"A festival of tries at Cheltenham"
Team: Jordan Mein, Ali Balcombe, Adam Coles, Ashley Vailes, Ryan Hervey, Tom Thie, Rhys Talbot, Brian Largenton, Matt Honour, Blaise Bosley, Ben Chase, Ollie Jones, Luke O'Brien, Toby Ford, Charlie Tucker. Replacements: Jack Fowler, Dave Burns, Jack Crew. Acting Coaches: Neil Tucker/John Vickers. Flag: Neil Tucker.
The Clevedon boys were back on the road this week looking for that elusive away win, having not won away since the opening game of the season. With the autumn sun glistening down on the new pitch the seasiders looked resplendent and ready for action in the blue and gold of Clevedon !
On a dry windy day on a superb artificial playing surface Clevedon's young braves showed what they were capable of and what the loyal supporting fans wanted to see.
Cheltenham took an early lead with a penalty, but this did not phase the young Seasiders as they pushed hard and started to penetrated the Cheltenham defence.
Clevedon's structured game plan for playing into the wind soon took effect when running out of defence rather than kicking saw fleet footed fullback Jordan Mein show a fine turn of pace to score under the posts which he also converted.
Cheltenham's big pack hit back with a forward drive that resulted with a try of their own but this only spurred Clevedon on stringing together several phase's keeping the ball in hand and running the ball at every opportunity, with the young back line guided by Tom Thie and Ashley Vailes they ran riot, with Adam Coles in Sparkling form in the centre. This constant pressure resulted in a Clevedon line out and cunning captain Matthew Honour used his experience to throw a short ball to Toby ford who race a full 50 yards to score Clevedons second try.
Clevedon were now in the driving seat probing the opposition with their direct approach and forceful running, this allowed Clevedon's own Welsh Wizard Rhys Talbot to release quick ball for Ali (Sand Wedge) Balcombe to score a try after some slick handling.
The seasiders continued to dominate the first half and with their back row in fabulous form Charlie Tucker, Toby Ford and Lewis O'Brien kept Cheltenhams attacks to the bare minimum. Again the visitors pushed on and the impressive Jordan Mein scored a second try which he in turn converted just before the break, although the final say of the half went to the host's, Cheltenham's pack picked and drove to the line to score their second try which was then converted.
The second half saw Clevedon change their game plan as they were now playing with the wind and some fine searching kicks into the oppositions half did create chances but the host's clawed their way back and started to dominate the early stages but it was not long before Clevedon clicked back into gear through Tom Thie who marshalled from behind the scrum bobbed and weaved his way through the defence to score Clevedons 5th try which Jordan Mein converted.
Clevedon's forwards with the wind at their backs started to take control with Brian Largenton, Blaise Bosley and Oli Jones prominent in all of the attacks getting in behind Cheltenham and penetrating their defence.
Clevedon's next try came from Ashley Vailes as he used his fast footwork to evade the oncoming tacklers to cross for a fine try, sadly no conversion to compliment this great team try.
Clevedon's final and 7th try came from a driving line out which saw the leaping Ben Chase reach out for the ball, gather it in and transfer to Man of The Match Charlie Tucker who then drove the ball to the line to score which was converted by Mein.
The last say went to Cheltenham who on the final whistle scored a consolation try.
Acting coach Neil Tucker said, "This was a much improved performance from a young developing squad, I am very proud and pleased of how they all performed today"
Next week, Clevedon have a wee cough to watch the England game in the clubhouse.
"Clevedon fall short"
Team: Jordan Mein, Ali Balcombe, Adam Coles, Fakoya Tyrell, Ryan Hervey, Tom Thie, Ashley Vailes, Brian Largenton, Matt Honour, Blaise Bosley, Ben Chase, William Trollope, Luke O'Brien, Toby Ford, Charlie Tucker. Replacements: Ben Stone, Connor Browne, Joe Tucker. Coaches: Nick Hill/Chris Heal. Flag: Neil Tucker.
Clevedon fell just short against Barton Hill, with wrong options and poor decisions letting them down at the vital time.
