1st XV Reports 2017 - 2018





Okehampton 46 Clevedon 7

21st April 2018

"Clevedon end tough season with another defeat"

Crunch: Captain Matt Honour's fancy dress...Crunch's photos are here and Weave's are here.

Clevedon finished a tough season with defeat, and will be playing in SW 1 League next season as a result of relegation.

This was the final game of the season and Clevedon's last game in SW 1 League as relegation will see them playing in Western Counties next season.

The Seasiders started well dominating the early stages and were denied several times with the line at their mercy, but it was Okehampton who opened the scoring with two easy penalties.

Once again Clevedon put the phases together, but a careless pass allowed Okehampton to run the length of the pitch to score a converted try.

Clevedon replied with a try of their own when Rhys Talbot scored a fine try which saw the powerful scrum-half handing off half of the Okehampton pack, converted by Adam Coles.

Back came Okehampton when some half-hearted tackling allowed them to score a couple of converted tries.

The second half was more of the same as Clevedon's pack got the edge on the home team, but breakaway tries and soft defence allowed the hosts to score three more. One positive was William Trollope whose willingness to bare all and run the extra mile was on view to everyone.

Head coach Nick Hill said: "It has been a tough season for everyone involved and I'm proud of the spirit the lads have showed now our focus is on building for next season."

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Clevedon 29 North Petherton 14

14th April 2018

"Clevedon back to winning ways with derby success"

Weave: Last home game hooking for Captain Matt Honour...

Clevedon got back to winning ways with an outstanding display in this derby encounter against North Petherton.

Clevedon put in an outstanding display to win this local derby against North Petherton.

Pethy, unbeaten in the last eight games, started well and although having the better of the opening exchanges they were met with a steely defence led by Rory Biggins, who put in bone-crunching tackles all afternoon.

The Seasiders put some decent phases together and scored first when John Potts broke through the ruck and sprinted a full 50 metres. Sadly the heavy conditions denied him inches from the line, but his offload saw Joey Tucker score an unconverted try.

The visitors worked hard to get back into the game, but were thwarted at the breakdown as the back row of Harley Foley, Charles Tucker and Jack Crewe were outstanding.

After the break, Clevedon recycled the ball well and a superb break from Cameron Maslen, who delayed the pass to put Ryan Hervey over in the corner, Tom Thie converted from the touchline.

Straight from the restart, the Seasiders were at it again when Thie executed a superb crossfield kick straight into the waiting arms of Foley to score a try, converted by Thie for 19-0.

Back came Pethy battering the Clevedon defence and were rewarded with a converted try. This seemed to spark them into action and the next 10 minute period belonged to them and with a Clevedon player in the bin, they scored another converted try for 19-14.

A scrum in the Pethy half saw Charles Tucker run hard down the blindside before offloading to brother Joey to score an unconverted try and the last word went to birthday boy Joey to complete his hat-trick of tries with a superb break down the blindside.

Head coach Nick Hill said: "It was great to finally get a home win, particularly on sponsors day in front of a large crowd, the lads were superb today."

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Newent 59 Clevedon 12

7th April 2018

"Oliver celebrates milestone with a try"

Oliver Jones 200 caps and counting...

Despite losing heavily, Clevedon's policy of giving youth a chance was in evidence, with eight players under the age of 20.

Clevedon's policy of giving youth a chance was in evidence as they fielded a team containing no less than eight players under the age of 20.

The Seasiders started well giving their forest hosts more than something to think about and made several promising breaks. The game fluctuated as both sides battled hard at the break down and it was 27 minutes until the first points were scored when the Seasiders missed a tackle allowing Newent to score a converted try.

This was soon followed by another converted try when the hosts' backline broke the Clevedon defence. Back came the Seasiders pressing deep into the Newent half and with only a metre from the line, they conceded a penalty and with backs turned Newent tapped and ran the length of the field to score a converted try and moments before the break, added another score to go into halftime 28-0 up.

After the break, it was Newent who started the better when excellent offloading enabled them to score two converted tries and effectively killing the game off as a contest, but this did not dampen Clevedon spirits and some determined forward play was rewarded when lively scrum-half Tom Thie touched down under the posts, converted by Adam Coles.

This only seemed to spark Newent back into action who replied with two more scores of their own. Then came Clevedon's second try when a Newent clearance kick was spectacularly caught in the air by Dave Burns, who beat his defender offloading to Oliver Jones who threw an outrageous dummy allowing him to run a full 35 metres to score a try with players hanging off him, celebrating his 200th game for the club. Newent had the last say with a try in the corner.

Head coach Nick Hill said: "Yes, it was a big score, but it could have been a lot more as the lads defended heroically."

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Clevedon 10 Keynsham 20

31st March 2018

"Game which could have gone either way"

Team: T.Phillips, R.Hervey, C.Tucker, C.Maslen, D.Burns, A.Coles, T.Thie, B Largenton, M.Honour, B.Bosley, O.Jones, W.Trollope, J.Crew, W.Taylor, H.Foley.
Replacements: T.Williams, D.Williams, J.Hervey. Coaches: N.Hill/C.Heal Flag: J.Durant

Ashley 300 caps Vailes on a run...

Another game that could have gone either way, was played on a heavy school pitch.

Clevedon started well, pressurising the Keynsham half and building momentum. They were rewarded with a try when the powerful Brian Largenten barrelled his way over the line, converted by Tom Thie.

The Seasiders pressurised the Keynsham line, but were denied on more than one occasion by poor handling or indecision. Keynsham hit back when a rare visit to the Clevedon half resulted in a converted try.

Once again, Clevedon pressurised the Keynsham line and with the home side on top in the set-piece it looked like only a matter of time until they scored again, but the ball was once again spilt over the line.

Against the run of play it was Keynsham who took the lead with a converted try to make the half-time score 12-7.

