"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.