This proved a frustrating afternoon for Clevedon on a cold wet day.
The Seasiders totally dominated the first half, but just could not get over the line. From the start, Clevedon's dominance in the set piece was evident and they recycled ball well, but unfortunately wrong options and the final pass let them down.
Such was their dominance it took Barton Hill 30 minutes till they paid a visit to the Clevedon half where they were rewarded a penalty to take the lead.
The second half saw the visitors gain in confidence and Clevedon becoming frustrated, the Barts pack now began to get on top with their 10-man style rugby and to add to Clevedon's woes any possession was either lost or knocked on which gave Barts numerous chances to launch attacks and it led them to score a converted try.
Clevedon's heads did not drop and they drove deep into the Barts half creating chances, but again poor support and the final pass denied them a score.
With 10 minutes to go, Clevedon's determination was rewarded when Joe Tucker's quick tap penalty put Tom Thie over for a try, converted by Jordan Mein.The Seasiders spent the last few minutes in the Barts half, but failed to add to the score.
Next week, Clevedon are away at Cheltenham for a 14:30 kickoff.The coach will leave at 11:30.
"Early Christmas Gifts"
Team: Ali Balcombe, Matt Fisher, Ashley Vailes, Adam Coles, Fakoya Tyrell, Tom Thie, Rhys Talbot, Brian Largenton, Matt Honour, Blaise Bosley, Ben Chase, William Trollope, Luke O'Brien, Toby Ford, Charlie Tucker. Replacements: Ben Stone, Rob Holbrook, Connor Browne. Coaches: Nick Hill/Chris Heal. Flag: GRFU.
Clevedon's poor away form continued with a disappointing defeat at Avonmouth.
On a sunny afternoon and on a firm pitch both sides tried to play running rugby. However, an inability to look after the ball meant that any line breaks or worthwhile attacks were squandered by poor handling or unforced offloads.
The first half was very much a stop start affair as the referee's interpretation of the laws had everyone scratching their heads and when the game did flow both sides failed to put any real chances together.
Finally, on the stroke of halftime the deadlock was broken when Clevedon's Adam Coles converted a penalty. Halftime Clevedon led 3 nil.
After the break, the seasiders upped the ante with sustained pressure in the Avonmouth red zone, but once again unforced errors and stupid offloads foiled any chances of crossing the line, but they were rewarded with a penalty duly converted by Coles to increase the lead.
Cue the self destruct button as the next 5 minutes saw Avonmouth score two converted tries courtesy of Clevedons offloading, 14-6.
The seasiders heads did not drop as they battled back into the game and pressure at defence time forced an interception try for Adam Coles, which he converted for a 14-13 scoreline.
The last third of the game saw Clevedon with the lions share of possession, but poor line out execution denied them and their superiority at scrum time was not rewarded by the referee.
In the final minutes Avonmouth secured victory with a penalty.
Head coach Nick Hill commented "Once again we plucked defeat from the jaws of victory. It feels like one step forward and two steps back at the moment. Our inability to look after the ball cost us today".
Next week, Clevedon are at home to Barton Hill for a 15:00 kickoff. Lunch will be served beforehand at 13:30.
"Big Win At the Vale"
Team: Jordan Mein, Ryan Hervey, Fakoya Tyrell, Adam Coles, Will Fisher, Tom Thie, Ashley Vailes, Brian Largenton, Matt Honour, Blaise Bosley, Ben Chase, William Trollope, Charlie Tucker, Toby Ford, Harvey Russell. Replacements: Ben Stone, Jack Fowler, Connor Browne. Coaches: Nick Hill/Chris Heal. Flag: Neil Tucker.
Clevedon welcomed the previously unbeaten Stroud to the Vale and over the next 80 minutes systematically took them apart.
The seasiders started well and their forward dominance was on show early as Harvey Russell scored from a push over try, converted by Jordan Mein.
Straight from the restart Clevedon were at it again when some superbly recycled ball resulted in Tom Thie busting the line to score converted by Mein.
