Team: H.Butland, B.Williams, C.Maslen, R.Biggins, J.Tucker, K.Hill, A.Vailes, B.Largenton, A.Davis, B.Bosley, D.Rawle, W.Trollope, H.Foley, C.Tucker, H.Russell(c).
Replacements: T.Thie, T.Statton, G.Carpenter. Coach: N.Hill Physio: G.Davis Flag: N.Tucker Ref: I.Hillier
This was a typical end of season game with lots of end to end play, on a bone hard pitch and with both teams involved in important games next week, Clevedon away to Newbury Blues in the play offs and Okehampton in the Devon Cup Final, there was a great deal of shadow tackling. Clevedon took the lead in the first minute when some fine back play saw Cameron Maslen touch down, Kieran Hill converted for 7-0. Hill then added a penalty for Clevedon to lead 10-0. Okehampton came back with a converted penalty for 10-3. Clevedon then moved further ahead when a move off the base of the scrum saw 17 year old Charlie Tucker go over the line, unconverted for 15-3. Some excellent interplay then saw veteran Ashley Vailes add another try, Hill converted for 22-3. Okehampon always looked dangerous on the break but it was Clevedon who scored again, with a try by Rory Biggins after good approach work by the forwards, Hill again converted for 29-3. Clevedon now pressed the self destruct button and let in the visitors with three tries, two converted, through poor tackling. Just before the break a searching run from young Harold Butland put Joey Tucker in for a try, which Hill converted for Clevedon to lead 36-22 at the break.
The second half saw Okehamton throw caution to the wind and they quickly scored two tries, one being converted, to bring the scores in Clevedon's favour 36-34. Clevedon now knowing that it was game on, upped the ante and a catch and drive at the lineout saw Dave Rawle go over and with the trusty boot of Hill rested on the sideline, young Harold Butland stepped up to add the conversion. It was then time for the props to shine with Brian Largenton and Gary Carpenter scoring tries from close range. Harry Butland converted one. That was the final score with both teams giving their all on a bone hard pitch.
Head Coach Nick Hill commented "it was good to get back to winning ways, did we have one eye on next weeks game ? perhaps, but we must give credit to Okehampton, who are a good side and who without a 10 point deduction would have been pressing for promotion themselves.
After finishing second in the league to WSM, Clevedon travel to Newbury Blues on Saturday to contest the SW1 playoffs and a chance test themselves in National League 3 next season. The coach leaves at 11:00 for a 15:00 kick off. There are still a few seats left so please contach President Michael Thomas to reserve your spot.
Team: T.Thie, B.Williams, C.Maslen, R.Biggins, H.Butland, K.Hill, A.Vailes, B.Largenton, A.Davis, B.Bosley, H.Foley, T.Statton, H.Russell, O.Biggins(c),B.Purcell.
Replacements: M.Honour, D.Rawle, G.Carpenter, W.Trollope, J.Tucker, C.Tucker, M.Fisher. Coach: N.Hill Physio: G.Davis Flag: C.Hoadley and H.Garmston Ref: M.Davies
The cup final was played in front of a large crowd on Hornets new artificial surface between Weston and Clevedon who finished 1st and 2nd respectively in the league, so this was always going to be a lively affair.
The game started a furious pace with both sides keen to gain the early momentum and it looked like Clevedon would take an early lead when Kieran Hill broke into the Weston half and offloaded to the Clevedon pack who quickly recycled the ball only for Weston to concede a penalty which Hill converted for 0-3. From the restart Weston broke back and tested the Clevedon defence, earning a penalty of their own to level the scores. The game continued in this 'back and forth' manner with the two fly halves both kicking penalties to leave the scores level at 6-6 after 20 minutes. The first scrum of the game came just after 20 minutes and Weston showed their superior weight and power in the set piece earning a penalty, from which they drove on to score the first try of the game through their forwards, for 13-6. Back came Clevedon, who may have struggled in the tight but were much superior in the loose, the Weston defence once again conceded the penalty, which Hill slotted for 13-9. Hill struck again with another penalty to close the score to 13-12 at the break.
The second half continued to be a tight affair with both sides battling hard, Clevedon could have moved ahead when a slick handling move by the Clevedon backs cut through the Weston defence, only for the final ball to be dropped with the line at their mercy. It was Weston who then increased their lead with another penalty for 16-12. Clevedon now upped the ante, with the forwards recycling and some superb driving play was rewarded with a try by Brian Largenton, Hill converted for a 19-16 lead. Again Weston came back and pressured the Clevedon defence and squared the match with a another penalty for 19-19. In the 68th minute the game was ended as a contest, after a questionable sin binning of a Clevedon prop at scrum time. Weston opted for another scrum which went absolutely no where but it didn't matter because, to everyone's amazement, the young referee decided to award a penalty try. Shortly afterwards Clevedon were down to 13 men when a Clevedon player asked the referee if they could bring on a replacement 9 for an injured player, this seemed to upset the referee who brandished another yellow. Weston quickly took advantage of their numerical supremacy and scored another try to finish the game.
Head Coach Nick Hill commented "We are absolutely gutted, you need an element of luck in tight games and we didn't get any, taking nothing away from Weston, whose set piece and defence were very good, but we definitely had the upper hand in the loose and looked threatening all game, at least until the 68th minute when the occasion seemed to get to the referee. The journey is not over yet with one more league game and the play off final in two weeks, we will be prepared."
The end of season Sponsors', Vice Presidents' and Life Members' lunch precedes this match at 13:00. It will be something to look forward to with President Mike Thomas giving his "Amazing wit and repartee" speech.
Team: M.Lowis, B.Williams, C.Maslen, D.Ashfield, H.Butland, K.Hill, A.Vailes, B.Largenton, M.Honour, B.Bosley, D.Rawle, H.Foley, T.Statton, H.Russell(c), B.Purcell.