The second half started well for Keynsham with a converted penalty. With the conditions getting heavier, Clevedon battled tirelessly up front, but could not break the Keynsham defence.

In the last third of the game, Keynsham extended their lead when a fine handling move resulted in an unconverted try. The Clevedon pack had the last say with a pushover try from 25 metres, which was touched down by Dave Rawle.

Head coach Nick Hill said: "The day belonged to Ashley Vailes who played his 300th game for the club, a feat only achieved through loyalty and commitment, two qualities that are hard to find these days."

Next week, Clevedon are Newent away. The kick off off will be at 15:00.

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Clevedon 12 Matson 17

24th March 2018

"Clevedon suffer narrow defeat in basement battle"

Team: T.Phillips, R.Hervey, C.Tucker, C.Maslen, D.Burns, A.Coles, T.Thie, B Largenton, M.Honour, B.Bosley, O.Jones, W.Trollope, J.Crew, W.Taylor, H.Foley.
Replacements: T.Williams, D.Williams, J.Hervey. Coaches: N.Hill/C.Heal Flag: J.Durant

Young Adam Coles scores ...

Clevedon lost narrowly to Matson in a basement battle played out on a heavy pitch.

This was a hard-fought bottom of the table clash played out on a heavy pitch, which was a credit to both sides.

The early exchanges were even as both sides tried to build momentum in the boggy conditions and it was Matson who struck first with a converted try from a catch and drive at the line-out.

The Seasiders, who were always very much in this game, started to get the upper hand in the set-piece and enjoyed periods of possession which resulted in a fine try when Tommy Thie executed a fine crossfield kick which was well caught by Joey Tucker, who off loaded to Jonny Hicks to pass to Adam Coles to score a fine try in the corner, not converted.

The remaining third of the half saw Clevedon on top, but not being able to turn pressure into points. Matson led 7-5 at the break.

The second half saw more of the same as Clevedon controlled the set-piece and battered the Matson line and on the 60th minute were awarded a penalty, converted by Adam Coles to take the lead 8-7.

From the restart, Matson restored their lead when a handling move saw them score an unconverted try. Back came Clevedon who were now camped in the Matson 22, but could not get over the line and despite Matson conceding numerous penalties, the yellow card stayed in the refs pocket.

Against the run of play, Matson scored another try from a catch and drive to lead 17-8. The Seasiders had the last say with a try of their own through Warren Taylor with a 50-yard run to score in the corner.

There were fine games from the Tucker brothers and an excellent debut for 17-year-old Rory Mcguigan.

Head coach Nick Hill said: "The lads fought really hard and deserved more out of today, but as we have said before when you're at the wrong end of the table you just don't get the breaks."

Next week, Clevedon are at home to Keynsham for a 14:15 kick off.

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Launceston 49 Clevedon 12

10th March 2018

"Clevedon slip to defeat"

Team: T.Phillips, R.Hervey, C.Tucker, C.Maslen, D.Burns, A.Coles, T.Thie, B Largenton, M.Honour, B.Bosley, O.Jones, W.Trollope, J.Crew, W.Taylor, H.Foley.
Replacements: T.Williams, D.Williams, J.Hervey. Coaches: N.Hill/C.Heal Flag: A.N. Other

Cameron Maslen scores...

Despite being well beaten, Clevedon more than held their own in the second half, eventually going down 49-12 to the Cornish All Blacks.

With the recent heavy downpours, the Launceston pitch was very heavy, although this did not hamper the home side getting off to a flying start, scoring a converted try in the opening minutes with a break through the midfield.

This was followed with another converted try moments later when the Launceston forwards caught and drove over the line. Clevedon struck back when some excellent line-out play saw the ball pass through several pairs of hands before Tom Winnut scored an unconverted try.

Back came the All Blacks who always seemed to have the extra man, to score another four converted tries before the break to lead 42-5.

The second half was a much improved affair for the Seasiders who upped their game, the Clevedon pack started to get on top at scrum time and the line-out functioned well and without the ball some dogged defence was evident, with Danny Williams, Harley Foley and Ryan Hervey to the fore.

Clevedon went through the phases and built some pressure on the home side's defence, but on more than one occasion the slippery ball was dropped or lost in contact.

Clevedon lost the services of Tom Wingnut and Cameron Maslen due to injury and were replaced by debutants James Hervey and Tom Williams, who both performed well.

The Seasiders were finally rewarded for their hardwork when Oliver Jones scored from a catch and drive, converted by Adam Coles. In the dying moments the All Blacks scored their only try of the second half from a line-out, converted.

Head coach Nick Hill said: "That definitely was a game of two halves. We weren't at the races in the first-half and looked like we were just going through the phases. The lads could have just capitulated but they didn't, they got stuck in and deserved more from the second half performance. Tom Thie and Matt Honour led the lads superbly."

Next week, Clevedon are at home to Teignmouth for a 14:15 kick off.

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Clevedon 7 Drybrook 5

3rd February 2018

"Clevedon edge tight Drybrook encounter"

Team: J.Tucker, D.Burns, A.Coles, C.Maslen, T.Willis, T.Thie, A.Vailes, B.Largenton, M.Honour(c), G.Carpenter, W.Trollope, O.Jones, H.Foley, C.Tucker, H.Russell.
Replacements: O.Biggins, W.Taylor, R.Hervey. Coaches: N.Hill/C.Heal Flag: J.Durant

Weave: The winning try...

Clevedon hosted promotion-chasing Drybrook at The Vale and the heavy pitch was a great leveller as the home pack set about their counterparts, giving them a torrid time all afternoon.

It was clear from the first scrum the Seasiders had the upper hand, driving their opponents back and that set the tone for the entire game.