The next third of the game saw the seasiders trying to play too much rugby and forcing the issue with stray passes and careless kicks. However, their dominance, not just at setpiece but in the loose, was rewarded when Ryan Hervey finished off a fine handling move.
From the visitors point of view, visits to the Clevedon half were met with excellent line speed and first up tackles and at halftime Clevedon led 19-0.
After the break, Clevedon settled into the job in hand and put some superb rugby together. The dominance up front provided excellent ball for the backs to play some exspansive rugby, resulting in Tom Thie going over for his second try. Next on the score sheet was Tyrell Moneyman when some superb offloading saw him score in the corner, unconverted and 29-0 lead.
From the kick off Stroud reclaimed the ball and recycled to score an unconverted try 29-5.
Back came the Seasiders with some powerful forward surges and Toby Ford scored under the posts, converted by Mein.
Clevedon moved further ahead when Jordan Mein finished off a slick handling move to score in the corner for 41-5. The Seasiders final score came when Ashley Vailes took a quick tap penalty to score under the posts, converted by Mein for 48-5.
The last play of the match saw Stroud score a late consolation try for a 48-12 final scoreline.
Head coach Nick Hill commented "This was our best performance to date. The set piece and breakdown were excellent allowing us play some good go-forward rugby, but whilst this is a great result, we won't be getting ahead of ourselves".
"Kicks just not enough !!"
Team: Jordan Mein, Ryan Hervey, Fakoya Tyrell, Adam Coles, David Burns, Tom Thie, Rhys Talbot, Brian Largenton, Jack Crew, Blaise Bosley, Ollie Jones, Charlie Tucker, William Taylor, Toby Ford, Harvey Russell. Replacements: William Trollope, Jack Fowler, Ashley Vailes. Coaches: Nick Hill/Chris Heal. Flag: Neil Tucker.
"Clevedon The Poor Relation At Richians"
Clevedon's away form was brought into question with a game they should have won. Too many conceded penalties and an inability to look after the ball was the order of the day.
The seasiders started well, putting phases together and pressurising the home sides red zone and looked odds on to score, but the final pass was dropped just before the line.
The next twenty minutes saw Clevedon trying to build momentum, but any meaningful line breaks were scuppered out by poor ball retention at the breakdown, which led to conceding needless penalties.
Richians first real attack resulted in a score when a mix up in Clevedons midfield allowed the hosts to score a converted try. Clevedon then replied with a penalty from Jordan Mein.
The last third of the half saw Clevedon camped in the Richians half and two more penalties from Mein took them into a 9-7 lead at the break.
The second half started with Clevedon on the attack and in the space of 5 minutes they had two clear cut chances, but once again the final pass denied them. It was the hosts who scored when a stolen lineout ball led to a soft try, converted for a 14-9 scoreline.
The introduction of the slim line Ashley Vailes seemed to pay off as quick thinking at penalty time saw him offload to Tom Thie to score under the posts converted by Mein ,16-14.
moments later Mein added another penalty to stretch the lead to 19-14. Richians hit back with a try when poor defence at the scrum saw the hosts no8 cruise in unopposed for an unconverted try, 19-19.
They then increased the lead with a penalty and another converted try. With seconds left on the clock Jordan Mein secured a losing bonus point with a well struck penalty.
Head coach Nick Hill commented "This was game we should have won. We created good scoring chances, but didn't finish them, which led to frustration and a lack of execution at the set piece didn't help matters."
Next Saturday, Clevedon are at home to Stroud for a 15:00 kick off and the usual pre-match lunch.
"Wet, Wet, Wet"
Team: Jordan Mein, Ryan Hervey, Fakoya Tyrell, Adam Coles, Matt Fisher, Tom Thie, Rhys Talbot, Brian Largenton, Jack Crew, Blaise Bosley, Rob Holbrook, Charlie Tucker, Rory Biggins, Toby Ford, Harvey Russell. Replacements: Ben Stone, Jack Fowler, Joey Tucker. Coaches: Nick Hill/Chris Heal. Flag: Neil Tucker.
