Clevedon 59 Midsomer Norton 5

5th November 2016

"A Midsomer Nights Dream for Clevedon " By Neil Tucker

Team: T.Thie, M.Taylor, A.Rice, D.Ashfield, H.Butland, K.Hill, M.Lowis, B.Largenton, M.Honour, B.Bosley, W.Trollope, H.Foley, R.Biggins, H.Russell, O.Biggins(c). Replacements: L.Appleby, C.Maslen, J.Ford. Coach: N.Hill. Flag: N.Tucker. Physio: G.Davis.

Kevin Weaver: Big Basher try...

In conditions ideal for running rugby Clevedon certainly produced that against a gallant Midsomer Norton side fighting to stay in this division. Clevedon opened the scoring in the first minute with a Kieran Hill penalty. Good forward pressure then saw Harley Foley go over for a try wide out. Clevedon had all the possession and increased their lead with a Hill penalty. Good work at the scrum saw Dean Ashfield crash over for a try under the posts, Hill converted. Clevedon, now with their tails up, saw Aaron Rice chip ahead and caught the ball for a fine individual try. Another forward drive saw Will Trollope go over for Hill to convert. Clevedon ended the half with a length of the field handling movement resulting in Tom Thie going over the white wash, Hill again added the points for Clevedon to lead 37 nil at the break.

The second half saw Clevedon go into their shell and allow the visitors to have a good 20 minutes in which they scored a well deserved try. In the final quarter Clevedon slipped back into top gear and Brian Largenton went over for a try, after good work at the lineout. Mike Lowis then poached a try from the base of a maul. Hill added the points. It was now all one way traffic and Mike Taylor went in for a try up the blindside. Hill converted. The final move of the game saw Hill score in the corner. A good win over a side near the botom of the table.

Next FRIDAY, Clevedon are away to Taunton in the quarter final of the Somerset Cup.k.o.7.30 pm.

Drybrook 31 Clevedon 30

29th October 2016

"A Close Encounter In The Forest !" By Neil Tucker

Team: T.Thie, M.Taylor, A.Rice, D.Ashfield, H.Butland, K.Hill, M.Lowis, B.Largenton, M.Honour, B.Bosley, W.Trollope, H.Foley, R.Biggins, H.Russell, O.Biggins(c). Replacements: T.Statton, C.Maslen, J.Ford. Coach: N.Hill. Flag: N.Tucker. Physio: G.Davis.

Kevin Weaver: Mattie Honour scores for a second week running...

Clevedon can count themselves very unlucky not to gain a win in the forest on Saturday. The seasiders were slow into their stride and conceded a soft chip and chase try early on. Clevedon faced pressure for much of the opening third of the game and only stoic defence kept Drybrook at bay, with Rory Biggins and Harley Foley outstanding in this area.

Clevedon started to apply the pressure in the red zone but a final pass on the home line was intercepted, resulting in a length of the field try for Drybrook, converted for 12-0. Undeterred, Clevedon hit back with a try from Brian Largenton after good approach play, Kieran Hill converted for 12-7. Drybrook scored next with two penalties for 18-7. Hill clawed a penalty back on the stroke of half time for 18-10.

The second period started with a Clevedon penalty which Hill scored to reduce the arrears to 18-13, but Drybrook replied in kind for 21-13. Clevedon then miisfielded a high ball gifting Drybrook another easy score, converted for 28-13.

Clevedon now threw down the gauntlet and played some superb running rugby and, after a series of offloads it was Aaron Rice who touched down for Clevedons second try, Hill converted for 28-20. The seasiders then scored the try of the game when a length of the field passing move, involving forwards and backs, was finished off by the excellent Matt Honour, Hill converted. Clevedon now 28-27 down had Drybrook well and truly on the ropes and were unlucky to loose possession on the home teams try line but they were awarded a penalty out wide, which Hill converted taking Clevedon into the lead for the first time in the game 28-30. In the dying minutes Clevedon received a yellow card and the resulting penalty was kicked to give Drybrook the winning score.

