Team:Jordan Mein, Ryan Hervey, Lewis O'Brien, Adam Coles, Mitchell Jordan, Tom Thie, Ashley Vailes, Bryan Largenton, Matt Honour(c), Blaise Bosley, Warren Taylor, William Trollope, Toby Ford, Harvey Russell, Dave Rawle. Replacements: Matt Fisher, Ollie Jones, Tyrell Fakoya. Coaches: Nick Hill. Flag: Neil Tucker.
This was a disappointing result after two previous victories.
Cheltenham applied the early pressure, but Clevedon's defence held firm. Clevedon again were dominant in the srums as were Cheltenham in the linesout.
Clevedon took the lead with a penalty by Jordan Mein. The lead was increased with his second penalty.
On the stroke of half time Cheltenham scored a try from a catch and drive at the lineout. Clevedon led 6-5 at the break.
The second half saw Cheltenham take the lead from the restart with a try in the corner.C levedon had chances and moved the ball well on occasions, but Cheltenham made many try saving tackles.
Cheltnham scored a well engineered try to go over under the posts.T his was converted.
Cheltenham then struck again with a converted try.
At the final whistle Clevedon were still battling away, but to no avail.
Clevedon are away next week to league leaders Chew Valley for a 14:30 kick off.
Clevedon Saxons won promotion on Saturday with a thrilling win over local rivals Yatton, in a gripping derby.
Saxons led by Ollie Wilson and James Barzotelli, have secured promotion from the Tribute Somerset North 3 league, having only lost one game all season and have led the league since late November 2018.
Nick Wilson, manager, was proud as punch in his team's achievement and full of praise for the character, desire and performances put in by the team over the season. These lads capitalised from the previous season and remained together as a team which has been a major attribute to their success, along with hard work and guidance from the coaches, Nick Hill and Neil Tucker.
John Pearce, in his final game, gave a positive and heart felt team talk prior to the game, where the lads responded immediately and took control of the game from the whistle, with Aaron Mason breaking through Yatton's defence for Ethan Thomas to kick sweetly from a tight angle.
For a long period the visitors were camped on Yatton's 22. The home side did their best to frustrate the Saxons who couldn't punch their way through. However, Olly Barcham was simply too strong in the end and powered his way through for the next try. Ben "the Coyote" James was next to score with an epic run from the half way line. He simply could not be caught and ended the game with a hatrick of tries.
Brad Lias was next to cross the line and at this stage the ref blew up for half time, where Clevedon were in front by 33 points. With a target not to let the hype get to them, this game simply had to be won so to secure the promotion.
The second half was a mirror image of the first, with another 33 points added. Sunny Barzotelli took over the role of scrum half from Barzotelli Snr, and further tries were scored by James Grinstead, Pat Childs, Aaron Mason and show boater Ollie Wilson, with Ethan Thomas converting all bar one.
All credit to Yatton though who never gave in. They collected themselves and did fight back, however a strong defensive display from Jack Williams, Rory McGuigan and Tom Williams kept the home side from scoring.
"Clevedon claim spoils against Avonmouth"
Team:Matt Fisher, Ryan Hervey, Lewis O'Brien, Tyrell Fakoya, Mitchell Jordan, Tom Thie, Ashley Vailes, Bryan Largenton, Matt Honour(c), Blaise Bosley, Warren Taylor, Ben Chase, Toby Ford, Harvey Russell, Dave Rawle. Replacements: Ollie Jones, Jack Fowler. Coaches: Nick Hill. Flag: Meil Tucker.
Clevedon came out on top at the end of a hard-fought clash with Avonmouth with a 27-8 victory.
The visitors started well and opened the scoring with a penalty, then dominated for a 20-minute spell.
The Seasiders had their resolve tested, but stayed patient and a quick tap penalty from Ashley Vailles saw the ball offloaded to Ryan Hervey to score a try converted by Tom Thie.
Clevedon had the upper hand in the scrum and pushed their rivals around the pitch, earning a penalty which Thie landed for a 10-3 lead.
