Clevedon 12 Chipping Sodbury 19

7th March 2020

Team: Jonathan Hicks, Ryan Hervey, Dave Price, Chris Hicks, Cain Myford-Gibson, Ethan Thomas, Tom Thie, Bryan Largenton(c), Ollie Wilson, James Lugtig, Ollie Jones, William Trollope, Warren Taylor, Ben Allcock, Ed Ryder Smith. Replacements: Ben Maclaughlan, A.Livingstone, Joey Tucker. Coaches: Nick Hill. Flag: Neil Tucker.

"The Sods win"

Weave: Ben Allcock goes close

This was Clevedon's first home game for some time, due to recent wet weather.

On a sticky pitch the visitors started well scoring two tries in succession, converting one.

At this point anyone watching would have been expecting the flood gates to open, but Clevedon hit back when Edwin Smith and Ryan Hervey combined to put Joe Tucker over the line for a try, converted by Ethan Thomas.

The Seasiders really picked up now and applied a lot of pressure in the red zone, but sadly a bit of white line fever denied them and just before the break Sodbury extended their lead 7-19.

The second half saw Clevedon soaking up pressure for long periods of time, but defended superbly. With 15 minutes to go Warren Taylor made a tremendous break just inside the Sodbury half, handing players off and running a full 35 metres to score a superb solo try and in doing so gaining a bonus point.

The last minutes of the game saw Clevedon camped on the Sodbury line, but just couldn't get over. Head Coach Nick Hill commented "After a shaky start the lads showed great spirit and resilience and were unlucky not to get more out of the game".




 

Gordano 45 Clevedon 10

22nd February 2020

Team: Nor Pethy, Mitch Jordan, Ed Ryder-Smith, Ashley Vailes, Cain Myford-Gibson, Tom Thie, Josh Mortimer, Bryan Largenton(c), Matt Hastie, Oliver Jones, Warren Taylor, William Trollope, Rory Biggins, Owen Biggins, Harvey Russell. Replacements: Joe Williams, Ben Stone, David Price. Coaches: Nick Hill. Flag: Neil Tucker.

"Not our day"

Weave: Clevedon's front five...

Clevedon were well beaten by a well drilled and determined Gordano side.

The game was played on the 3G surface at Failand after Gordano's pitch was deemed unplayable. The surface certainly favoured the Sharks backline who threatened all afternoon.

The seasiders started well scoring an unconverted try. Gordano hit back straight away with a converted try.

The story of the first half which was fairly even, saw Clevedon trying to batter their way up front and the Sharks spreading the ball. At the break the Sharks led 19-12.

The turning point came early in the second half when Clevedon lost 2 players to injury. They never really regained any composure, although they had the more than their share of possession, but determined Gordano defence kept them out and the Sharks ran away with it scoring tries late on in the half.

Head Coach Nick Hill commented "Gordano were fitter and faster than us today and deserved their victory. On a sombre note, we as a club would like send our thoughts and condolences to Gordano and in particular the family of Paul Southey, who sadly passed away on Saturday evening."




 

Barton Hill 12 Clevedon 18

8th February 2020

Team: Ethan Thomas, Mitch Jordan, Ed Ryder-Smith, Ashley Vailes, Cain Myford-Gibson, Tom Thie, Josh Mortimer, Bryan Largenton(c), Matt Hastie, James Lugtig, Warren Taylor, William Trollope, Jack Crew, Owen Biggins, Harvey Russell. Replacements: Oliver Jones, Ryan Hervey, Rhys Talbot. Coaches: Nick Hill. Flag: Neil Tucker.

"Clevedon hold on"

Crunch: Harvey Russell scores Clevedon's second...

Clevedon recorded a double over Barton Hill after a very tough afternoon.

This was a very physical encounter that boiled over on more than one occasion with the hosts intent on making their presence felt.

The seasiders absorbed the early pressure and began to build momentum with quick recycled ball and were unlucky not to score on more than one occasion, but their determination was not to be denied when Josh Mortimer dived over to score an unconverted try.

Shortly after, Clevedon increased their lead with a penalty conversion from Ethan Thomas 8-nil.

Barton Hill hit back with a catch and drive to reduce the lead, then on the stroke of half time Clevedon scored again when Harvey Russell touched down from a powerful scrum, converted by Thomas to lead 15 -5 at the break.

The second half saw Clevedon playing up the slope and under pressure from the Barts, who threw everything at them. The pressure finally gave when the seasiders were reduced to 14 men and the hosts scored an converted a try for 15-12. Late in the half Clevedon were rewarded with a penalty superbly struck from Ethan Thomas to seal the victory 18-12.

Head Coach Nick Hill commented "It was great to get the win in what was a niggly affair. The lads showed tremendous resolve to get the job done".