On the half hour, Clevedon took the lead again through the pack when, after a series of scrums, a penalty try was awarded earning them a 7-0 lead at half time.

After the break, Drybrook upped ante, testing the Clevedon defence for long periods of time, but once again they held firm with outstanding efforts from Adam Coles and Tom Wingnut.

With 10 minutes remaining a clever kick through resulted in an unconverted try for Drybrook. The final moments made for some frantic stuff as both sides searched for the killer blow and with a minute left on the clock Drybrook were awarded a penalty in front of the posts. Fortunately for Clevedon the kick went wide.

Head coach Nick Hill said: "I am really proud of the lads this afternoon, we had a game plan and they stuck to it. The missed kick at the end was the bit of luck we haven't had for a long time."

Read the honest Drybrook report here.

Next week, Clevedon are at home to Teignmouth for a 14:15 kick off.

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Thornbury 66 Clevedon 12

20th January 2018

"Seasiders not at the races in the first-half"

Team: T.Willis, J.Williams, A.Coles, C.Maslen, M.Fisher, T.Thie, R.Talbot, B.Largenton, M.Honour(c), B.Bosley, W.Trollope, O.Jones, W.Taylor, c.Tucker, H.Russell.
Replacements: B.Stone, J.Crew, D.Burns. Coaches: N.Hill/C.Heal Flag: N.Tucker

Crunch: Penalty try time...

On a heavy pitch and playing up the slope, Clevedon started poorly conceding a try off the first phase that Thornbury played.

To say that the Seasiders were not at the races may have been an understatement as Thornbury seemed to score at will, poor tackling and stray kicks did not help as Thornbury racked up 40 points by half-time.

The second half saw an improvement as Clevedon started to build momentum as the forwards drove well, ably marshalled by scrum-half Joe Williams and the Seasiders camped in the Thornbury half.

A turnover from Jack Crewe resulted in a penalty and Clevedon opted for the scrum which turned into a penalty try as they demolished the Thorns eight.

However, the signs of hope were soon diminished as loss of possession allowed Thornbury to increase the score board with two more tries.

Clevedon did manage another score when the impressive Harvey Russell drove over from a dominant scrum. The last few minutes saw poor tackling allowing Thornbury to add two more converted tries.

Head coach Nick Hill said "We simply did not turn up in the first-half and when you ship 40 points by half-time its always going to be an uphill task, that said we will keep battling."

Read the Thornbury report here.

Next week, Clevedon are away to Cullompton for a 14:15 kick off. The coach will leave at 11:30 sharp.

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Clevedon 27 Bridgwater 35

13th January 2018

"Almost, but not quite !!"

Team: T.Willis, M.Jordan, J.Tucker, C.Maslen, M.Fisher, T.Thie, R.Talbot, B.Largenton, M.Honour(c), B.Bosley, W.Trollope, O.Jones, W.Taylor, H.Russell, G.Carpenter.
Replacements: J.Crew, R.Hervey, B.Stone. Coaches: N.Hill/C.Heal Flag: N.Tucker

Weave: No.8 Gary Carpenter score Clevedon's opener...

From a spectators point of view this was an entertaining encounter that was pulsating right up until the final minute. A much improved Clevedon pushed Bridgwater all the way and deserved at least a bonus point out of the game. The opening exchanges were equal as both sides tested each others defences, but it was Bridgwater that opened the scoring with a catch and drive at the lineout resuting in a converted try.

The Seasiders came straight back recycling the ball and a midfield break saw the ball go through several pairs of hands that then allowed the powerful Gary Carpenter to score a try, converted by Tom Thie. From the restart Clevedon conceded a simple penalty which Bridgy converted. The next ten minutes were even with Clevedon edging the set piece battle, however a dropped pass saw Bridgy gain the ball and some soft tackling allowed them to score another converted try. Moments later Clevedon had a man sin binned and Bridgy converted the resultant penalty.

Just before the break Clevedon struck back with a catch and drive try from Gary Carpenter, converted by Tom Thie for Clevedon 14 - Bridgwater 20 at the break.

The second half saw more of the same as both sides tried to gain the advantage and it was Bridgy who scored the first points with another penalty, Tom Thie replied in kind with two penalties for Clevedon to bring the score to 20-23. Back came Bridgy with a well worked converted try and with 15 minutes left they scored another try for 20 -35.

Clevedon hit back with the power of the pack and forced Bridgy to concede a penalty try for 27-35. The last few minutes saw Clevedon in control and trying to earn a losing bonus point but sadly ran out of time.

Head Coach Nick Hill commented "The lads deserved at least a bonus point from this game but when you are at this end of the table the bounce of the ball and the 50/50 decisions seem to go against you".

Next week, Clevedon are away to Thornbury for a 14:15 kick off.

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Bideford 73 Clevedon 7

6th January 2018

"Clevedon Lose at Bideford"

Team: T.Willis, E.Poulter, J.Tucker, C.Maslen, D.Burns, J.Barzotelli, R.Talbot, B.Largenton, M.Honour(c), B.Bosley, W.Trollope, O.Jones, J.Crew, R.Hervey, W.Taylor.
Replacements: A.Jones, H.Jenning, B.Lias. Coaches: N.Hill/C.Heal Flag: N.Tucker

Weave: Joseph Tucker scores...

Clevedon, without players due to injury, illness and an unwillingness to travel tried their best, but going away with an understrength side does not help the cause.

Biddy took the lead almost immediately with a converted try. Moments later they increased their lead when a scrum on the Clevedon line lost the ball and Biddy scored a somewhat fortunate try, duly converted.

The Seasiders hit back and their first venture into the Biddy half saw them recycle the ball well, allowing Rhys Talbot to offload to Joe Tucker to score a good try, converted by the ever green James Barzotelli.