Head Coach Nick Hill commented "Drybrook must be wondering how they managed to win this one, we gifted them three tries and you can't expect to win games in this league when you give teams a head start, a bonus point was little consolation."

Next week, Clevedon are at home to Midsomer Norton for a 14:30 kick off. The seconds are away to Chew Valley and the Colts take on Wells Colts at home.

Weston-Super-Mare 29 Clevedon 23

16th October 2016

"Battle of the Seasiders" by Neil Tucker

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: Wayne Davis (Somerset Society)

Alan Crane: Brian Largenton scores the opening try...

Another bonus point on the road, but a game Clevedon let slip in the latter stages. It was a pulsating game that lived up to its local derby tag.

Weston took the lead in the first minute with a well taken, contentious try, unconverted. Weston continued to push and could have gone further ahead, but missed two kickable penalties.

Clevedon then took the game to Weston and had them on the back foot for most of the first half, but failed to turn pressure into points and the normally reliable Hill, narrowly missed three penalty attempts. Hill then found his kicking boots and slotted over 3 penalties in 5 minutes for Clevedon to take a deserved 9-5 lead.

Just before half time Clevedon launched an attack with a fine break by Aaron Rice who offloaded to prop Brian Largenton to go over under the posts. Hill converted for Clevedon to lead 16 - 5 at the turn around.

The second half saw why Weston were unbeaten so far this season. They kicked a penalty to reduce the gap to 16-8, but Clevedon hit back with an excellent try by hooker Matt Honour, after good approach work by Clevedon, converted by Hill. This took Clevedon into a deserved 23-8 lead.

Clevedon now came under sustained pressure from the heavier home pack and conceded a number of penalties, one of which resulted in a converted penalty try to close the gap to 23-15.

Clevedon then had a man in the bin for 17 minutes and Weston, with their tails up, scored two converted tries late on, for a 29-23 lead.

With Clevedon back to full strength they pressurised the Weston line and a certain try was disallowed for apparent crossing, much to the amazement of most of the crowd, and even some of the home supporters. At the final whistle it was Weston who hung on for the win.

Head Coach Nick Hill commented "Although I'm very proud of the lads we need to learn to close out games, at 23-8 up we took our foot off the pedal and let Weston back into the game and they showed why they are top of the league".

Next week, Clevedon are away to Drybrook with the coach leaving at 11:00.

Clevedon 67 Chard 5

8th October 2016

"Chard burnt at The Vale" by Neil Tucker

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)

Kev Weaver: Ben Williams runs try number five...Clevedon demolished basement side Chard at the Vale as nine tries from the home side proved a real crowd pleaser. Clevedon took the lead early on with two long range penalties from Kieran Hill and the hosts moved further ahead when Rory Biggins scored in the corner after some good forward play.

The Seasiders scored again with a well worked back line move which saw Aaron Rice slice through the Chard defence to score in the corner, converted Kieran Hill, 18-0.

Chards lively pack now enjoyed a period of possession but Clevedon defended well and they were next to score when a well timed pass to Dean Ashfield saw him power through the Chard defence, to score under the posts, converted by Hill, half time 25-0.

Clevedon started the second half as they finished the first and some slick handling saw Kieran Hill cross the line, which he then converted 32-0.Try number five saw Ben Williams cap a fine performance, with the try of the game, when a perfectly timed inside line saw him score under the posts, Hill converted 39-0.

Chard never gave up and were rewarded with a try from a catch and drive, 39-5.

The Seasiders scored next when a break from Hill saw him offload to Cameron Maslen for try number 6, Hill converted 46-5. The flood gates now opened and Aaron Rice scored the next two tries in quick succession, to complete his hat trick with some powerful running which the Chard defence could not contain, Hill converted both 60-5.

The final try was scored by Tim Statton and Kieran Hill capped a fine afternoon by duly converting to make the final score 67-5.

Next week, Clevedon have a free weekend and time to enjoy the three day Cider & Sausage festive at the club.