 

Stroud 41 Clevedon 5

18th January 2020

Team: Mitch Jordan, Jonny Hicks, Adam Coles, Ed Ryder-Smith, Cain Myford-Gibson, Tom Thie, Ashley Vailes, Bryan Largenton (c), Jack Crew, James Lugtig, Oliver Jones, William Trollope, Ben Allcock, Ryan Hervey, Warren Taylor. Replacements: Pat Childs, Ed Sailsbury, Adam Turner. Coaches: Nick Hill. Flag: Neil Tucker.

"A battling performance"

Weave: Cain skins the Stroud defence...

Clevedon travelled to league leaders Stroud and put up a brave performance that was tighter than the score line suggests.

The seasiders were slow out of the blocks and shipped a couple of soft tries. With the line out not functioning and a failure to look after the ball at the breakdown they were punished with further scores from the home side.

The half time score was 27-5 with Clevedon's only consolation a try from Cain Dingle.

The second half saw Clevedon much more in the game and probably enjoyed the lions share of possession. Sadly a failure to score any points in their visits to the red zone were costly and Stroud finished convincing winners in the end.

Head Coach Nick Hill commented "It was always going to be a big ask at the unbeaten league leaders. We didn't get going until the second half and by then the game was as good as over".




 

Clevedon 33 Gloucester Spartans 0

11th January 2020

Team: Joe Williams, Jonny Hicks, Ed Ryder-Smith, Ashley Vailes, Cain Myford-Gibson, Tom Thie, Josh Mortimer, Bryan Largenton (c), Jack Crew, James Lugtig, William Trollope, Oliver Jones, Rory Mcquigan, Owen Biggins, Harvey Russell. Replacements: A. Childs, Mitchell Jordan, Warren taylor. Coaches: Nick Hill. Flag: Neil Tucker.

"Third win on the trot!"

Weave: Vet Harvey Russell scores Clevedon's second try...

Clevedon opened the scoring with a try from William Trollope, who wrestled himself to ground over the try line, despite four defenders hanging of his huge frame.

Harvey Russell touched down soon after, with Josh Mortimer converting, to make it 12-0 at half time.

The Seasiders withstood some Spartans pressure after the restart, but trwarted them with good and tenacious defence.

Trollope powered over for his second try, again converted by Mortimer.

Clevedon were awarded two penalty tries in a bonus-point win after Spartans had done some illegal shenanigans when Clevedon were sure to score.

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"It was great to get a good win in front of the home faithful," said head coach Nick Hill.

Three in a row and Clevedon travel away to league leaders Stroud next week.




 

Old Bristolians 16 Clevedon 25

4th January 2020

Team: Joe Williams, Matt Fisher, Ed Ryder-Smith, Ashley Vailes, Ryan Hervey, Tom Thie, Josh Mortimer, Bryan Largenton (c), Jack Crew, Ben Stone, William Trollope, Oliver Jones, Rory Biggins, Owen Biggins, Harvey Russell. Replacements: Ben Allcock, Cain Myford-Gibson, James Lugtig. Coaches: Nick Hill. Flag: Neil Tucker.

"A momentous day for Clevedon Tommy!"

Weave: Tommy Thie single handedly takes on Old B's...

Clevedon moved out of the bottom three with a 5 try bonus point win over neighbours Old Bristolians.

Playing up the slope, the seasiders found themselves under pressure from their hosts who built an 8 nil lead.

After riding the storm for the first thirty, Clevedon started to build momentum through their powerful scrum and direct running. Late in the half a line break from Rory Biggins allowed Tom Thie to put Jack Crewe over for an unconverted try. 8-5 at the break.

The second half saw Clevedon upping the ante in terms of possession and dominance at scrum time. After an excellent passage of play, Ryan Hervey scored to take the lead, moments later the seasiders scored again when Owen Biggins pounced on an excellent crossfield kick from Tom Thie, 8-15 .

Old B's replied with a penalty to reduce the gap, then with 20 minutes left Clevedon were reduced to 14 men when a player was shown a red card for 2 yellow cards.

This only seemed to galvanise the seasiders who moved further ahead with a pushover try for Harvey Russell.

From the restart Old B's hit back with a well worked try of their own, which made for an anxious last third of the game. Any thoughts of a brave comeback were cancelled out when another crossfield kick from Thie was superbly gathered up and finished off by Matt Fisher, securing a well earned victory for Clevedon.

Head Coach Nick Hill commented "I was really proud of the lads who put in a gutsy team performance and special mention must go to Tommy Thie for playing his 500th game, he's a great club man and an example to all".




 

Clevedon 38 Coney Hill 7

7th December 2019

Team: Mason Parslow, Matt Fisher, Ed Ryder-Smith, Ashley Vailes, Cain Myford Gibson, Tom Thie, Rhys Talbot, Bryan Largenton (c), Jack Crew, James Lugtig, William Trollope, Warren Taylor, HArvey Russell, Owen Biggins, Charlie Tucker. Replacements: Oliver Jones, Ben Allcock, Joey Tucker. Coaches: Nick Hill. Flag: Neil Tucker.