The Clevedon pack worked tirelessly pushing the Biddy pack back at scrum time, but their cause was not helped with the loss of No.8 Warren Taylor with a rib injury. Before the break Biddy scored two more try's converting one to lead 26-7 at halftime.

The second half followed suit with the seasiders battling, but sadly it was mostly one way traffic with Biddy scoring three more converted tries before the game was halted due to a serious injury to a Clevedon player.The game was held up for 20 minutes and with light fading the game was moved to another pitch. The seasiders now completely depleted were really up against it and conceded a further three converted tries. The dying minutes saw Clevedon brave on the line, striving to score a second try, but it was not to be.

Head coach Nick Hill commented "It was a very difficult afternoon and not easy on the eye, but I have nothing but praise for the eighteen players who represented Clevedon today and thanks for the supporters who made the trip.".

Next week, Clevedon are at home to Bridgwater for a 14:15 kick off, preceded by a VP's lunch.

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North Petherton 38 Clevedon 19

9th December 2017

"15 minutes from victory!"

Team: J.Tucker, T.Willis, T.Thie, J.Williams, D.Burns, A.Cole, A.Vailes, B.Largenton, M.Honour(c), B.Bosley, W.Trollope, O.Jones, W.Taylor, J.Crew, R.Hervey.
Replacements: J.Crichton, R.Talbot . Coaches: N.Hill/C.Heal Flag: N.Tucker

Weave: Joe Williams trots back back after his try...

Clevedon endured another tough afternoon, who for 60 minutes looked set for their first away win of the season, but alas it was not to be when the young side were out muscled in the final quarter.

The visitors, playing up the slope, started well recycling the ball and after 15 phases of play, involving every player, the versatile Joe Williams scored a superb try. Petherton came back strongly, applying pressure from their big forwards and were rewarded with a converted try in the corner.

The Seasiders once again applied pressure with excellent support play and only the ball being dropped over the line denied them of another try. The line-out functioned well and once again Clevedon's pack had the edge at scrum time, even though being lighter than their Somerset opponents.

Clevedon's young back row of Crewe, Hervey and Taylor were superb with and without the ball, tackling players twice their age and size.

Just before the break, Clevedon increased their lead when they executed a move straight off the training park for Tom Thie to score a try converted by Adam Coles to lead 12-7 at the break.

The second half started with the cruellest of luck for the Seasiders, when a fly kick that could have gone anywhere bounced badly, thwarting the Clevedon defence and gifting Pethy a converted try.

Now with their tails up, the big Pethy ball runners ran hard and strong and tested the Clevedon defence and in doing so were awarded a number of penalties, converting one to increase their lead to 17-7.

From the restart, Clevedon pressed hard into the Pethy half and after a series of five-metre scrums, they were awarded a penalty try to take the lead with only 16 minutes left on the clock.

The Clevedon faithful believed a win could be on, but Pethy had other ideas and once again ran their big bruising runners hard at the tired Clevedon and clocked up three late converted tries to close out the game.

Head coach Nick Hill said: "The lads deserved more, they battled hard for each other and can hold their heads up high and with a back row with combined ages younger than me, it bodes well for the future."

Next week, Clevedon are at home to Teignmouth for a 14:30 kick off.

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Matson 34 Clevedon 17

26th November 2017

"Difficult afternoon at Matson"

Team: T.Willis, J.Tucker, C.Maslen, T.Thie, D.Burns, A.Cole, J.Williams, B.Largenton, M.Honour(c), B.Bosley, B.Stone, W.Trollope, O.Jones, H.Holey, W.Taylor, H.Russell.
Replacements: J.Crew, R.Talbot, J.Crichton, R.Hervey. Coaches: N.Hill/C.Heal Flag: N.Tucker

Weave: Joe Williams scores the second of his two tries...

Matson away proved a difficult afternoon for Clevedon, who found themselves under pressure from the home side, but defended well, negating line-out drives and pushing their heavier counterparts back in the scrum.

Twenty minutes passed before the first score when a poor clearance kick allowed Matson to gain momentum, resulting in a penalty kick under the posts.

For the next 10 minutes, Clevedon kept the ball tighter, playing phases and applying pressure moving into the Matson half, but poor ball retention or a careless offload cost them.

This was the pattern until late in the half when a turnover resulted in chaos in the Clevedon midfield for Matson to score a converted try to make it 10-0 at half time.

After the break and from the first kick-off, Clevedon were reduced to 14 men when the referee adjudged the Seasiders had made a high tackle, Matson took advantage of the situation to score an unconverted try, 15-0.

The aggrieved Clevedon bounced back putting phases together and were rewarded with a penalty converted by Adam Coles for 15-3. Matson replied with a converted try of their own to lead 22-3.

Then to compound matters, Clevedon lost two players to injury. On the hour mark, the hard-working pack allowed the excellent Joe Williams to score a try from a five metre scrum, converted by Coles.

The try sparked a difference of opinions from both sides, resulting in Clevedon having a player sent off and one sin binned. Matson capitalised to score a converted try for 29-10. With 10 minutes left to play, 13-man Clevedon scored a try when Williams crossed the line again after another strong scrum, converted by Coles for 29-17.

Any hope of a bonus point was lost when Matson scored an unconverted try against the run of play to make the final score 34-17.

Team manager Neil Tucker said: "It was a tough afternoon. Where we are at the moment it seems that no decision or bounce goes our way, but tough it out we will and we'll be working hard in training again to put things right. A massive positive is to see so many of our young talented players coming through and having the opportunity to play first team rugby."

Next week, Clevedon are at home to fourth placed Newent for a 14:30 kick off and a 13:30 lunch.