Kingsbridge 16 Clevedon 16

1st October 2016

"It's a draw" by Neil Tucker

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.Biggins(c). Replacements: L.Appleby, B.Bosley, H.Foley. Coach: N.Hill. Flag: N.Tucker. Physio: G.Davis. Referee: Nick Heath (Somerset Society)

Alan Crane: Aaron Rice chips through to score...This was Clevedon's first trip to newly promoted Kingsbridge and with both sides committed to running rugby, defences were tested early on, but it was the Seasiders who took the lead after 10 minutes, with a fine drop goal from Kieran Hill.

Kingsbridge put Clevedon under pressure at the set-piece forcing the seasiders into making mistakes and a resulting penalty levelled the score 3-3. Kingsbridge then went further ahead with another penalty in front of the posts 6-3.

Kingsbridge were enjoying a good spell of possession but Clevedon's defence held firm and Aaron Rice and Rory Biggins gained some important turn-overs. It was from one of these turn-overs, on the half way line, that Clevedon were awarded a penalty, Kieran Hill duly converted to take Clevedon into half time all square 6-6.

Some strong words at half time saw Clevedon starting the half in determined fashion, keeping the ball tight and making good in roads in to the Kingsbridge defence. The pressure told and Clevedon moved into the lead with a penalty out wide from Kieran Hill, 6-9.

Clevedon were then unlucky to be reduced to 14 men when the referee brandished a red card to Harvey Russell for throwing a punch, unfortunately for Clevedon the referee had missed the Kingsbridge forward striking the first blow. A reshuffled pack resulted in disruption at scrum time which saw the hosts awarded a questionable penalty try, duly converted to take the score to 13-9, with 25 minutes remaining on the clock.

This seemed to spark 14 man Clevedon into action and lead by captain Owen Biggins, they launched an all out attack resulting in a fine chip through from Aaron Rice who then touched down for a fine try under the posts, converted by Kieran Hill, to take Clevedon into a 13-16 lead.

Kingsbridge managed to level the score with a penalty against the run of play, 16-16. The last 5 minutes of the game saw Clevedon camped in the Kingsbridge red zone and fine runs from Mike Taylor and Tom Thie severely tested the home defence, but time ran out and the final whistle blew leaving Clevedon ruing a slow start.

Head Coach Nick Hill commented 'On reflection, two points on an away trip to Devon isn't all that bad considering we played over 25 minutes with 14 men, and we were still on the coach for most of the first half. The lads showed tremendous spirit and we could have nicked it at the end'

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.

Clevedon 27 Bideford 3

24th September 2016

"Home win for Clevedon" by Neil Tucker

Team: T.Thie, 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.Biggins(c). Replacements: L.Appleby, J.Lugtig, H.Foley. Coach: N.Hill. Flag: J.Durant. Physio: G.Davis. Referee: Ellis Davies (Liverpool Society)

Kev Weaver: Rory Biggins scores the first...Clevedon returned to winning ways with a convincing but hard worked win against Bideford.

The score line suggests a comfortable win, but the reality was different as the Devonian visitors pushed Clevedon all the way.

In front of a big crowd celebrating 60 years of playing at the vale, it Bideford who opened the scoring with a well struck penalty. Clevedon replied with a well worked try and saw Rory Biggin score out wide. Kieran hill added the conversion.

Bideford began to put pressure on the home side through driving lineouts and had the edge at scrum time with their heavier forwards. However, they couldn't match the fitness and resilence of a determined Clevedon outfit who scored again through the maverick Dean Ashfield again converted by Hill.

Clevedon moved further ahead when Hill struck a penalty from the halfway line and the same player increased the lead shortly before the break for a half time Clevedon lead of 20-3.

Bideford started the second half with renewed vigour and camped in the Clevedon red zone for long periods of time. Only resolute defence deprived them of a score. As in most games, the harder you defend the more clinical you attack and it was the seasiders who scored again with a fine opportunistic try from Mike Taylor and converted b y Kieran HIll.

Head coach Nick Hill commented "Bideford are a good side and made us work really hard, there is work needed on our set piece and maybe we could have looked after the ball a bit better". "On a plus we created chances and our defence was outstanding. Mike Lowis, Owen Biggins and Brian Largenten were huge in this area.