Replacements: N.Tucker, C.Tucker, O.Biggins. Coach: N.Hill Flag: N.Tucker Physio: G.Davis
This was very nearly a banana skin on the road for Clevedon, the Seasiders started well and squandered two early scoring chances, had a try disallowed and missed two penalty kicks from the usually reliable boot of Kieran Hill. Clevedon were totally dominant, playing with pace and width but lacked the composure to finish. The Seasiders did eventually take the lead with a try from a catch and drive at the lineout by Blaise Bosley. Clevedon soon increased their lead with a try by Dean Ashfield who cut through midfield like a knife through butter, Kieran Hill converted for 0-12. A rare visit to the Clevedon half saw Pethy score a converted try after some sloppy Clevedon defence allowed the home side to go straight through the middle. Clevedon increased their lead with a penalty converted by Kieran Hill on the stroke of half time for 7-15.
Playing up the slope in the second half Clevedon started well with man of the match Ben Purcell breaking from the scrum to score near the posts, Kieran Hill added the conversion to take Clevedon into a 7-22 lead. If Clevedon thought that was game over Pethy had other ideas and put Clevedon's defence under extreme pressure, and with a player yellow carded Pethy took a quick tap penalty to score their second try, 12-22. Pethy continued to apply pressure through their heavy forwards and finally Clevedon's defence was bridged again with a converted try to close the score to 19-22. From the restart Pethy were awarded a penalty, they kicked to the corner and from the resulting lineout scored an unconverted try to take the lead 24-22 to the roars of the Pethy crowd. With three minutes left on the clock Clevedon pressed the Pethy defence and were eventually awarded a penalty 35m out to the left hand side and Kieran Hill, under verbal pressure from the opposition and the vocal crowd, drove the ball straight through the uprights to silence the Pethy faithful.
Head Coach Nick Hill commented "This was a very tough win, we created a number of chances and should have had the game sewn up after 20 minutes, but in many ways this did us a favour as we had to show grit and character and played right to the last minute. It has however given us a number of things to work on ahead of the cup final on Thursday"
Team: T.Thie(c), J.Tucker, C.Maslen, D.Ashfield, H.Butland, K.Hill, M.Lowis, B.Largenton, A.Davis, B.Bosley, D.Rawle, T.Statton, H.Foley, H.Russell, B.Purcell.
Replacements: N.Tucker, W.Trollope, M.Taylor. Coach: N.Hill Flags: N.Tucker Physio: G.Davis
With the season coming to the business end, a play off and cup final already in the bag, Clevedon had a hard competitive game on their hands. On a dry surface and both sides known for their free running play, the game started at pace and it was Newent who struck first with a penalty. The Seasiders soon leveled with a penalty by Kieran Hill for 3-3. Clevedon now applied the pressure with some quick recycled ball and were awarded another penalty, this time Clevedon opted for the corner and the resulting line out drive near the Newent line allowed Hooker Andy Davis to score his first try of the game, 8-3. The pace of the game was fierce and the breakdown very committed the Seasiders had the edge in the line out, parity in the scrum but looked far more dangerous in the back line. From a turnover in their own 22 Mike Lowis offloaded to Cameron Maslen to Dean Ashfield who released the powerful Davis who out sprinted the opposition in a 35 meter dash to score his second try of the game, converted by Hill for 15-3. Just before the break Clevedon scored the try of the game when a well rehearsed and executed back line move was finished off by Joey Tucker, converted by Hill for 22-3 at half time.
The second half was not a feast of scoring but both sides still produced some exciting rugby. Clevedon's bonus point came when some quick phase play and a long pass found the young and pacy Harold Butland over in the corner, again Hill kicked the conversion for 29-3. If Clevedon thought it was job done and dusted they were mistaken, as Newent hit back with a long range try for 29-8. They threatened the Clevedon line again but Clevedon defended well, then with 20 minutes to go veteran Neil Tucker took the field to record his 700 game for the club. Clevedon got 5 points from the game and are well clear in the table from the chasing pack.
Head Coach Nick Hill said "I was very pleased with a good win over a good side, our focus before the game was all about a good performance and we very much delivered. Special comment for Neil Tucker who achieved his 700 cap, Neil is a real club stalwart, a great rugby player and an example to all, apart from his beard !!"
This week, Clevedon are playing away at North Petherton for a 15:00 kick off. The seconds are at home to Old Bristolians.
Team: T.Thie(c), M.Lowis, C.Maslen, D.Ashfield, H.Butland, K.Hill, M.Britton, B.Largenton, A.Davis, B.Bosley, D.Rawle, T.Statton, H.Foley, H.Russell, B.Purcell.
Replacements: N.Tucker, J.Tucker, R.Biggins. Coach: N.Hill Flags: N.Tucker Physio: G.Davis
Bridgwater started well putting the Seasiders line under pressure and took an early lead with a well executed try from a five metre scrum, converted. Clevedon came back and levelled on the quarter hour, when Dean Ashfield touched down near the posts, converted by Kieran Hill to level the scores 7-7. Almost from the restart Hill put Clevedon ahead when he slotted home a long range penalty for 7-10. The Clevedon kicker then put Clevedon further ahead with another penalty for 7-13. Shortly after Clevedon had a player sent to the bin, but despite playing with 14 men, Bridgwater could not take advantage and just on the stroke of half time Clevedon were awarded a penalty just inside the Bridgwater half, which Hill kicked to take Clevedon into a 7-16 lead at the break.