But Avonmouth always looked dangerous with the ball in hand and hit back with a try out wide to close the gap to two points at half time.
The second half saw Clevedon come under pressure as Avonmouth stretched their defence from side to side, but the defence held firm and a superb turnover by Rusty O'Brien on the hour mark led to the ball being kicked downfield, with Brian Largenton reading a pass and sprinting 40 metres under the posts.
The score seemed to take the wind out of Avonmouth's sails and the Clevedon forwards turned the screw for O'Brien to touch down out wide to make it 22-8. And with only minutes left, the Clevedon pack appliied more pressure at a scrum and Dave Rawle and Vailes combined for Gerald Hicks to score the bonus-point try out wide to complete the tally.
Coach Nick Hill said: "This was a tough encoutner and Avonmouth were right in it until the last third. Our defence was once again superb. I don't normally single players out for praise. but our front row of Brian Largenton, Matty Honour and Blaise Bosley were totally dominant."
Next Saturday, Clevedon play Cheltenham at home for a 14:30 kick odd, preceded as usual by a lunch, a pint and a raffle.
"A much improved display"
Team:Jordan Mein, Ryan Hervey, Lewis O'Brien, Adam Coles, Mitchell Jordan, Tom Thie, Matt Fisher, Brian Largenton, Matt Honour(c),Blaise Bosley, Warren Taylor, William Trollope, Owen Biggins, Toby Ford, Harvey Russell. Replacements: Ollie Jones, Jack Crew, Jack Fowler. Coaches: Nick Hill. Flag: Neil Tucker.
Clevedon returned to winning ways with a welcome 5 league points in a much improved display. On a cold damp day the seasiders started in determined fashion controlling proceedings and putting their guests under pressure.
The first period saw Clevedon making inroads into Richians half creating chances, but trying to force the pass and careless offloads denied them.
Their heads did not drop and they were rewarded when the evergreen Tommy Thie finished off a period of possession to score under the posts, converted by Jordan Mein for a 7-0 lead.
Back came Richians, building phases in the Clevedon half, but they were met with a strong defence led by Rusty O'Brien and Rudolf Hervey who forced themselves onto the defenders and went in hard at very opportunity.
The seasiders set piece functioned well and the backrow of Biggins, Russell and Ford were a constant threat at the breakdown and on the 50th minute were rewarded with a penalty, converted by Mein for 10-0. The rest of the half saw Clevedon in contro, but unable to increase their lead.
The second half saw Clevedon under pressure early on with dropped balls in their own redzone and failing to clear their lines. Once again they stay composed and worked their way back up the field and after some good forward work Owen Biggins penetrated the Richians defence and powered his way over the line to score a try, converted by Mein, 17-0.
Richians heads never dropped and they answered almost immediately with a well worked converted try of their own 17-7.
With 20 minutes left the next score would be crucial and it was Clevedon who pounced. When a ball was turned over in the seasiders half they produced some fine offloading, which saw some swift handling resulting in Woody Jordan scoring outwide for 22-7.
With minutes left, a break deep in the Clevedon half saw centre Adam Coles sprint a full 60 yards to touch down, converted by Mein, to seal the victory 29-7.
Head Coach Norris Hill commented "It was good to get back to winning ways. The lads have worked hard in the week and were rewarded with their efforts today".
Next Saturday, Clevedon play fourth placed Stroud away. The coach leaves at 11.30.
"Unlucky to be empty handed"
Team:Jordan Mein, Matt Fisher, Lewis O'Brien, Adam Coles, Mitchell Jordan, Tom Thie, Ashley Vailes, Brian Largenton, Matt Honour(c), Ollie Jones, Warren Taylor, William Trollope, Jack Crew, Toby Ford, Charlie Tucker. Replacements: Ben Allcock, Rory McGuigan, Elliot Poulter. Coaches: Nick Hill. Flag: Neil Tucker.
