton Hill did eventually venture into our half they came away with 3 points. And with the weather and our play deteriorating, doubts were creeping in and the writing seemed to be on the wall.
The boys from Barton Hill were much the happier side at halftime going in 0-3 up.
The second half was all change and the opposition were dominant and began to bully us in all phases of play ,but they too found it difficult to cross the whitewash. They did eventually get the try and converted to go ahead 0-10.
Some hope was on offer to the remainder of the supporters that had not retired to the warmth and dry of the clubhouse when we got a converted try to make the score look a tad more respectable and gain us a losing bonus point.
On the plus side though, the 2nds had a good win at Winscombe, wh brought some cheer when they returned from their travels and the Cheesies revelled in the entertainment provided apres match by all who attended the Halloween Party.
Best costume was won by our resident Viking who dressed as an amazing version of Uncle Fester.
So onwards and upwards, Cheltenham next week. Let's hope we are at the races for this one! (Sorry)
Yours Aye, Jim
Last season there were three part-time contributors under the headings of Chairman's Chirps, Onlooker's View and The Cheesies.
There was an occasional musing from Cobweb Corner, but as last season progressed, they stayed there fearing that relegation was inevitable.
They've stayed cocooned until now. Hopefully, their new found freedom will inspire them to begin their writing again as they will be eager for Clevedon to flourish in their new league.
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