Clevedon lose unbeaten record
Avonmouth 21 pts Clevedon 16 pts - THIS was a well fought local derby with both sides running the ball.
Avonmouth 21 pts
Clevedon 16 pts
THIS was a well fought local derby with both sides running the ball.
Avonmouth had the better of the early exchanges, and their backs looked sharp and it took good Clevedon defence to keep them at bay. Clevedon gradually got into the game, and from good line-out ball a burst through the middle by Owen Biggins set up a try for Simon Johns, which Ben Hazeldine converted.
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Avonmouth hit back with a well executed try from a line-out which was converted. Clevedon were under pressure in the scrums, but did well at the rucks, and took the lead before half time through a Ben Hazeldine penalty.
Avonmouth started the second half with a bang and turn over ball resulted in a fine individual try aided by some poor tackling This was converted. Swift handling produced a second converted try in as many minutes for the hosts to lead 21-10.
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The introduction of Ben Chase into the second row helped Clevedon gain stability in the scrums and provide a better platform. Ben Hazeldine reduced the deficit with a penalty. Owen Biggins was outstanding and he penetrated the home defence on numerous occasions.
Clevedon now threw everything at Avonmouth but their defence held firm. Hazeldine kicked another penalty to bring the score to 21-16 and hammered the hosts' line and should have scored but wrong options were taken.
Clevedon have now lost their unbeaten tag, and look forward to get back to winning ways on Saturday, home to Brixham, kick-off 3pm.