On a rainy afternoon Clevedon played some exciting rugby. The new look Seasiders, with a host of youngsters on show, started well and the quality ball they craved for last week was there from the start as they dominated the breakdown and scored early on when winger Matt Fisher touched down in the corner.
Clevedon moved further ahead when some superb support play was finished of by Harvey Russell, converted by Jordan Mein.
From the restart Clevedon were penalised for a dangerous tackle and for the fourth week running found themselves with a man in the bin. This only seemed to galvanise them and after a period of determined defence the Seasiders scored again, when some good offloading saw Tyrell Fakoya score under the posts, converted by Mein.
Moments later Clevedon's pack, who were dominant all afternoon, scored an impressive push over try, touched down by debutant Rob Holbrook. Just before the break Old B's, with a rare visit to the Clevedon half, were rewarded with a try of their own. Halftime Clevedon were 24-5 up.
The second half was much the same as Clevedon put the phases together and next on the score sheet was the lively Joe tucker converted by Mein. Minutes later a strong break from Charlie Tucker saw his pass finished by his brother Joe for his second try, converted by Mein. Further tries from the outstanding Adam Coles and Jack Crewe sealed the victory with Mein converting one.
Head Coach Nick Hill commented "This was a much needed win and confidence booster - we made some changes in our line up and the lads responded well."
Next Saturday, Clevedon are away to Old Richians. The coach leaves at 11:30 for a 15:00 kick off.
"More Like Mid-Winter"
Team: Jordan Mein, Mitchell Jordan, Fakoya Tyrell, Grant Cherrington, Matt Fisher, Adam Coles, Tom Thie, Brian Largenton, Matt Honour, Blaise Bosley, Ben Chase, Oli Jones, Charlie Tucker, Toby Ford, Harvey Russell. Replacements: William Trollope, Ryan Hervey, Jack Crew. Coaches: Nick Hill/Chris Heal. Flag: Neil Tucker.
A disappointing display made for an uncomfortable afternoon for Clevedon away at Midsomer Norton.
The Seasiders started well early on, playing phases and stretching the home side. After moving the defence from side to side Toby Ford scored a fine try unconverted 0-5.,/p>
Moments later a Clevedon player was binned for a questionable high tackle and from the penalty the host's bigger pack scored an unconverted driven try, 5-5.
From the kick off, Norton drove deep into the Clevedon half and once again their forwards scored under the posts 12-5.
Clevedon had parity in the set piece, but the breakdown was a different matter as they struggled to create any fast ball for the backs to attack out wide. When they did manage to stretch the home side the ball was either dropped or turned over.
However, on the stroke of half time Clevedon recycled the ball well and Skipper Matt Honour went over in the corner for an unconverted try for a half time score of 12-10.
Clevedon started the second half playing up the slope and found it very hard battling against the Norton pack who drove hard both in the loose and at line outs. As unattractive as it was, it was certainly effective as they scored three more converted tries.
As for Clevedon, their inability to create go forward ball meant any meaningful attacks were scarce and the final whistle couldn't come soon enough for some dejected heads.
Nick Hill commented "This was a very disappointing performance. All credit to Norton who took their chances very well, but this was aided by us playing into their hands and getting sucked into a forward battle we couldn't win. Without any good ball it's always going to be hard work".
Next Saturday Clevedon are at home to Old Bristolians. The kick off is at 15:00 and is preceded by the usual fun and frolics, commonly known as the Vice Presidents' Luncheon.
"Difficult day at The Vale"
Team: Jordan Mein, Mitchell Jordan, Fakoya Tyrell, Grant Cherrington, Dave Burns, Adam Coles, Tom Thie, Brian Largenton, Matt Honour, Blaise Bosley, Ben Chase, Dave Rawle, Owen Biggins, Toby Ford, Charlie Tucker. Replacements: Rhys Talbot, Ryan Hervey, Oli Jones. Coaches: Nick Hill/Chris Heal. Flag: Neil Tucker.
The two sides relegated from South West One last season clashed again when Gloucester side Matson visited the vale.
Matson started well putting the Seasiders under pressure at tackle time and forcing turn overs and from a penalty kick to touch the Matson pack caught and drove over the line to score an unconverted try.