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Clevedon 59 Burnham 7

19th November 2017

"Clevedon On Fire "

Team: T.Willis, J.Tucker, C.Maslen, T.Thie, M.Parslow, A.Cole, R.Talbot, B.Largenton, J.Crew, B.Stone, W.Trollope, O.Jones, W.Taylor, H.Russell, G.Carpenter.
Replacements: J.Crichton, R.Hervey, M.Fisher, A.Warren, O.Wilson. Coaches: N.Hill/C.Heal Flag: N.Tucker

Weave: Tom Willis scores at full stretch...

This was a welcome win for Clevedon in the Somerset cup tie. Both sides took this match as an opportunity to blood youngsters and made for some entertaining stuff. The Seasiders opened the scoring with a fine try from Mason Parslow converted by Adam Coles. From the restart Clevedon recycled the ball well allowing Cameron Maslen to break the Burnham defence and put young hooker Jack Crew in under the posts converted again by Coles. Clevedon went further ahead when forward pressure produced a penalty try at scrum time 21-nil. Burnham certainly came to play and were rewarded with a converted try after some good interplay. In the time left before the break tries from Joey Tucker and no8 Gary Carpenter increased the lead to 31-7.

The second half started the same as the previous 40 minutes with Mason Parslow finishing a fine handling move converted by Coles .Clevedons offloading was rewarded with another try shortly afterwards from Cameron Maslen, converted by Coles. The home side now rung the changes from the bench consisting of teenagers and it was replacement scrum half Adam Warren who sneaked over on the blindside for a try converted again by Coles. Cameron Maslen had the last say with and intercepted converted try.

Head coach Nick Hill "It was good to a get a win and gain some much needed confidence and being able to give the youngsters a chance to prove themselves is always pleasing".

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

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Clevedon 19 Launceston 21

11th November 2017

"Challenging times ahead"

Team: T.Willis, C.Maslen, T.Thie, J.Tucker, A.Cole, R.Talbot, B.Largenton, M.Honour(c), B.Bosley, W.Trollope, O.Jones, H.Foley, H.Russell, D.Rawle.
Replacements: J.Crew, G.Carpenter, B.Stone. Coaches: N.Hill/C.Heal Flag: N.Tucker

Weave: Ben Stone returns...

This was another game that got away from Clevedon, who were hit early on when a poor clearance kick was punished with a try which was converted.

Clevedon's defensive tackling was non existent and within minutes Launceston struck again when Clevedon's tackling let them down.

So 14 points down, Clevedon regrouped and got into the game and were dominant in the scrums and as a result scored a pushover try by Dave Rawle, converted by Adam Coles.

Clevedon were now in the ascendency and a line-out move saw Brian Largenton break to hand onto skipper Matt Honour to score in the corner, leaving Clevedon 14-12 down at the break.

The second half saw Clevedon well in control, but unable to score due to some stout defence from the visitors. The home side's scrummaging was their strength and after numerous scrums and penalties no yellow card was issued, but Joey Tucker managed to score in the corner. Coles converted with a superb kick to lead 19-14.

The last 10 minutes saw Clevedon defending stoutly, but Launceston had the last word with a disputed try which was converted for an away win.

Next week, Clevedon are at home to Burnham in a Somerset Cup quarter final. The kick off will be at 14:00, preceded by a lunch at 13:00. The Colts are also at home to Wisncombe in the Somerset Colts Cup.

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Keynsham 19 Clevedon 17

4th November 2017

"This loss hurts"

Team: T.Thie, T.Willis, C.Maslen, B.Williams, J.Tucker, A.Cole, A.Vailes, B.Largenton, M.Honour(c), B.Bosley, W.Trollope, O.Jones, H.Foley, J.Crew, D.Rawle.
Replacements: D.Burns, A.Davis, J.Butler. Coaches: N.Hill/C.Heal Flag: N.Tucker

Tom Thie scores Clevedon's first try...Photo by Cruncher Crane

Brian Largenton scores Clevedon's second try...Photo by Cruncher Crane

Joe Tucker scores Clevedon's third try...Photo by Weave

Clevedon slipped to another defeat, this time against Keynsham, a game the visitors could have won.

This was a very disappointing result for Clevedon, who probably deserved the win against Keynsham.

The hosts took the lead in the first minute with a converted try after an awful bounce evaded the Clevedon defence. The Seasiders got straight back into the game applying pressure deep into the Keynsham red zone, only to be deprived by dropping the ball on more than one occasion.

Keynsham increased their lead with a try that was dropped over the line, which was converted. The hosts, having only touched the ball twice were 14-0 up.

Back came Clevedon making huge inroads down the blindside and after a fine break from skipper Matty Honour, he offloaded for Tom Thie to score in the corner, not converted for 14-5.

Clevedons forwards had the edge in the scrums, but their usually reliable line-out left a bit to be desired. However, the driving play was good and it was from this that the Seasiders scored through Brian, converted by Adam Coles for 14-12.

Shortly afterwards Keynsham increased their lead when missed tackles in the midfield let them in for an unconverted try, for a half time lead of 19-12

The second half was much of the same with Clevedon having ample possession, but unable to score and after countless visits to the red zone, they were finally rewarded with a try from Joey Tucker, not converted for 19-17.

The last period saw Clevedon camped deep the Keynsham half, but unforced errors at the line-out and three missed penalty attempts saw them fall short at the final whistle.

Head coach Nick Hill said: "This was a bitter pill to swallow as we allowed them to score three soft tries and had more than our fair share of chances to win the game."

Next week, Clevedon are at home to Launceston for a 14:30 kick off, preceded by a lovely, luscious lunch at 13:30.

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Clevedon 24 Exeter University 31

28th October 2017

"Tough Battle At The Vale"

Team: T.Willis, D.Burns, T.Thie, C.Maslen, M.Parslow, A.Cole, A.Vailes, B.Largenton, M.Honour(c), B.Bosley, W.Trollope, O.Jones, H.Foley, C.Tucker, D.Rawle.
Replacements: J.Crew, M.Fisher, R.Hervey. Coaches: N.Hill/C.Heal Flag: N.Tucker

Tommy Thie opens Clevedon's scoring...