The second half saw Clevedon playing into the wind and Bridgwater had most of the territorial advantage but Clevedon's defence held firm, after a long period in the Clevedon 22 Clevedon turned over the ball and good work by Matt Britton allowed young Harold Butland to sprint towards the half way line and offload to Cameron Maslen who out ran the Bridgwater defence to score a try in the corner, for 7-21. Clevedon should have been cruising going into the last quarter but Brigwater had other ideas and playing with their tails up they put the Seasiders under intense pressure and after working the ball wide, raced in for a try to pull the score back to 12-21. Minutes later, whilst a brawl ensued unnoticed by the referee, Bridgwater repeated the move and scored a converted try, to close the score to 19-21. With six minutes remaining on the clock and Bridgwater in the ascendency, the game could have slipped away from Clevedon but strong drives from Ben Purcell,Andy Davies and Dean Ashfield, resulted in a penalty award to Clevedon in midfield and the trusty boot of Kieran Hill saw them home for an epic win.
Head Coach Nick Hill commented "This was a very tough win away from home, we could have played better but that we didn't was largely down to the pressure Bridgwater put us under and right to the death it could have gone either way. What is good to see is that we are finding ways to win under pressure when our backs are against the wall"
This week, Clevedon are playing at home against Newent who are fourth in the league. The kick off is at 15:00, preceded by the lunch at 13:30. The seconds are away to Keynsham.
Team: T.Thie, J.Tucker, C.Maslen, D.Ashfield, H.Butland, K.Hill, M.Lowis, B.Largenton, A.Davis, B.Bosley, H.Foley, T.Statton, H.Russell, O.Biggins(c), B.Purcell.
Replacements: W.Trollope, D.Rawle, J.Lugtie, G.Carpenter, A.Vailes, N.George, O.Jones. Coach: N.Hill Referee: A.Nicholas Flags: S.Baker & I.Strawbridge Physio: G.Davis
Clevedon played some good rugby in attack and defence and took the lead after a kick and chase was won by Mike Lowis. Clevedon increased their lead with two penalties by Kieran Hill. Good support play and slick handling led to the second try by Dean Ashfield which Hill converted. Bridgwater despite the deficit kept on attacking and from one such attack charged down a clearance kick to score in the corner. Clevedon led 18-5 at the break.
Clevedon scored from the restart with a try by Ben Purcell after good forward foraging, Hill duly converted. Clevedon now on the rampage scored another try by Cameron Maslen, Hill again converted. Next a length of the field handling movement resulted in Joe Tucker scoring in the corner, Hill again added the points. Bridgwater kept their heads up and were rewarded with a converted try. Clevedon then rang the changes and Nick George, a regular second team player, scored the final try of the night which Hill converted for a final score of 46-12. Reward now is a final against Weston at Hornets on Thurs 13th April.
Head Coach Nick Hill commented "It's great that we have a cup final to look forward too, but our main focus is reaching the league play-off, so we are not looking any further than our next league game".
This Saturday Clevedon are away to Bridgwater in the league, KO 2.30PM
Team: T.Thie, B.Williams, C.Maslen, D.Ashfield, H.Butland, K.Hill, M.Lowis, B.Largenton, A.Davis, B.Bosley, D.Rawle, W.Trollope, H.Foley, O.Biggins(c), B.Purcell. Replacements: N.Tucker, H.Russell, T.Statton. Coach: N.Hill. Flag: N.Tucker/J.Durant. Physio: C.Richards.
Matson the visitors from Gloucester, on a seven match winning streak and were keen to make it eight, started with intent and took an early lead with a try converted from a rolling maul. From the kick off the visitors again built momentum, testing the Clevedon defence and converted a kickable penalty. Clevedon's defence was severely tested again as Matson played with width and pace and went further ahead with a well worked try, converted for 0-17. From the long restart Matson had a kick charged down and Blaise Bosley raced over in the corner to get Clevedon on the scoreboard, Hill converted for 7-17. The Seasiders now woke up and pressurised the Matson defence and after some quick recycling a clever cross field kick by Kieran Hill was caught by young Harry Buckland to soccer in the corner, Hill converted to bring the score back to 14-17. Just before the break Clevedon were awarded a penalty which Hill converted to equal the scores 17-17.
The second half started with the same intensity as the first with Clevedon now looking the stronger of the two teams and they put some impressive passages of play together, but a combination of strong defence and handling errors denied them from adding to the scoreline. However, on the 60th minute Clevedon were awarded a penalty after a high tackle, Hill duly converted to take Clevedon into the lead for the first time in the match, 20-17. The exchange referee did well controlling the breakdown as both teams laid bodies on the line. Clevedon moved further ahead with a try from Tom Thie after some quick thinking at the lineout and slick offloading finished with Thie touching down in the corner, for 25-17. A late penalty for Matson saw them rescue a losing bonus point in the final minutes of the game for a 25-20 final score.
Head Coach Nick Hill commented "It was a very good win against a good side, especially after giving them a 17 point start, they asked us questions which we answered which shows how far we have come as a team"
Next game is Wednesday 15th March, a Somerset Cup semi final game vs Bridgwater, 7.30pm KO at Weston-Super-Mare.
No game, Saturday 18th March so next league game is away to Bridgwater on Saturday 25th March.
Team: M.Lowis, T.Thie, C.Maslen, D.Ashfield, H.Butland, K.Hill, M.Britton, B.Largenton, A.Davis, B.Bosley, D.Rawle, W.Trollope, H.Foley, O.Biggins(c), B.Purcell. Replacements: N.Tucker, M.Fisher, T.Statton. Coach: N.Hill. Flag: N.Tucker/J.Durant. Physio: G.Davis.