Weave: Trollope Trollied...

Both sides tried to play rugby on a dark, blustery day, but loose passes and dropped balls prevented any early score.

The Seasiders struck first though, when a good passage of play was finished off by Chester Crewe. William Squirrel burrowed his way over from close range before half time to make it 10-0.

Coney Hill applied pressure after the restart, but were kept at bay by stoic defence from Biggins, Russell and Ryder-Smith.

Clevedon went further ahead as Arnold Vailles, Charleston Tucker, Malcolm Parslow and Theodore Thie all touched down, with Joey Tucker adding conversions in his first game for over a year.

Head coach Nick Hill said: "It was great to get a win and to do it playing some good rugby. But it is still very much one game at a time."




 

Bristol Saracens 5 Clevedon 38

30th November 2019

"A much changed side"

Saracens report...




 

Clevedon 15 Winscombe 20

23rd November 2019

"Not The Result We Wanted!"

Team: Tom Thie, Matt Fisher, Mason Parslow, Grant Cherrington, Cain Myford Gibson, Dave Price, Ashley Vailes, Bryan Largenton (c), Jack Crew, Oliver Jones, William Trollope, Warren Taylor, Jack Fowler, Ryan Hervey, Dave Rawle. Replacements: James Lugtig, Adam Coles, Jonny Hicks. Coaches: Nick Hill. Flag: Neil Tucker.

Weave: MOTM Ryan Hervey on the charge...

On a damp and dismal at the Vale Clevedon took on Winscombe. Unfortunatel, a losing bonus point was all Clevedon had to show after a disappointing afternoon.

The sticky conditions at Coleridge were a leveller for both sides, but it was the visitors who settled in the quickest and scored first. Despite Clevedon scoring three unconverted tries, it was momentary lapses in defence, concentration and a failure to look after the ball that proved costly.

The Seasiders scored two tries from the evergreen Albert Vailes, one in each half and a try from Matteo Fisher after a fabulous cross field kick from the young Arthur Coles.

These were the only highlights in this game, although the boys worked hard in the final few minutes to try and get the win, but it was not to be !

Man of the match performance by Rex Hervey was well deserved as he flew around the park like a whirling dervish.

Head Coach Nick Hill commented "We just have to keep working hard".




 

Clevedon 12 Barton Hill 5

19th October 2019

"We won!!!"

Team: Ethan Thomas, Dave Burns, Ali Balcombe, Mason Parslow, Cain Myford Gibson, Tom Thie, Bryan Largenton (c), Charlie Tucker, James Lugtig, Oliver Jones, William Trollope, Ben Mac, Ashley Vailes, Harvey Russell. Replacements: Mitch Jordan, Luke Gardiner. Coaches: Nick Hill. Flag: Neil Tucker.

Weave: Johnny Hicks scores the first try...

Clevedon recorded their first win of the season with a determined performance at The Vale.

Visitors Barton Hill, lying in third place prior to the kick off, must have felt confident of another win, but they hadn't counted on a fired up Clevedon side.

The seasiders started well, recycling the ball and forcing their way into the Barts half. Unfortunately the ball was spilled on more than one occasion by sloppy passing.

As the half developed, Barts moved the ball and applied pressure, but they were met with a stoic defence led by Ford, Tucker and Smith.

In the 30th minute, a strong run from Edwin Smith saw the ball recycled and Johnny Hicks score outwide to give Clevedon a 5 nil lead.

Moments later Barts hit back with an unconverted try of their own, 5-5. Just before the half time whistle, Clevedon scored again when a forward surge was finished off by skipper Brian Largenton who scored under the posts. Alistair Balcombe managed to convert for a half time score of 12-5.

The second half remained scoreless with both sides testing the others defence, but it was Clevedon who stuck it out for a much deserved victory.

Head coach Nick Hill commented "Really pleased for the lads who showed tremendous spirit. Credit must go to new assistant coach Nick Carpenter who has worked hard on our defence and today it paid off".




 

Clevedon 30 Old Bristolians 37

21st September 2019

"Disappointment at The Vale"

Team: Ethan Thomas, Dave Burns, Ali Balcombe, Mason Parslow, Cain Myford Gibson, Tom Thie, Bryan Largenton (c), Charlie Tucker, James Lugtig, Oliver Jones, William Trollope, Ben Mac, Ashley Vailes, Harvey Russell. Replacements: Mitch Jordan, Luke Gardiner. Coaches: Nick Hill. Flag: Neil Tucker.

Weave: Ethan Thomas kicks a penalty...