This was an entertaining game right from the start as both sides played expansive rugby. Clevedon had the better of the opening exchanges but went behind when a mistake in the Exeter half led to a long range try, duly converted. The Seasiders hit back almost immediately when a clever chip from Adam Coles was picked up for Tom Thie to score a converted try. Clevedon now put the league leaders under pressure, once again getting on top at scrum time and building momentum in the loose and they took the lead with an Adam Coles penalty for 10-7. In the closing minutes of the half and with Clevedon pressurising the Exeter red zone, the ball was intercepted enabling the visitors to score a converted try for a halftime score of 10-14.

The second half saw Clevedon with the wind behind them kicking long down field, the ball was caught and ran back with interest that resulted in a fine individual try, not converted. This seemed to spark Exeter into action and two more trys converting one and only some last ditch tackling from Clevedon's Tom Willis deprived them of more.

To all watching it would have been easy to think that was game over, however Clevedon had other ideas as the forwards put Exeter under a great deal of pressure at scrum time and after a succession of 5 metre scrums, Cameron Maslen scored a converted try. Moments later the Seasiders were at it again with another 5 metre scrum and great work from Ashley Vailes and Dave Rawle enabled Adam Coles to off load the ball for Cameron Maslen to score his second try, Adam Coles converted to secure a losing bonus point.

Head Coach Nick Hill commented "Apart from a 10 minute period in the second half when we went to sleep, the lads showed tremendous spirit and played some good stuff. We also showed that we may be at the wrong end of the table at the moment but no side will have it easy when they come to the Vale".





Drybrook 35 Clevedon 5

21st October 2017

"Battled All the Way !"

Team: J.Tucker, M.Parslow, T.Thie, C.Maslen, D.Burns, A.Cole, M.Fisher, B.Largenton, M.Honour(c), B.Bosley, W.Trollope, O.Jones, H.Foley, C.Tucker, G.Carpenter .
Replacements: J.Crew, B.Stone, j.Crichton. Coaches: N.Hill/C.Heal Flag: N.Tucker

Blaise lurking in the background...

After a difficult start to the season a trip to second placed Drybrook was never going to be easy for a much changed Clevedon side. With high winds and horizontal rain the Seasiders started well with an unconverted try for Blaise Bosley, after some good forward driving play. Drybrook replied with a try of their own, scored in a similar fashion, converted 7-5. For large periods Clevedon frustrated Drybrook, denying them any quality ball and once again out scrummaging their Forest opponents. Although the Seasiders had the lions share in the first half, they could not turn pressure into points making unforced errors in the red zones, but they did go into the break holding their high flying hosts to 7-5.

The second half saw Drybrook score almost immediately from the first play, when a failure to secure a kick led to a converted try. Drybrook now turned the screw scoring two more converted tries and for the most part camped in the Clevedon half, some tremendous tackling from Jack Crewe, Harley Foley and Matt Fisher kept the scoreline down. Only in the final minutes did Drybrook add two more converted tries.

Head coach Nick Hill commented "With us struggling at the bottom and a visit to the second placed side, you find out who really wants to play for Clevedon and the 18 players who made the trip battled all the way and showed tremendous grit, they were worthy winners but we gave them a hard game."

Read the Drybrook report here.

Next week, Clevedon are at home to Exeter University, (who seem to be doing a Hartpury) for a 15:00 kick off with the lunch at 14:00. The seconds are away to Bath Old Edwardians.





Clevedon 10 Cullompton 31

7th October 2017

"Scratching their heads"

Team: T.Thie, M.Parslow, B.Williams, C.Maslen, T.Willis, M, A.Cole, J.Williams, B.Largenton, M.Honour(c), B.Bosley, D.Rawle, O.Jones, H.Foley, H.Russell, A.Davis .
Replacements: W.Trollope, B.Stone, C.Tucker. Coaches: N.Hill/C.Heal Flag: N.Tucker

Clevedon on a high!...

Clevedon were left scratching their heads after another frustrating loss at The Vale. The seasiders dominated up front and enjoyed the lions share of possession, but still managed to finish up losing. On an overcast afternoon the Devonian visitors started well scoring a converted try after some good forward play. From the kick off Clevedon surged deep into the Cully half, playing phase after phase, but ended up losing the ball in contact, this ended up being the story of the afternoon.

The seasiders did manage to get on the score sheet with a penalty from Adam Coles, but Cully replied with a penalty of their own for 10-3. Clevedon now upped the ante, putting the Cully pack under pressure at scrum time and dominating possession for periods of time, but could not put the final pass together and their cause was not helped with the loss of Cameron Maslen with a head injury.

Cully increased their lead further when a Clevedon handling mistake allowed the visitors to ghost in unopposed beneath the posts for a converted try. Once again the Seasiders built momentum recycling ball, only to spill it or kick it away and Cullys third visit to Clevedon's half was rewarded with another converted try, when a loss of concentration and an inability to tackle, allowed them to score a converted try for 24-3 at halftime.

After the break the game followed in similar fashion with Clevedon pushing hard and gaining ground, but once again a rare visit to the seasiders half resulted in another converted try for Cullompton. To compound matters Clevedon then lost centre Ben Williams to a head injury. Now with two forwards playing in the backs Clevedon camped in Cullompton's half and only determined defence kept them at bay. However, the Seasiders did manage a try when debutant Mason Parslow sprinted 50 metres to score a try converted by Adam Coles for a final score of 10-31.

Head coach Nick Hill commented "I can't knock the effort the lads showed this afternoon. What we gave in commitment we lacked in execution, on another day we could easily have won.