The heavy conditions did not lend themselves to running rugby, but this did not stop the Seasiders from playing some exciting stuff. With the wind behind them and playing down the slope Clevedon started well and took an early lead when Dean Ashfield scored a try out wide. Clevedon went further ahead with a long range penalty from Kieran Hill. From the KO the Seasiders were at it again, strong running from Foley and Purcell resulted in Owen Biggins scoring his first try of the game for 0-13. In the swirling wind and heavy showers Clevedon were relentless with backs and forwards working hard for each other and they were soon rewarded with a second try for Dean Ashfield, converted by Hill for 0-20. Clevedon had the edge in the scrums against a heavier pack and the line out functioned well all game. A fine break from live wire Matt Britton saw the ball recycled and William Trollope went over to increase the lead to 0-25. Shortly after ,veteran Mike Lowis crossed after a fine passage of play, converted by Kieran Hill for 0-32. Just before the break the evergreen Tom Thie was next on the score sheet when after a fine passage of offloading saw him touch down and Clevedon went in to the break 0-37 up and the bonus point safely in the bag.
The second half saw much of the same with Clevedon now having to cope with the elements and a dogged performance from the home side. Clevedon's 8 worked tirelessly with Largenton, Bosley, Davis, Statton and Rawle dogged in the tight and it was Clevedon who scored again when young Harry Butland crossed for a try after a breath taking run, Hill converted for 0-44. Harley Foley scored next topping a fine afternoons performance and Hill again added the extra's for 0-51. Midsomer Norton went through a phase of pressure which had Clevedon on the back foot but defence turned into attack which saw a length of the pitch handling move end with Tom Thie bagging his second try for 0-56. Midsomer Norton for their efforts were rewarded with a try but in the end it was Owen Biggins who had the final say with his second try, a spectacular swallow dive under the posts, Hill converted.
Head Coach Nick Hill commented "Given the conditions I was really pleased with the performance and how hard the lads worked for each other and it was ideal preparation for the tougher games to come".
Team: T.Thie, H.Butland, C.Maslen, D.Ashfield, A.Harney, K.Hill, M.Britton, B.Largenton, M.Honour, B.Bosley, H.Foley, W.Trollope, H.Russell, O.Biggins(c), A.Davis. Replacements: M.Lowis, N.Tucker, C.Tucker. Coach: N.Hill. Flag: N.Tucker/J.Durant. Physio: G.Davis.
The Seasiders hosted Drybrook who lie 4th in the league and are still in the hunt for a play off position. The Foresters started with intent and dominated the early stages and went into an early 0-6 lead after Clevedon conceded a couple penalties. Clevedon's first real period of possession saw them surge deep into the Drybrook half and after several phases of play Cameron Maslen scored out wide, converted Kieran Hill, 7-6.
Clevedon then extended their lead with a long range penalty from Hill for 10-6. Clevedon continued to concede too many penalties and on the stroke of half time Drybrook closed the gap with another penalty under the posts for 10-9.
The battle of the breakdown was fierce as both sides tried to gain the ascendancy and the Spanish exchange official was forced to issue a couple of yellow cards to both sides. The resulting penalty was converted by Drybrook to regain the lead at 10-12.
Clevedon were also awarded a couple of kickable penalties, which were missed by the usually reliable boot of Hill. Although Dybrook had the edge in the lineouts, Clevedon's scrum was solid and again the backs looked dangerous with ball in hand and running at the visitors defence.
Finally, Clevedon did manage to break down Drybrook's defence when a fine break down the blindside from Matt Britton put young Harry Butland over in the corner, which Hill converted for a 17-12 lead.
The result was in doubt right up to the final whistle as both sides battled for the points, but Clevedon closed the game out with solid defence.
There is no game next week and Clevedon are away to Midsomer Norton Saturday 4 March with the the seconds at home to Chew Valley.
Team: M.Lowis, T.Thie, C.Maslen, D.Ashfield, A.Harney, K.Hill, M.Britton, B.Largenton, M.Honour, B.Bosley, H.Foley, W.Trollope, H.Russell, O.Biggins(c), B.Purcell. Replacements: H.Butland, G.Carpenter, A.Davis. Coach: N.Hill. Flag: N.Tucker. Physio: G.Davis.
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After the break Clevedon upped the ante and had several visits into the Weston half, but poor decision making or handling errors let them down. This was certainly not a day for champagne rugby with both sides defences cancelling each other out and as a result the only further scores were a penalty each for an 11-12 final score. The Clevedon set piece, line-out and scrums were severely tested, however their defence stood firm and was superb all afternoon, with every playing laying it on the line.
Head coach Nick Hill commented "On reflection Weston were the better side on the day and just edged a very tight game, we didn't get the rub and when we did get chances we made silly mistakes. That said, our defence and willingness to play for each other and battle for 80 minutes was very pleasing and although we didn't get the win we are the first side this season to deny Weston a try."
Next week, Clevedon entertain Drybrook for the normal 14:30 kick off and President Mike Thomas's lunch as 13:30. The seconds are away to Yatton.
Team: M.Lowis, T.Thie, C.Maslen, D.Ashfield, H.Butland, K.Hill, M.Britton, B.Largenton, M.Honour, B.Bosley, H.Foley, W.Trollope, R.Biggins, O.Biggins(c), H.Russell. Replacements: N.Tucker, B.Purcell, Coach: N.Hill. Flag: N.Tucker. Physio: G.Davis.
This was never going to be an easy ask in the depths of Somerset and Chard, equipped with four south African imports playing in their backline, were a totally different proposition to the side Clevedon had beaten earlier in the season and they pushed the Seasiders from start to finish.
On a sticky pitch the home side started well and were very physical at the breakdown, in actual fact too much so, and they gave away a penalty just inside their own half, coolly slotted over by the trusty boot of Kieran Hill. Chard continued to infringe and Clevedon were awarded three further penalties, which Hill made light work of, to take the lead to 0-12, with 20 minutes gone. The Seasiders then came under pressure from the home side and only stoic defence denied Chard any more than a penalty and a surprising sin-bin for Clevedon's scrum half Matt Britton. With 14 men Clevedon turned defence into attack and after several phases of play deep in the Chard half, a clever cross field kick from Kieran Hill, found the safe hands of Harley Foley who scored in the corner, Hill added the extras for 0-19. Just before the break the home fans had something to cheer when, after some swift handling, Chard scored an excellent converted try in the corner, for 7-19.