The day had special significance for former president and captain Richard Newton who played at the Vale for the first time 60 years ago. Hill added "Richard is a true gentlemen and keen supporter and an example to all on tradition and club values!".

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.

Thornbury 15 Clevedon 9

17th September 2016

"A Thorn In Our Side !" by Neil Tucker

Team: H.Butland, T.Thie, A.Rice, D.Ashfield, M.Taylor, K.Hill, M.Lowis, B.Largenton, J.Ford, B.Bosley, W.Trollope, L.Appleby, H.Foley, H.Russell, O.Biggins(c). Replacements: T.Statton, J.Lugtig, R.Biggins. Coach: N.Hill. Flag: N.Tucker. Physio: G.Davis. Referee: Craig Pocock (Bristol Society)

Kev Weaver: The bonus point penalty...Clevedon were unlucky to come unstuck against highfliers Thornbury.

The Seasiders made the short trip up the M5 to play the Thorns, who are unbeaten at home for the last 18 months.The opening exchanges were even with both sides fully committed. Clevedon started to shade possession, but unfortunately either kicked the ball away or lost it in contact.

It was against the run of play that Thornbury opened the scoring when some slack defence allowed them to score an unconverted try out wide. The seasiders now upped the ante and were twice denied from scoring by last ditch defending and it was Thornbury who scored next with a penalty.

Clevedon cut the deficit with a penalty from Kieran Hill to go into the break with the score Thornbury 8-3 Clevedon.

Clevedon started the second half with renewed vigour and big hits from Rory Biggins and Joe Ford led the way. Clevedon closed the gap to 8-6 with a long range penalty from Kieran Hill.

The seasiders controlled the third quarter, but couldn't turn pressure into points. A momentary lapse of concentration allowed Thornbury to increase the lead with a converted try.

Clevedon now threw everything at Thornbury and fine breaks from Dean Ashfield and Mike Taylor really tested them, but were thwarted by some desperate defence.

Kieran Hill did however guarantee a losing bonus point with a penalty from outwide.

Head coach Nick Hill commented "On days like these you need the rub and unfortunately it didn't go our way, although I was pleased with aspects of our game." "The lineouts definitely improved and I can't complain about the spirit in which the lads played. Thornbury are a tidy outfit and we are still a work in progress, so watch this space!"

Next week, Clevedon are at home to Bideford, kick off is at 15:00. The seconds are away to Wellington for a 15:00 kick off.

Clevedon 38 Teignmouth 3

7th September 2016

"A superb try fest" by Alan Crane

Team: H.Butland, T.Thie, A.Rice, D.Ashfield, M.Taylor, K.Hill, M.Lowis, B.Largenton, J.Ford, B.Bosley, T.Statton, W.Trollope, L.Appleby, H.Foley, H.Russell(c). Replacements: C.Maslen, M.Honor, R.Biggins. Coach: N.Hill. Flag: J.Durant. Physio: G.Davis.

Kev Weaver: Blaise Bosley blazes his way through...After last season's defeat of Clevedon at The Vale, Teignmouth seemed to be in confident mood as they ran out thinking they would again cause an upset, especially after Clevedon's narrow defeat last week.

Unfortunately, their confidence was misplaced as Clevedon ran them ragged all afternoon. A solitary penalty after half an hour was all they got from their trip as Clevedon's rampant attack left them tackling fresh air.

When Teignmouth did threaten with their trade mark catch and drive, Clevedon's defence was resolute and determined.

After a frantic first ten minutes that saw Teignmouth threaten, Clevedon were awarded a penalty. Kieran Hill misjudged the gusting wind and the ball sailed past. Nevermind, a couple of minutes later, an individual try by Aaron Rice and a conversion by Hill, put Clevedon 7-0 up. Another missed penalty ten minutes later was followed by try shortly afterwards for Dean Ashfield, converted by Hill. On the half hour mark, Teignmouth kicked their only points for a 14-3 half time score.

The second half began with the wind behind Clevedon allowing Mike Lowis and Hill to play the angles (not the angel!). One such kick saw fullback Harvey Butland race in for the touch down wide out on 48 minutes. The conversion failed. Shortly after, a bewildering yellow card for MOTM Trollope saw Clevedon increase their lead with another unconverted try by veteran Tom Thie, to make the score 24-3.