Clevedon's next game is on the 21st October away to Drybrook for a 15:00 kick off. The 2nd XV are at home to Chew Valley.





Clevedon 19 Thornbury 25

30th September 2017

"Thorn in our side"

Team: T.Willis, T.Thie, B.Williams, C.Maslen, J.Tucker, A.Cole, A.Vailes, B.Largenton, M.Honour(c), B.Bosley, W.Trollope, O.Jones, R,Biggins, O.Biggins, D.Rawle.
Replacements: B.Stone, J.Vickers, W.Taylor. Coaches: N.Hill/C.Heal Flag: N.Tucker

Joey Tucker scores...

This was a very entertaining match that could have gone either way right till the final whistle. Clevedon started well when quick thinking Joe Tucker took a quick tap penalty to score near the posts, converted by Adam coles. Shortly after the same player increased the lead with a converted penalty, 10 nil.

The seasiders had the edge in the scrums. but the Thorns proved to be very strong in the line out driving department and it was through this that got on the scoreboard with a catch and drive to score an unconverted try. Clevedon's physicality was much more robust this week with the Biggins brothers leading the way with their no nonsence approach. However, the ability to look after the ball was once again punished when a sloppy clearance kick was caught and ran back with interest for Thornbury to score a converted try 12-10.

Back came the seasiders putting phases together in the Thornbury half and were rewarded with a penalty conversion by 17 year old Adam Coles . He then repeated the feat shortly afterwards, 16-12. Just before the break Thornbury closed the gap with a penalty of their own for a 16- 15 scoreline at halftime.

On the restart Clevedon increased their lead with a penalty from Coles. 19 -15. Clevedon's general play was much improved from last week, but their inability to clear the ball in their own red zone proved costly. Firstly, after a ball was charged down, it led to a penalty from which Thornbury tapped and went to score an unconverted try to lead 20-19.

Shortly afterwards they scored again after a poor kick was once again punished 25-19. The last ten minutes belonged to Clevedon as they battered the Thornbury line being held up on more than one occasion, but could not find the score needed.

Head coach Nick Hill commented "This was a good game of rugby that we could have won. The lads worked for 80 minutes and deserved more than a bonus point. I know we made a few careless mistakes that they capitilised from, but these mistakes will happen less when we have a settled side

Next Saturday, Clevedon 1st Xv are at home to Cullompton for a 15:00 kick off and preceded by a lunch at 14:00. The 2nd XV are away to Keynsham.





Bridgwater 41 Clevedon 22

23rd September 2017

"Just a bonus point"

Team: T.Thie, D.Burns, B.Williams, C.Maslen, M.Fisher, A.Cole, J.Williams, B.Largenton, M.Honour(c), B.Bosley, W.Trollope, O.Jones, H.Russell, H.Foley, A.Davis.
Replacements: J.Crewe, W.Taylor, J.Crichton. Coaches: N.Hill/C.Heal Flag: N.Tucker

Harvey Russell scores the third try...

Another loss on the road despite scoring 4 tries but it is the achilles heel of first up tackling, or lack of, that is taking its toll. Clevedon had a player yellow carded in the first minute which did not help their cause but despite this Clevedon had the lions share of possession and the better of the early exchanges, but could not turn pressure into points. Against the run of play Bridgwater took the lead with a converted try, this was improved when they won the race for the touch down after a kick ahead. Clevedon's forwards who had the upper hand all afternoon in the tight and set piece, scored from a 5 metre scrum when Joe Williams went over for a try, unconverted for 12-5.This quickly followed by a second try from another 5 metre scrum with Andy Davis going over in the corner, unconverted for 12-10 at half time.

The second half saw Clevedon playing down the slope and into the wind and poor tackling soon led to the hosts scoring three tries two being converted to take the scoreline to 29-10. Clevedon came back once again through their forwards with Harvey Russell going over in the corner from close range, unconverted 31-15. Bridgwater then kicked a penalty for 34-15. Clevedon replied again with another close range try after forward pressure saw Joe Williams go in for his second try, converted by Tom Thie for 34-22. In the final minute Bridgwater score a try from a quick lineout throw which was converted, for a final score of 41-22.

Head Coach Nick Hill commented "After having the lions share of possession and dominating them up front all afternoon, to leak 41 points is disappointing to say the least, we have worked really hard on our defence in training this week but its on a Saturday afternoon that you have to put it into practice and the desire wasn't there to do that today."





Clevedon 53 Bideford 31

16th September 2017

"Big Win At The Vale"

Team: T.Thie, J.Tucker, B.Williams, C.Maslen, M.Fisher, A.Cole, J.Williams, B.Largenton, M.Honour(c), B.Bosley, W.Trollope, O.Jones,H.Russell, H.Foley, A.Davis.
Replacements: J.Crewe, W.Taylor, M.Winter. Coaches: N.Hill/C.Heal Flag: N.Tucker

Ben Williams seals victory...

Clevedon recorded their first victory of the season with a thrilling win over previously unbeaten Bideford. The Seasiders gave a superb display of running rugby, ably led by skipper Matty Honour. On a sunny afternoon Clevedon started well with a try from Cameron Maslen, unconverted 5-0. Shortly after Clevedon were made to pay when some sloppy tackling allowed Bideford in for a try of their own, unconverted 5-5. Moments later a poorly fielded kick enabled Bideford to score a converted try, 5-12. The next 10 minutes were frantic as both sides tried to build momentum, the Clevedon line out functioned well and their scrum coped well against heavier opposition and it was from a scrum deep in the Bideford half that No 8 Andy Davis drove over to score, Adam Coles converted 12-12. Bideford came back applying pressure in the Clevedon red zone but from a fine turn over the ball went through several pairs of hands to the other end of the pitch, where Ben Williams offloaded for Tom Thie to socre, Adam Coles converted 19-12. A Clevedon kick was then poorly chased and Bideford capitalized to run through several players to score a converted try and equal the scores. Back came the Seasiders again from inside their own half and some fine interplay and offloading saw livewire Joe Tucker score, Tom Thie converted for 26-19 at the break and a bonus point in the bag.