In the opening game of the year Clevedon entertained league leaders Midsomer Norton and were very unlucky to be left emptied handed. In front of a sizeable crowd the seasiders started well, the lineout functioning superbly giving the backs ample ball with which to attack, and stretch the visitors defence they did, but on more than one occasion were denied by the last pass. Twenty minutes in and against the run of play saw the visitors take the lead when a kick out of defence bounced the wrong way into Midsomers hands to score an unconverted try. Clevedon lifted their game and pressed deep into the visitors half and from a penalty the seasiders recycled the ball well which allowed big Orville Jones to crash over for a try, converted by Jordan Mein. Clevedon enjoyed the lions possession for the next ten but were rocked by the loss of the influential Charlie Tucker through injury but still led 7-5 at the break.
The second half saw Midsomer building phases and threatening the Clevedon line, but determined defence, led by William Trollope and Toby ford kept them at bay. Clevedon increased their lead when, from strong pressure on a Midsomer scrum resulted in Ashley Vailles going over converted by Mein. Back came Midsomer Norton to score a converted try after good driving from their forwards. 14-12 They then took the lead with a penalty, 14-15. The game was now finely balanced and when Clevedon were awarded a penalty they kicked into the visitors half and for the first time lost the line out and with concentration levels down allowed Midsomer to run and score a soft converted try. The seasiders now threw everything at Midsomer but once again the final pass or lack of one let them down and as is often the case in these situations, it was Midsomer who scored again to rub salt in the wounds and seal the victory 27-14.
Nonetheless, Hill said: "The scoreline definitely flattered them and we deserved something from the game. We're really proud of the effort of a changed Clevedon team against the top of the league and thank everyone for their positive feedback and support."
Clevedon's next game is away to Old Bristolians for a 14:15 kick off.
Team:Jordan Mein, Adam Turner, Lewis O'Brien, Adam Coles, Mitchell Jordan, Tom Thie, Matt Fisher, Brian Largenton, Matt Honour(c), Blaise Bosley, Warren Taylor, William Trollope, Jack Crew, Toby Ford, Charlie Tucker. Replacements: Ollie Jones, Rory McGuigan, Elliot Poulter. Coaches: Nick Hill. Flag: Neil Tucker.
Clevedon lost a hard fought encounter at Matson, with the conditions making it difficult to play expansive rugby.
This was a hard fought encounter played in horrendous conditions and the biting wind and sleeting rain made it difficult to play expansive rugby.
Clevedon, playing down the slope with the wind at their backs, struggled with the elements as the sheer power of the wind made passing nigh on impossible.
The return of Blaise Bosley to the front row helped Clevedon to get on top at scrum time and it was from pressure on the Matson scrum where Clevedon opened the scoring when Jack Crew pounced on a loose ball to touch down under the posts, converted by Jordan Mein.
Matson replied almost immediately when Clevedon failed to clear their lines, the ball was lost and made for an easy try for the Gloucester hosts.
The rest of the half saw both sides battling hard to gain momentum which was difficult when the line-outs were an lottery.
The second half saw Clevedon playing into the elements and their tactics of keeping the ball tight seemed to be paying off as they made inroads to the Matson half. However, on more than a couple of occasions, the slippery ball was dropped.,/p>
Matson had their fair share of possession but were met with determined defence led by Adam Coles and Rusty O'Brien.
The deadlock was broken after 50 minutes when Matson manufactured an unconverted try out wide to lead 12-7.
The next 10 minutes saw both sides battling hard to gain the edge and with light fading, wind blowing and horizontal rain lashing, the referee called both captains together to halt proceedings to confirm victory for Matson and a losing bonus point for Clevedon.
Head coach Nick Hill said: "I was really proud of the spirit the lads showed today, especially in the second half and they deserved a point for it. A special mention must go to our travelling supporters who all got absolutely drenched."
This photo of coach and his wife is from the 2003 Dinner and Dance.
Clevedon's next game is on the 5th January 2019 against league leaders Midsomer Norton. The kick-off is 14:15 and will be preceded by a lunch of left over Turkey and all the trimmings.
Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.