The only score of the second half came from the boot of Hill as both sides cancelled each other out, there were opportunities for both sides to score but dropped passes or poor decision making denied any further scores.
Head Coach Nick Hill commented "Chard are a much better side than their league position suggests and if they continue to play like they did today I'm sure they will avoid the drop. For us it was a very good win, I was particularly impressed, not only with our defence, but also the performance of the pack and our set piece scrum and line-outs were superb. The only downside was a bad shoulder injury to Rory Biggins who has been our outstanding forward so far this season."
Next week, Clevedon do not have a game, but the following week, 11th Frebruary, they entertain league leaders WSM at home for an earlier 13:30 kick-off. Th usual trough gathering is a 12:30.
Team: T.Thie, B.Ashfield, C.Maslen, D.Ashfield, H.Butland, K.Hill, M.Lowis, B.Largenton, M.Honour, B.Bosley, H.Foley, W.Trollope, R.Biggins, O.Biggins(c), H.Russell. Replacements: G.Carpenter, B.Purcell, M.Britton. Coach: N.Hill. Flag: N.Tucker. Physio: G.Davis.
This was another outstanding performance from a Clevedon side full of confidence and playing an exciting brand of 15 man rugby. On this bright but cold afternoon, Clevedon started with intent, asserting pressure from the set-piece and building momentum in the loose, resulting in an early Clevedon penalty converted by Kieran Hill. From the kick off Clevedon probed deep into the Kingsbridge half and after several phases of play captain Owen Biggins scored in the corner, converted by Hill for 13-0.
It was the fleet footed Hill who scored again when he dummied his way through the defence to score under the posts, which he then converted for 17-0. Clevedon were now in the ascendancy, both in the set piece and around the field, with backs and forwards working tirelessly for each other. However, Kingsbridge were in no mood for capitulation and made the Seasiders work for every yard they gained. Just before the break Clevedon scored again, through veteran Tom Thie who finished off a fine passage of offloading to touch down in the corner for 22-0 at half time.
The second half showed Kingsbridge mainly on the defensive but never giving up and Clevedon's midfield defence had to be alert to keep the visitors at bay. The introduction of Gary Carpenter and new boys Ben Purcell and Matt Britton made an immediate impact resulting in Harvey Russell going over the white wash, with Hill added the extras for 29-0. Powerful running from Clevedon forwards Largenton, Honor and Purcell allowed Clevedon to recycle the ball and after some slick handling Harry Butland out sprinted the Kingsbridge defence to go over in the corner for 34-0.
Clevedon were now on the rampage and after sustained pressure the outstanding Rory Biggins touched down and with Hill converting the scoreboard read 41-0. The next to score was debutant Brad Ashfield, who finished off another fine handling move by the Clevedon backs, again Hill added the points for 48-0. The final word aptly went to captain and MOTM Owen Biggins who led the team magnificently all afternoon as he scored his second try in the corner, Hill duly converted for the final score of the game for a 55-0 victory.
Next week, Clevedon are away to Chard. The coach leaves the club at 11:00 - all supporters are welcome for this trip to deepest Somerset. The seconds are at home to Bristol Harlequins.
Team: M.Lowis, T.Thie, C.Maslen, D.Ashfield, H.Butland, K.Hill, A.Vailes, B.Largenton, M.Honour, B.Bosley, H.Foley, W.Trollope, H.Russell, R.Biggins, O.Biggins(c). Replacements: G.Carpenter, J.Ford, B.Ashfield. Coach: N.Hill. Flag: N.Tucker. Physio: G.Davis.
This was a good win on a very blustery afternoon in Devon, Clevedon scored right from the off as Kieran Hill intercepted a pass just inside the Bideford half and cleverly offloaded the ball for Cameron Maslen to score under the posts, converted Kieran Hill 0-7. Moments later Bideford levelled the scores when a catch and drive from a lineout was poorly defended, resulting in converted try for 7-7, with just 5 minutes gone. The early exchanges were fierce with both sides trying to gain the upper hand but it was Clevedon who scored next with a long range penalty from Hill, 7-10. Once again Bideford hit straight back and after a passage of play the heavier home pack drove over to score an unconverted try to take the lead 12-10. The Seasiders now started to get into their stride, stretching the home defence and were soon rewarded with another penalty, which Hill converted to regain the lead 12-13. Bidefords cause was not helped when they had a player red carded for a spear tackle on young Harry Butland, Hill converted the resulting penalty for 12-16. Clevedon now had their tails up and started to play the style of rugby they are becoming accustomed to and good forward foraging led to captain Owen Biggins going in for a try, Hill added the extras for a 12 -23 lead. Clevedon then stretched their lead further when, after some strong driving play, quickly recycled ball allowed prop Brian Largenton to crash through a ruck to give Clevedon a 12-28 lead at the half time whistle.
The second half started with Clevedon stealing a scrum and, after some slick handling, Rory Biggins went in for an unconverted try for a 12-33 lead and the bonus point was in the bag. Bideford whose pack proved to be a handful all afternoon, would not lie down and came back with another driving try, converted for 19-33.The Clevedon back division, who looked dangerous all day, then worked good ball down the wing for Harry Butland to go in from 40 metres out, unconverted for 19-38. The Devonian hosts still hadn't given up and came back to again put the Clevedon defence under pressure but it held firm and Clevedon had the final say when a superb handling movement saw Rory Biggins go in for his second try, Kieran Hill converted for a final score of 19-45.
Head Coach Nick Hill commented "A bonus point win on the road is always good, particularly against a strong outfit like Bideford, it took us a little while to get into our stride but when did we showed what we are capable of. A great debut performance from Brad Ashfield."