The second half saw Clevedon up the ante, surging deep into the Bideford half and they were rewarded with another try when Harvey Russell went over from a line out for 31-19. Clevedon now looked like a more confident side working with great synergy. From a blindside scrum the ball was struck superbly allowing the explosive Andy Davis to sprint 40 metres and offload to the young Joe Williams to score in the corner for 36-19. From the restart a poor box kick was chased down and Bideford scored for 36-24. With their tails now up the Devonians pressured hard into Clevedon's half and were rewarded with a penalty try when a player was impeded off the ball, 36-31. With less than 20 minutes left and a man in the bin, Clevedon fought hard and after some impressive forward play Ollie Jones scored and Tom Thie added the extras for 43-31. Back to full strength with 8 minutes left on the clock, Clevedon put the game beyond reach when Ben Williams finished off a fine move, converted by Tom Thie. A penalty in the last minute of the game was converted by Tom Thie for a final score of 53-31.

Head Coach Nick Hill commented "it was great to get our first win of the season, the lads were rewarded for the hard work they had put in training last week, defensively we have improved although our kick chase let us down on a couple of occasions. We always looked dangerous with ball in hand and most importantly the team spirit and work ethic was superb, however we won't be getting ahead of ourselves and there is still a lot of hard work to be done.

Next week Clevedon firsts are away to Bridgwater for a 15:00 kick off. The seconds are at home to Old Bristolians.





Teignnmouth 55 Clevedon 24

9th September 2017

"A difficult afternoon in Devon"

Team: J.Tucker, M.Fisher, B.Williams, C.Maslen, T.Thie, A.Cole, R.Talbot, B.Largenton, M.Honour(c), B.Bosley, W.Trollope, O.Jones, J.Crewe, W.Taylor, H.Foley.
Replacements: G.Carpenter, D.Burns, J.Crichton. Coaches: N.Hill/C.Heal Flag: N.Tucker

Kev Weaver: Harley Farley on the charge...

A bonus point was all Clevedon had to show for after a difficult afternoon in Devon. The new look side is finding it difficult to build momentum with so many new faces in the team, however the Seasiders started brightly but unfortunately went behind to a converted penalty. The early exchanges were even but it was Teignmouth who scored again when some slack defence allowed them in for a converted try. Back came Clevedon who were rewarded for their efforts after Dave Burns went over in the corner after a solid scrum, unconverted for 10-5. Clevedon's llne out functioned well and they had parity in the scrum, but poor kicking and first up tackling allowed Teignmouth to score twice again to lead at the break 24-5.

After the break Clevedon were back on the scoreboard as Tom Thie finished off a fine passage of interplay to score under the posts, converted by Adam Coles for 24-12. The Seasiders were more than holding their own but a poor defensive kick allowed Teignmouth to score a try. Clevedon battled back with the outstanding Harley Foley leading the way and after a good period of possession Matt Fisher scored an unconverted try. Teignmouth then hit back with a try of their own to increase the lead. Into the final 3rd of the game and a Clevedon player in the bin Teignmouth used their numerical advantage to score 3 more tries, 2 converted. With minutes left on the clock the impressive Joey Tucker scored Clevedon's 4th try, securing a bonus point, converted by Adam Coles. The signs of a revival are there despite the defeat and if the tackling improves so will the results.

Next week Clevedon firsts are at home to Bideford for a 15:00 kick off, preceded by a lunch at 14:00. The seconds have a free weekend.





Clevedon 17 Okehampton 34

2nd September 2017

"Not Our day..."

Team: J.Tucker, M.Winter, B.Williams, C.Maslen,T.Thie, A.Cole, J.Williams, B.Largenton, M.Honour(c), B.Bosley, W.Trollope, O.Jones, J.Ford, H.Foley, H.Russell.
Replacements: A.Jones, J.Crewe, M.Fisher. Coaches: N.Hill/C.Heal Flag: N.Tucker Ref: Craig Pocock

Kev Weaver: Debutant Adam Cole scores his try...

Clevedon fielding a young inexperienced team gave a sound performance bearing in mind that 10 of last seasons team have departed. A shoulder injury in the 1st minute to Joe Ford was not the start that Clevedon wanted but it gave the opportunity for Jack Crew, a last years colt to make his debut and was one of the leading lights. Okehampton took an early lead with a good try wide out but Clevedon soon hit back with a penalty by Adam Cole the new 17 year old fly half. After a period of sustained pressure Clevedon then took the lead when debutant Adam Cole went over for a try from close range which he duly converted for 10-5. Clevedon continued to press but good defence by the visitors kept them at bay. On the stroke of half time, against the run of play, Okehampton took the lead with a try from close range which was converted for 10-12.

The second half was much the same to start with but Clevedon conceded an early penalty for the visitors to extend their lead to 10-15. The Seasiders never gave up and built pressure in the oaks half but on more than one occasion poor ball retention let them down and it was Okehampton who scored again when they capitalised on a lost Clevedon lineout and sloppy defence led to a converted try. Back came Clevedon when the outstanding Cameron Maslen intercepted a pass to race in under the posts fand Adam Cole again converted for 17-22. With a third of the game still to play Clevedon appeared to run out of steam and allowed Okehampton to clinch the victory.

Head Coach Nick Hill commented "The score line flatters them a little, we were in the game for 60 minutes but fell away conceding some soft tries. Its a period of transition at the moment, with a new look side of youth and experience and we are probably a few weeks behind where we would like to be but we will be working hard to build on the positives".