Away win for Clevedon
Ivybridge 10 pts Clevedon 12 pts - THIS was a hard worked win, but Clevedon should have been out of sight by half time.
Ivybridge 10 pts
Clevedon 12 pts
THIS was a hard worked win, but Clevedon should have been out of sight by half time.
Following their excellent performance in midweek against Weston, Clevedon started in flamboyant mood. They gave away too many penalties to bring Ivybridge into the game. They were hungry with ball in hand and took an early lead when Owen Biggins made a devastating break from his own half handing on to Tom O'Rourke who grub kicked through for Steve Johnson to score in the corner.
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Clevedon continued to run the ball, but at the final execution kicked possession away. Ivybridge kicked a penalty and Clevedon then missed a kickable penalty, but deservedly led at half time.
The second half started with the Clevedon scrum taking the opposition apart, with new signing Matt Honour well to the fore. Dave Vivian and Ben Chase helped to form a formidable front row. As hard as Clevedon tried they could not score mainly due to good defence or lack of finishing power. Joe Williams, behind a dominant pack, spoiled well and set up Clevedon's second try for Roger Birkin and Mike Lowis kicked the conversion.
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Ivybridge never gave up and were rewarded with a converted try deep into injury time.
Next Saturday, Clevedon are home to Newton Abbott, kick-off 2.30pm.
Weston 19 pts
Clevedon 14 pts
THIS was an exciting Somerset Cup semi-final, in which Clevedon, playing against National League opposition did well.
Clevedon had the better of the opening quarter, but could not finish off some impressive approach work. Weston took the lead against the run of play, having lost their line-out throw, but a quick handling movement resulted in a try in the corner.
This did not deter Clevedon who hit back with a try after good work by Ashley Vailes saw Harvey Russell sprint over, converted by Steve Johnson as they deservedly led 7-5 at half time.
The second half showed Weston more dominant and the boot of their New Zealand fly-half continually kept Clevedon on the defensive. Clevedon should have increased their lead but missed a simple penalty.
Weston took the lead with a penalty. Poor out of hand kicking by Clevedon did not help their cause. Weston increased their lead with a try from a catch and drive at the line-out. They kicked a further two penalties, but Clevedon were not done and a well worked back move resulted in a try for Tom Thie, which Steve Johnson converted.