Next week's game is at home to Kingsbridge for a 14:30 kick off and preceded by a lunch for Vice President's and sponsors. The seconds are at home to Castle Cary.
Team: M.Lowis, T.Thie, C.Maslen, D.Ashfield, B.Williams, K.Hill, A.Vailes, B.Largenton, M.Honour, B.Bosley, H.Foley, W.Trollope, H.Russell, R.Biggins, O.Biggins(c). Replacements: T.Statton, N.Tucker, C.Tucker. Coach: N.Hill. Flag: N.Tucker. Physio: G.Davis.
This battle between second and third was always going to be a thriller as it proved from start to finish. In front of a large crowd the evenly matched sides set about playing attacking rugby, the seasiders had the edge in the opening exchanges and after several passages of play Clevedon were awarded a penalty, duly converted by Kieran Hill. The Xmas break was evident early on as the seasiders tried to force the issue and poor decision making allowed Thornbury back into the game, a penalty kick for touch resulted in a catch and drive try from the visitors, not converted, for 3-5. This lifted the Thorns who pressurised the Clevedon defence, which was led stoically by the seasiders backrow of Biggins, Russell and Biggins. It was Clevedon who scored next with a Hill penalty for a 6-5 lead. Soon after Clevedon lost the services of Ben Williams through injury, replaced by 17 year old Charlie Tucker playing out of position on the wing. Although Thornbury had a slight edge in the set piece, Clevedon had the edge around the breakdown and it was Clevedon who scored next with a long range penalty from Hill for a 9-5 lead at the break.
For long periods of the second half Clevedon had the lions share of possession but the final pass, or poor ball retention let them down and it was against the run of play that saw a tackle missed in the midfield and Thornbury scoring a converted try under the posts, to take the lead 9-12. Clevedon pressed again and a Thornbury infringement and yellow card awarded Clevedon another long range penalty, which Hill duly converted to even the scores 12-12. The final 20 minutes saw play go from end to end until the Thornbury attack was intercepted on the 22 metre line by Charlie Tucker who ran 40 meters before passing the ball inside, which then went through several pairs of hands across the field before, to the delight of the Clevedon crowd, stalwart Tom Thie scored in the corner, Kieran Hill converted from the touchline for a 19-12 lead. In the dying seconds an attempted drop goal by Clevedon to deny Thornbury a losing bonus point, was charged down and a kick through by the visitors saw Clevedon frantically race back and the old head of Mike Lowis was there to save the day to bring to a close one of the best games seen at the Vale in many a year.
Next week's game is away to fifth placed Bideford with the coach leaving at 10:30. All support welcome. The seconds are at home to Wellington.
Team: T.Thie, B.Williams, C.Maslen, D.Ashfield, M.Lowis, K.Hill, A.Vailes, B.Largenton, M.Honour, B.Bosley, H.Foley, T.Statton, J.Ford, R.Biggins, O.Biggins(c). Replacements: J.Williams, H.Russell, L.Appleby. Coach: N.Hill. Flag: N.Tucker. Physio: G.Davis.
Clevedon's winning run continues with a superb 9 try victory away at Teignmouth. The Seasiders started well with the forwards outworking their heavier hosts and after several passages of play the ever reliable Tom Thie went over in the corner, Kieran Hill converted, 0-7. From the kick off Clevedon ran the ball deep into the Teignmouth half resulting in a penalty which Hill converted, the same player extended the lead further when another penalty was awarded minutes later for 0-13. From the restart Clevedon put together some impressive phases and quick recycling stretched the Teignmouth defence and Mike Lowis was denied a certain try when he was taken out on the line, as a result Clevedon were awarded a penalty try, converted by Hill, 0-20. Clevedon were in complete control and it was one way traffic, a well orchestrated line-out move enabled the backs to pierce the hosts defence and from some superb interplay Rory Biggins scored in the corner, Hill converted 0-27. Clevedon scored again when the outstanding Ben Williams finished a fine passage of play, involving both forwards and backs, 0-32 and a bonus point in the bag. The home team, although outclassed, never gave up and were rewarded with a try from a charged down kick, converted for 7-32. Just before the break Clevedon extended their lead to 7-35 from a Hill penalty.
From the restart any thoughts of a home team fight back were immediately dismissed when Cameron Maslen picked up a clever kick over the top to score his first try of the game, Hill converted for 7-42. Next up the imposing Dean Ashfield weaved his way through the Teignmouth defence to score under the posts, Hill converted to take the score to 7-49. Clevedon came under immense pressure for the next 10 minutes and had to dig deep to defend their line and after a series of penalties Clevedon were reduced to 14 men, after having a player yellow carded. This only served to inspire the Seasiders as they scored again through scrum half Ashley Vailes, who touched down after a 50 metre sprint, Hill converted, 7-55. Clevedon then broke from deep in their own half and a mazey from Ben Williams put Joe Williams over in the corner, 7-60. Still with a man down Clevedon scored again when Cameron Maslen touched down in the corner for his second try of the game, to bring up a final score of 7-66. Ashfield, Biggins, Williams, Thie and Cod-Lot Appleby, were all outstanding.
Head Coach Nick Hill commented 'Another very good win on the road, we are playing some of the best rugby seen from a Clevedon side for some time and credit must go to the players, to stand third in the league at Christmas, with only the league leaders on a better points difference, is very pleasing. But make no mistake its a total team effort on and off the pitch that makes this possible.,p>n behalf of the lads we'd like to thank everyone for their support and wish them a merry xmas'.
Clevedon are at home to Thornbury on the 7th January at 14:30. Thornbury are currently second in the league and a point ahead of Clevedon in third. If Clevedon are harbouring thoughts of a play off spot then this game will determine their fate. Make sure you're at The Vale on the 7th to enjoy this season defining match.