Team:Jordan Mein, Matt Fisher, Fakoya Tyrell, Ryan Hervey, Mitchell Jordan, Tom Thie, Rhys Talbot, Brian Largenton, Jack Crew, Matt Honour(c), Rob Holbrook, William Trollope, Lewis O'Brien, Toby Ford, Charlie Tucker. Replacements: Ollie Jones, Ben Alcock, Rory McGuigan. Coaches: Nick Hill. Flag: Neil Tucker.
An understrength Clevedon side slipped to defeat at Wells in a low-scoring encounter.
This was a dismal performance on a dismal day, Clevedon fielding an understrength team, took a while to settle down and it was only good defence that kept Wells at bay.
Against the run of play Clevedon took the lead with an unconverted try by Mitchell Jordan. Wells hit back with a converted try from good forward play.
The second half saw Clevedon start to put things together, but wrong options and dropped passes did not help their cause. In the final 10 minutes Wells sneaked over in the corner to make the game safe.
Next week, Clevedon are away to Matson for a 14:15 kick off. The coach leaves at 11.30am
"Victory at the Vale !!"
Team:Jordan Mein, Matt Fisher, Fakoya Tyrell, Adam Coles, Jonny Hicks, Tom Thie, Rhys Talbot, Brian Largenton, Matt Honour(c), Blaise Bosley, Rob Holbrook, William Trollope, Harvey Russell, Toby Ford, Charlie Tucker. Replacements: Ryan Hervey, Jack Crew, Lewis O'Brien. Coaches: Nick Hill. Flag: A.N.Other.
Clevedon finally got back to winning ways with a comprehensive victory over Chosen Hill, although that didn't look on the cards early on.
Chosen Hill scored a converted try and had the seasider's defence under serious pressure. After a period of determined defence, Clevedon finally got their hands on the ball and made inroads into the Chosen half and were rewarded with a penalty, duly converted by Jorge Mein.
From the restart Clevedon attacked up the middle and after a couple of phases the ball was moved wide for Hector Hicks to score,converted by Mein for a 10-7 lead.
The seasiders set piece was much improved from last week and their dominance at scrum time was rewarded with a push over try from Charles Tucker, converted by Mein.
The seasiders were now playing with confidence and with a penalty advantage, Tom Thie put a superb crossfield kick for Matt Fisher to gather and score, converted by Mein.
Just on the stroke of half time, a sneaky lineout saw big Rob Holbrook power through would be tacklers to score for Clevedon to lead 27-7 at the break.
After the break, Clevedon increased their lead with a well struck penalty from Mein, 30-7. The next ten minutes saw both sides sharing possession and testing each others defences, but it was the seasiders who scored again. A well placed cross field kick from Tom Thie was picked up by the alert Charles Tucker to score his second try, converted by Mein.
The last 20 minutes saw Clevedon ring the changes and a good forward surge saw replacement Lewis O'Brien score a try, converted by Mein.
With the light fading, Chosen Hill were rewarded for their efforts with a well worked try, converted on the final whistle.
Head coach Nick Hill commented "It was great to get back to winning ways and seeing the lads playing with confidence. I don't normally pick players out for praise, but elder statesman Tom Thie was excellent on and off the pitch this week.
Next week, Clevedon are away to Wells for 14:15 kick off.
"Clevedon told to Chipping Sodbury Off !!!!"
Team: Dave Burns, Matt Fisher, Adam Coles, Fakoya Tyrell, Ryan Hervey, Tom Thie(c), Rhys Talbot, Brian Largenton, Jack Crew, Blaise Bosley, Ben Chase, William Trollope, Harvey Russell, Toby Ford, Charlie Tucker. Replacements: Ollie Jones, . Coaches: Nick Hill. Flag: Neil Tucker.
This proved a very tough afternoon on the road for Clevedon, and if it wasn't for determined defence, the score could have been more.
On a grey and cold November day, Clevedon started well, building phases and asking questions of the big Sodbury side and were rewarded with a penalty opportunity converted by Adam Coles to lead 3 nil.