Two more tries followed in the last ten by winger Mike Taylor and hooker Joe Ford, both being converted by Taylor. These tries finished off an excellent display of running and support play rugby 38-3, with five of the tries being distributed between five of the backs. Young Joe Ford's try kept the pack on the score sheet, but the way he scampered over you could easily have mistaken him for a back.

An excellent and entertaining win was enough to see the clubhouse busy until late and the Jackets happy. Keep up the good work boys.

Next week, Clevedon are away to Thornbury, kick off is at 15:00. The seconds entertain Imperial, also with a 15:00 kick off.

Okehampton 15 Clevedon 9

3rd September 2016

Team: H.Butland, B.Williams, A.Rice, D.Ashfield, M.Taylor, K.Hill, M.Lowis, B.Largenton, J.Ford, B.Bosley, W.Trollope, L.Appleby, H.Russell, O.Biggins(c), C.Maslen. Replacements: J.Puddy, W.Taylor, N.George. Coaches: N.Hill/C.HealFlag: N.Tucker. Physio: G.Davis.

Kev Weaver: Basher brought down to earth...A losing bonus point on the road was scant consolation for a game that Clevedon had a decent chance of winning. With all the possession they had and six nil up after 20 minutes Clevedon were in the driving seat. However, a penalty from half way, into the wind, from Okehampton soon afterwards kept them in touch with Clevedon. A half time score of 6-9 playing with the elements told the tale for Clevedon - not enough points on the board to defend with.

Okehampton bolstered their pack by replacing the hooker with one that was twice the size and weight and this altered the balance of power in the scrums. With Clevedon's sharp backs trying to play dry weather rugby in a monsoon it seemed they might break through and score a try. Okehampton's defence had other ideas and kept them at bay.

The second half had only nine points in it and all from the boot of the Okehampton number 12, which was enough for them to win, despite Clevedon's desperate attacks in the last five.

The final whistle went to signal wild celebrations for Okehampton and "what ifs, buts and maybes" for Clevedon, who'll regroup for their first home game next week. The next time they play other will be the last game of the season in April 2017 - who'll be top top dogs by then?

Next Saturday, Clevedon 1st XV play host to Teignmouth for a 15:00 kick off, preceded by the first Vice Presidents' lunch of the season at 13:30. The 2nd XV are away to Wells, also with a 15:00 kick off.

No Necks Thwarted

3rd September 2016

The Okehampton clubhouse and grounds are very neat, tidy and welcoming. The Doombar and Tribute were excellent.

Unfortunately, the huge stainless steel kitchen was unable to produce a lunch for the travelling No Necks, who were denied their traditional pillaging of away buffets.The Okehampton president was extremely apologetic about it and cited government cuts (or was it Brexit?) for the lack of resources to produce one, which they would normally do. No harm done though as Pottsy filled up with several platefuls of chips, rather than his usual 46 pork pies!

Good luck to Okehampton for the rest of the season.

Read Neil Tucker's report here and the Okehampton report here.

Message from the Chairman

Dear Club Member,

Our new Club Steward, Martyn Howell commenced employment with the Club on Monday 22nd August 2016 and is settling in well with the team. He will be responsible for the running of the bar and catering functions within the Club with a view to improving the efficiency, quality and service in all areas for the benefit of Members and Guests. Please take the opportunity to visit the Club and I am sure Martyn will provide a warm welcome and an insight into the plans we have for improvement.

As you may be aware, the club hosts not only rugby related events but also skittles and darts throughout the week and we have now formalised the opening hours for the coming season as follows:

  • Monday - Closed
  • Tuesday to Friday 19:00 - 23:00
  • Saturday and Sunday 12:00 - 23.00

In order to keep you better informed we shall be publishing forthcoming events both through email and on our Facebook page, and keeping you updated on the Clubs progress by Newsletter.

I hope to see you at the Club soon and take this opportunity thank all the Member volunteers for their efforts and all other Members for their support.

Kind Regards, Dave Russell