The seconds are away to Imperial in a fourth versus second clash and the Colts are away to Frome, kick off 14:30.
This tackle by Basher epitomises the committment and confidence that Clevedon have have these days. Six wins on the trot is testament to that. Merry Christams boys. Have a nice rest and be ready for the 7th.
Team: T.Thie, B.Williams, C.Maslen, D.Ashfield, M.Lowis, K.Hill, A.Vailes, B.Largenton, M.Honour, B.Bosley, W.Trollope, T.Statton, J.Ford, H.Foley, R.Biggins. Replacements: N.Tucker, J.Tucker, C.Tucker. Coach: N.Hill. Flag: N.Tucker. Physio: G.Davis.
On a wet and miserable day Clevedon produced some of their best rugby so far this season. The Seasiders dominated from the off and tremendous driving play from the forwards enabled the backs to cut holes through the Pethy defence and after several phases of play young Joe Ford, playing in the unfamiliar position of blindside flanker, cut through the Pethy defence to open the scoring, Kieran Hill converted. Within minutes Ford scored his second try after a great crash ball move, Hill converted for 14-0, with 10 minutes gone. Immediately from the kick off Clevedon pressed again and a swift handling movement saw the try line begging but it was ended with the final pass being intercepted and Pethy scoring a length of the field converted try, against the run of play, for 14-7. Undeterred Clevedon went sraight back on the attack and after some superb handling, that defied the conditions, Dean Ashfield bulldozed his way over for Clevedon's third try, again Hill added the points for a 21-7 lead. The Seasiders were now in total control in the set piece and out wide, which resulted in Pethy being penalised and Hill added to the scoreline with two penalties for 27-7. Just like the weather Clevedon were relentless and continued to press, Rory Biggins, a terrier all game, scored try number four, after good team play, Hill again converted, 34-7 and a bonus point in the bag with just 23 minutes gone. Just before the break the powerful Dean Ashfield scored his second try of the game and with the trusty boot of Hill adding the points, Clevedon went in to the break with a 41-7 lead.
The second half saw Pethy come more in to the game and they managed to keep Clevedon's scoring machine at bay, compared to the first half, but Clevedon's defence held firm and it was Clevedon who scored the first points of the half through Rory Biggins, Hill converted for 48-7. With 20 minutes to go history was made when Clevedon made changes which saw club stalwart Neil Tucker and both his sons Joe and 17 year old Charlie, who was making his first team debut, take to the field. Clevedon's final try saw Joe Ford complete his try hat-trick after a blindside break by Vailes, Hill added the extras for 55-7. Pethy never gave up and in the final minutes with light fading they were rewarded with a converted try for a final scoreline of 55-14.
Credit must go to the forwards who dogged it out for 80 minutes and the backs handling skills in atrocious conditions.The old heads Mike Lowis and Ashley Vailes relished the heavy conditions and Joe ford was outstanding.
Head coach Nick Hill commented 'This was our fifth win on the bounce with three scores over 50 points, but this was our most complete performance with backs and forwards in perfect unison, and its pleasing to see what we have worked on in the week coming to fruition. On a personal note it was a great pleasure to see Neil take to the field with his sons and this speaks volumes about the tradition of Clevedon RFC.'
Next Saturday, Clevedon are away to Teignmouth. The coach will leave at 11:00. The seconds are at home to Wells and the Colts also at home to Minehead, kick off 14:30.
Circumstances conspired to bring them together for this game after Jack Butland got injured during the warmup and Captain Owen Biggins was unable to play after tackling a shed fire in his garden. Thankfully, he's okay and was able to watch the match.
Team: T.Thie, M.Fisher, C.Maslen, D.Ashfield, H.Butland, K.Hill, M.Lowis, B.Largenton, J.Ford, B.Bosley, W.Trollope, T.Statton, H.Foley, R.Biggins, O.Biggins(c). Replacements: A.Vailes, L.Appleby, N.Tucker. Coach: N.Hill. Flag: N.Tucker/L.Appleby. Physio: G.Davis.
This was a battle between 3rd and 4th in the league and turned out to be a Christmas cracker. Clevedon took an early lead with a try by Cameron Maslen after a fine break by Dean Ashfield. Kieran Hill converted from the touchline. Newent soon hit back with a push over try, which was converted to level the scores. The game was end to end with multiple big hits being put in. Newent took the lead with a penalty, Hill replied then followed that with a dropped goal. Newent levelled with a penalty to bring the scores to 13 all at the break.
The second half saw Clevedon with the slope advantage and Hill kicked a penalty to put Clevedon back in front. Clevedon then suffered a blow when a chip out of defence by Hill was intercepted and Newent scored a converted try to lead 20-16. Newent then went further ahead with a penalty for 23-16. Clevedon now had their backs to the wall, but showed great team spirit, well led by captain Owen Biggins. Hill kicked a penalty for 23-19 and then put in a clever cross field kick to find Harley Foley lurking out on the right wing who gathered the ball to score for Clevedon to lead 24-23. In the final minutes Newent had a player sin binned, which gave the Clevedon pack the upper hand and Clevedon ended the game with two penalties from Kieran Hill, including one from his own half, for a hard fought victory on the road.
Head Coach Nick Hill commented "This was our best team win to date and the lads showed great maturity to close out the game with great performances from the Biggins boys and debutant Matt Fisher".
Next Saturday, Clevedon are at home to North Petherton for a 14:30 kick off. The Vice Presidents' luncheon will be at 13:30. Make sure you get there before Pottsy. No internationals this weekend, so no excuses for not coming down to The Vale to see the third placed 1st XV play their entertaining rugby. Chalky is the man to get the programme from.
The seconds are away to Old Bristolians and the Colts are away to Frampton Cottrell for the same kick off time.
Yeah, right! More like a pint if he was lucky.