Clevedon put some phases together but failure to clear the breakdown resulted in another penalty which the visitors duly tapped and ran the length of the field to score a converted try.
With 15 minutes gone and 12 nil down it didn't look good for Clevedon. Matson piled on the pressure and a wide pass meant for their winger was suddenly intercepted by the eagle eyed Desmond Burns who ran the length of the field to score a try, converted by Jordan Meins.
This seemed to fire Clevedon into action and from a steady scrum the ball was passed to Grant Cherrington, whose barnstorming run and pass allowed Owen Biggins to score a converted try 14 - 12. The Seasiders had the edge in the scrums, but their failure to deal with Matson's driving line out resulted in another try, unconverted.
The Seasiders were finding space and after some good phases Brian Largenton scored an unconverted try to go into half time 19 - 17 up.
Early into the second half Matson were awarded a penalty which they converted for a 19-20 lead. For the next 20 minutes both sides battled hard and cancelled each other out. The turning point came in the last quarter when a Clevedon player was sin binned and the Gloucester side took advantage to score a converted try and with minutes remaining and Clevedon chasing the game a momentary lapse of concentration allowed the visitors to score another converted try to close out the game 19 -34.
Head coach Nick Hill commented "The score line flatters Matson as we were right in it till a couple of lapses allowed them in. However, it's early days and we have a few new faces and combinatons and it's a case of finding our feet, but we know we will get better. Man of the match was Toby Ford.
Next Saturday Clevedon are away to Midsomer Norton for a 15:00 kick off.
"Clevedon start the season with derby success"
Team: Jordan Mein, Mitchell Jordan, Fakoya Tyrell, Grant Cherrington, Matt Fisher, Adam Coles, Tom Thie, Brian Largenton, Matt Honour, Blaise Bosley, Ben Chase, Oli Jones, Owen Biggins, Rory Biggins, Dave Rawle. Replacements: Charlie Tucker, Ben Stone, Warren Taylor. Coaches: N.Hill/C.Heal. Flag: SRFU.
Clevedon start the season with derby success
Clevedon started the new season with an excellent victory over near neighbours Gordano.
Clevedon met their close rivals Gordano for the first time in league history with the Sharks being newly promoted and the Seasiders relegated meant for an entertaining afternoon.In front of a large crowd the game started well with both sides keen to gain the upper hand and it soon became apparent that the superior strength in the Clevedon pack was matched by Gordano's dangerous back line.
The Seasiders opened the scoring with a well-struck penalty from Adam Coles. Clevedon moved further ahead when a well rehearsed back row move resulted in Coles scoring under the posts and then converting himself.
The visitors increased their lead with a catch and drive from the forwards that saw Dave Rawle score an unconverted try for a 15-0 lead.
Any thoughts of Clevedon running away with the game were soon cancelled out as the Sharks' young back line scored an excellent try out wide through Jack Last. Gordano started to gain momentum and with Clevedon with a man in the bin they scored again when a poor clearance kick was ran back with interest to score a converted try by Noah Homes-McAdams 12-15.
On the stroke of half-time Jordan Mein kicked a penalty to give Clevedon an 12-18 lead.
The second half started off just as physically as the first and Clevedon's decision to keep the ball tight paid off when a powerful drive from the forwards saw Brian Largenton go over the white wash, converted by Coles.
Moments later the Seasiders increased their lead with another well-worked try converted again by Coles. Back came the Sharks with a converted try of their own by Scott Magrath for 19-32, but any hopes of a comeback were cancelled out with a Clevedon penalty.
The last say went to Ben Chase who crossed for an unconverted try to make the final score 19-40.
Head coach Nick HIll said: "It was a great day for local rugby with a bumper crowd and the game lived up to it although the score line looks convincing, Gordano were right in it up until the last third, their backs were very lively and looked dangerous every time they touched the ball - on this showing both sides look capable of competing well in the league."
On Saturday, Clevedon are home to Matson (3pm), with a vice-president's lunch at 1.30pm.