Early doors saw the Seasiders getting the better of the larger Sodbury pack at scrum time, gaining penalties and enabling them to gain ground. However, it was from a scrum that Sodbury got their first score when the referee decided that Clevedon had dropped a scrum with Sodbury flying backwards. From the resulting penalty they were able to release their big, running backs to score an unconverted try for a 5-3 lead.
This was followed by a break down the blindside for Sodbury to score a converted try, 12-3 .
The next 20 minutes saw Sodbury attacking deep into the Clevedon half and only determined defence, led by the backrow of Russell, Tucker and Ford, kept them at bay.
With minutes left, Clevedon surged into the Sodbury half and from a strong scrum, the Seasiders were rewarded with a penalty and the advantage saw the fleet footed Tom Thie score, converted by Coles for a 10-12 scoreline.
Clevedon then lost the services of lineout technician Ben Chase and the influential backrower Charles Tucker through injury. With the side reshuffling, Sodbury scored another try to lead 17-12 at the break.
The second half saw Clevedon playing up the slope and were soon rewarded with a penalty, which unfortunately didn't find touch. The clearance kick from Sodbury saw the ball bounce favourably over the Clevedon players' heads and into Sodbury's hands to increase their lead.
This proved to be the story of the second half as Clevedon's spirited defence was tested and any worthwhile possession was lost by forcing the issue. The Sodbury side got on top to score another 4 tries and finished resounding winners.
Head Coach Nick Hill commented "It's a learning curve at the moment, but we will get there. However, our thoughts this week lie with the family of Bob Downey, who sadly passed this week after a battle with illness. Bob was a keen player and stalwart of the club and more importantly one of life's nice guys. RIP from all at the Vale.
Next week, Clevedon are at home to Chosen Hill for 14:30 kick off, preceded by the usual lunch.
"Chewed up by Chew"
Team: Dave Burns, Matt Fisher, Adam Coles, Ashley Vailes, Ryan Hervey, Tom Thie, Rhys Talbot, Brian Largenton, Matt Honour, Blaise Bosley, Ben Chase, William Trollope, Luke O'Brien, Toby Ford, Charlie Tucker. Replacements: Ollie Jones, Harvey Russell, Fakoya Tyrell. Coaches: Nick Hill. Flag: Neil Tucker.
A slow start was to prove costly on a tough afternoon for a Clevedon.
Chew came out of the blocks fast and were 14 points up in the first ten minutes, first through a catch and drive, which was poorly defended and followed by a fine solo try from the visiting fullback, who ran from inside his own half avoiding all Clevedon's would be tacklers to score a converted try.
The seasiders then woke up and started to build momentum and were rewarded with a penalty, converted by Adam Coles.
From the restart, Clevedon drove hard into the Chew half and should have scored again, but poor decision making allowed Chew to turn the ball over.
Chew now came back at the seasiders, but good defence and the benefit of a strong scrum gave Clevedon a penalty, which saw the powerful Brian largenten surge up the pitch. After the ball was recycled, live wire Toby Ford, crashed over for a try, converted by Coles.
At halftime Chew valley led 14-10.
After the break, Clevedon came under pressure when a failure to secure a kick off saw the seasiders camped in their own red zone.
After more than ten minutes, Chew failed to capitilize and it was Clevedon who scored the first points of the half when, after a series of powerful scrums, Harvey Russell dived over to give the seasiders the lead for the first time 15-14.
From the restart, Clevedon recycled the ball and a loose kick saw the visitors run it back with interest and score a converted try 21-15.
The game was still anyones at this point and Clevedon once again tested the Chew defence, which held firm and it was them who scored again to settle the argument, leaving the seasiders empty handed.
Head coach Nick Hill commented "It was disappointing. You can't give a side like Chew valley a 14 point head start. I cannot knock the effort the lads showed, but we allowed them too much space at times and they punished us for it. We will keep working hard though."
Next week, Clevedon are away to Chipping Sodbury for 14:30 kick off.
"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.