Once again, a much changed Clevedon side welcomed Old B's to the Vale. It was to prove a frustrating afternoon as the hosts aided to their own downfall with a performance littered with mistakes and unforced errors.

Old B's were first on the score sheet with a penalty. Moments later Clevedon replied with one of their own for a 3-3 scoreline.

The seasiders went into the lead when a fine passage of play saw Des Burnes score in the corner for 8-3. From the restart Clevedon attacked, but the ball was intercepted for an easy try 8-10.

Old B's moved further into the lead when a kick was dropped allowing them to score another soft try, 15-8.

Clevedon hit back with a fine try from Kane Gibson 15-15. As seemed to be the story of the afternoon, every good thing Clevedon did was followed by a mistake as once again careless handling allowed Old B's to score another converted try, 15-22.

Back came Clevedon when Tom Thie cleverly chipped over and then collected the ball and offloaded to Charles Tucker to score a converted try, 22-22. A penalty well struck by Ethan Thomas saw Clevedon lead at the break 25-22.

The second half did not start well as a poor kick chase allowed Old B's to score another try. Moments later another poor kick chase was again punished with a further try for the opposition, 25-34.

Later in the half, the visitors increased their lead with a penalty for 25-37.

With 10 minutes remaining, Clevedon scored from a lineout drive by skipper Brian Largenton for a final score 30-37.

Head coach Nick Hill commented "The fact that we picked up 2 bonus points is a positive, but the lads are disappointed that they contributed to their own downfall today."




 

Midsomer Norton 46 Clevedon 19

14th September 2019

Apologies, there are no pics this week

On a very hot afternoon a much changed Clevedon side travelled into Midsommer Norton.

League leaders Norton started strongly with their big forwards making inroads and were soon on the score sheet with a catch and drive.

The seasiders, who had a number of fledgling debutants, were led by skipper for the day, 19 year old Charles Tucker.

Clevedon battled their way into the game, but scrum time and the breakdown, proved a testing time against their heavier counterparts. However, the lineout allowed them opportunities to make inroads only to be denied by a failure to look after the ball. Half time saw Clevedon 27 - nil down.

Clevedon, playing up the slope, saw Norton score twice in quick succession. Heads could have gone down, but this didn't happen. Clevedon hit back when a fine passage of play saw debutant Kane Gibson score a fine try. This was quickly followed up with a try from the veteran Tom Thie.

Norton then replied with two scores of their own.

The last word went to Clevedon when Mason Parslow powered over for a converted try.

Head coach Nick Hill commented "It was always going to be a difficult ask with unavailabilities and last minute injuries. That said the youngsters stepped up with Kane Gibson and Charles Tucker outstanding".




 

Clevedon 20 Matson 29

7th September 2019

"Never mind!"

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Team: Mitch Jordan, Jonny Hicks, Grant Cherrington, Ryan Hervey, Dave Burns,Tom Thie, Ashley Vailes, Bryan Largenton (c), Ben Allcock, Oliver Jones, Warren Taylor, William Trollope, Rory McGuigan, Toby Ford, Charlie Tucker. Replacements: Ben Mac, James Lugtig, Cain Myford-Gibson. Coaches: Nick Hill. Flag: Neil Tucker.

Weave: Captain Largenton on the charge...

A young, new look Clevedon side, hampered with last minute changes, were unlucky to be left empty handed on their opening home league fixture.

On a sunny September afternoon at the vale, a good crowd saw Clevedon showing lots of spirit against a big physical Matson side. The Gloucester side started well, putting the home side under pressure at the first scrum, resulting in a converted try nil-7.

From the restart Matson used their big forwards to make inroads into the Clevedon half. This was met with dogged defence and some very physical exchanges.

Clevedon now found parity at scrum time, although the lineout didn't quite function, they never lacked endeavour with fine breaks from Tom Thie, Grant Cherrington and the fleet footed Mitch Jordan.

On the 60th minute the seasiders were awarded a penalty, duly converted by Tom Thie. Moments later, a fumbled ball at a Clevedon lineout saw Matson capitalise and score 3-12. The last 10 minutes of the half saw Clevedon playing with a man down in the bin.

The second half saw Clevedon taking the game to Matson and veteran Ashley Vailes used a quick tap penalty to go over, 8-12 .Matson replied with a try of their own to increase the lead 8-17.

The seasiders refused to lie down and hit back with some multi-phase play, finished off by the powerful skipper Brian Largenton and converted A Vailes 15-17.

With 20 minutes to go the game was finely balanced. Clevedon attacked down the openside, but lost the ball in contact and Matson used the ball well to increase their lead to 15-29.

From the restart a cruel bounce of the ball saw Matson further increase their lead 15-29.

Clevedon heads did not drop and with moments left Ollie Jones finished off a strong passage of play with a try. The conversion meant a bonus point, but it cruelly shaved the posts to deny the Seasiders a losing bonus point.