In doing so, he broke a promise to himself that he would never play again, no matter what. He didn't exactly "If you see me playing again, then shoot me", but he was adamant that his time had come and a gentle stroll up the touchline every week was his new ambition.
That all went pear shaped when Clevedon were short of props (or is that props who are short?) and needed old short fat hairy legs to slap on the wintergreen and prepare for bench duty.
Tucks had a cameo 20 minutes and he played as if he hadn't been away, contributing to this impressive away win. A legend in the making I reckon.
Team: T.Thie, M.Taylor, A.Rice, D.Ashfield, H.Butland, K.Hill, M.Lowis, B.Largenton, M.Honour, B.Bosley, W.Trollope, D.Rawle, H.Foley, R.Biggins, O.Biggins(c). Replacements: C.Maslen, A.Vailes, J.Ford. Coach: N.Hill. Flag: N.Tucker. Physio: G.Davis.
Bridge (Over Troubled) Water !
This was a first class local derby with both sides opting to play attacking rugby, Clevedon took an early lead through a penalty from the boot of Kieran Hill. The visitors then equalised with a penalty of their own. It was Bridgwater who had the edge in the opening quarter and a quickly tapped penalty saw Clevedon asleep and the visitors crossed in the corner for a 3-8 lead. The first time Clevedon got good ball saw a superb handling movement in the backs and Aaron Rice go over for Clevedon's first try, converted by Hill for Clevedon to take a 10 - 8 lead. Just before half time a great break by Mike Lowis put captain Owen Biggins in for a try, which Hill converted for Clevedon to lead 17 - 8 at the turnaround.
The second half started with Clevedon increasing their lead when a drive by Brian Largenton saw Dean Ashfield go over for Hill to convert. From the restart Clevedon failed to look after the ball and Bridgwater capitalised with a converted try for 24-15. Clevedon were then under pressure and saw two players in the sin bin, the thirteen men defended superbly and Bridgwater only had one penalty to show for their efforts. It was then Bridgwater's turn to lose a man when their scrum half was red carded for giving the referee the benefit of his opinion, in fluent anglo saxon. Hill kicked the resulting penalty for 27-18. It was Clevedon who had the final say when a catch and drive at the lineout resulted in Owen Biggins scoring his second try. Hill added the points for a 34-18 bonus point win.
A good win in a good local derby.
Head Coach Nick Hill commented "The lads would like to dedicate this win to Dave Richards, former player, ex Chairman and avid supporter who sadly passed away this week. Dave was a true gentleman who will be sorely missed by all who knew him and our thoughts are with his family."
Next Saturday Clevedon are away to Newent for a 14:15 kick off. Coach leaves at 11:45.
Team: T.Thie, M.Taylor, A.Rice, D.Ashfield, H.Butland, K.Hill, M.Lowis, B.Largenton, M.Honour, B.Bosley, W.Trollope, L.Appleby, H.Foley, R.Biggins, O.Biggins(c). Replacements: G.Carpenter, A.Vailes, J.Ford. Coach: N.Hill. Flag: N.Tucker. Physio: G.Davis.
Clevedon came out of the starting blocks like a bat out of hell, scoring a try in the first few minutes with Dean Ashfield going over after a good handling movement. Kieran Hill converted.
Hill then increased the lead with two well struck penalties. At this stage it was one way traffic. A length of the field run by Harley Foley saw him brought down short of the linem but Brian Largenton was on hand to go over. Hill converted and then added another penalty.
Aaron Rice added to the score when he battled his way to the line. Hill again kicked the points.,/p>
A blindside move saw Harry Butland score in the corner and Kieran Hill with an ankle injury. Before the break Harley Foley dribbled his way to the line for a try. Mike Taylor converted.
Clevedon led 42-0 at half time.
The second half saw Matson get more into the game with the advantage of playing down the slope and Clevedon's defence was tested, but held firm. Taylor kicked two penalties to put the result beyond doubt.
Clevedon then used the bench only for young Joe Ford to leave the field shortly after with another ankle injury. The last try of the game went to Clevedon's pack, who were dominant all game and pressured the home pack to collapse and concede a penalty try, which Taylor converted with the last kick of the game.
There were good individuals performances from Owen Biggins, Mike Lowis and Lewis Appleby.
Head Coach Nick Hill commented "To nil a side at home is always impressive, the game was won by half time, but the lads didn't switch off and I was really pleased with the second half defensive performance."
Next Saturday Clevedon have Bridgwater at for 14:30 kick off with a VP's lunch at 13:130.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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)
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.
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)
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.
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)
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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. Coach: N.Hill. Flag: N.Tucker. Physio: G.Davis.
Clevedon played with the elements first half and took an early lead (minutes) through the boot of Kieran Hill. It was all Clevedon, but they could not cross the whitewash after meeting some stern Okehampton defence.
Clevedon increased their lead with a second Hill penalty on 18 minutes. The hosts got on the board with a penalty within two minutes, making the score 3-6 after 20 minutes.
Clevedon had ample possession throughout the firsdt half, but spilled too much ball and scoring chances went begging. Hill kicked a third penalty after 30 minutes and Okehampton kicked their second just before the break.
Clevedon playing into the elements, again had plenty of ball, but could do nothing with it. They started to struggle in the scrums and the lineout became a problem. Okehampton then drew level with another penalty at the 45 minute mark and had another chance three minutes later, which sailed past the right hand post, leaving thr score at 9-9.
The game now became a lottery and the hosts had the better of it. They kicked two more penalties in the 68th and 75th minutes to clinch victory, helped by Clevedon having a player in the bin. Despite the lack of man power, Clevedon finished the game attacking the Okehampton line, but could not break their resolute defence.
A good first home win for the newbies in the league, who were tickled pink, chuffed to bits and over the moon.
A bonus point for Clevedon who had six players under twenty making their debuts which will undoubtedly bode well for the future.
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.