Team: T.Thie, M.Lowis, A.Rice, D.Ashfield, H.Butland, K.Hill, A.Vailes, B.Largenton, M.Honour, B.Bosley, T.Statton, W.Trollope, H.Foley, R.Biggins, H.Russell(c). Replacements: G.Carpenter, C.Maslen, J.Ford. Coach: N.Hill. Flag: N.Tucker. Physio: G.Davis. Referee: (Somerset Society)
It must have been frustrating for him having to watch a dominant (if you ignore the opening minute WSM try!) Clevedon first half display.
This domination was finally rewarded by prop Brian Largenton's try just before half time, which increased Clevedon's lead for a halftime 9-16 lead.
A couple of minutes into the second half and WSM had clawed back 3 more points. Undaunted, Clevedon hit back with another converted try by hooker Matt Honour to lead 8-23 with half an hour to go.
At this stage and from the resulting restart in Clevedon's 22, WSM used their gincoeros pack to win a penalty try, after ten minutes of scrummaging. The penny finally dropped for the home side and they repeated their ploy for another try converted try after a Clevedon yellow. It's fair to say that the WSM backs didn't get much of a look in after that and basked in the late afternoon sunshine while their pack won the game for them.
Clevedon first team are away to runaway league leaders Weston-Super-Mare this Saturday for a 15:00 kick off. This game will be a true test of Clevedon's resurgence this season and should prove to be a cracker of a game. Weston-Super-Mare on the other hand will be keen to avenge their defeat at the end of last season. Game on!
Team: T.Thie, B.Williams, A.Rice, D.Ashfield, H.Butland, K.Hill, M.Lowis, B.Largenton, J.Ford, B.Bosley, T.Statton, W.Trollope, H.Foley, R.Biggins, O.Biggins(c). Replacements: G.Carpenter, C.Maslen, M.Honour. Coach: N.Hill. Flag: N.Tucker. Physio: G.Davis. Referee: (Bristol Society)
Team: T.Thie, M.Taylor, A.Rice, C.Maslen, H.Butland, K.Hill, M.Lowis, B.Largenton, J.Ford, J.Lugtig, T.Statton, W.Trollope, R.Biggins, H.Russell, O.Biggin(c). Replacements: L.Appleby, B.Bosley, H.Foley. Coach: N.Hill. Flag: N.Tucker. Physio: G.Davis. Referee: Nick Heath (Somerset Society)
Throughout this game Clevedon just had the edge, but couldn't quite break down the home defence. An opportunistic drop goal from Kieran Hill after 6 minutes, who somehow picked the ball off his boots, saw the ball squeeze in by the righthand post from 25 yards for a 0-3 lead.
Next week, Clevedon are at home to Chard. The lunch is at 13:30 and the kick off off is at 15:00.The seconds are away to Bristol Harlequins for a 15:00 kick off.
Team: T.Thie, M.Taylor, B.Williams, A.Rice, D.Ashfield, M.Taylor, K.Hill, M.Lowis, B.Largenton, J.Ford, B.Bosley,T.Statton, W.Trollope, R.Biggins, H.Russell, O.Biggin(c). Replacements: L.Appleby, J.Lugtig, H.Foley. Coach: N.Hill. Flag: J.Durant. Physio: G.Davis. Referee: Ellis Davies (Liverpool Society)
The "60 Years at The Vale" celebrations were a boost for Clevedon who had a larger and more vociferous crowd than usual to support them. A bonus point win was the fourth game in a row that had gained some points, which bodes well for the rest of the season.
Next week, Clevedon are away to promoted Kingsbridge with the coach leaving at 11:00 sharp. Only five pounds for supporters. The seconds have a home game against Castle Cary for a 15:00 kick off.
This is nothing to do with coach Hill or his son. It is about survival of the fittest.
One of Kingsbridge's best kept secrets for coach travelling away teams is the last quarter of a mile to the clubhouse. Coaches have to park at the bottom of the hill due to a narrow road and 20% hairpin half way up and categorized by The Tour as a CAT 1 climb.
The intrepid old boys who travelled with the players were left to their own devices and faced the daunting trek on their own. Messr's Thomas, Harris, Potts and McVeigh started out together, but finished in ascending order of age - McVeigh, Potts, Harris, and Thomas.
The incentive for them all was to get past the entrance before the gate keeper arrived, which they did, leaving enough dosh to buy a refreshing pint.
Thank goodness they all survived - going home in a body bag would have been a bit disappointing and bad for morale.
This week the Clevedon clubhouse was celebrating "60 Years at The Vale" and had a lookalike competition to add to the fun. The competition was won by these two gentlemen. They didn't take to kindly to being compared with a disgraced former Aussie and for the record, stated that their wobble-boards were still in pristine condition, thank you very much!
Other lookalikes that entered were an Uncle Fester (Pottsy), several Weebles (Col, Higgy, Jimmy, and Papa), one Santa Claus (Fordie) and a boyband wannabe (Crunch).
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