Confident Clevedon notch up another victory

Torquay 10 pts Clevedon 20 pts - THIS was a second win on the trot from a Clevedon team playing with renewed confidence.

Torquay 10 ptsClevedon 20 ptsTHIS was a second win on the trot from a Clevedon team playing with renewed confidence.They kicked off into a strong breeze and soon took the game to the hosts. The Torquay backs looked a swift unit and they soon got on the scoreboard after a clever chip over the top caught the Clevedon defence napping for a converted try and this was quickly followed by a penalty.Clevedon regrouped and Rory Biggins slotted over a penalty. The game was end to end, but Clevedon were guilty of kicking possession away badly. Their strength was to keep the ball in hand.Right on the stroke of half time a good handling movement saw Tom O'Rourke go over for a try, but Torquay led 10-8 at the break.The second half started with Torquay dominant and Clevedon had to defend well to keep them at bay. Clevedon had to replace both second rows due to illness and injury, but the pack started to get on top well led by veteran Neil Tucker with the back row of Birkin, Shopland and Russell well to the fore.A strong surge by the pack enabled man of the match James Shopland to score a try. Torquay, now behind for the first time, ran everything at Clevedon and again Clevedon were guilty of aimless kicking with the wind at their backs as when they ran the ball they always looked dangerous.To seal victory Clevedon scored a well try with Tom Thie giving quick ball to the centres who worked well to enable Rory Biggins to score under the posts and he converted.The line-out worked well with Roger Birkin and Ben Chase dominating. A sterling performance from Ben Stone who had a good try disallowed.On Saturday, Clevedon are home to Yatton, kick-off 2.30pm. On Sunday, Clevedon Under-15s play Weston in the Somerset Cup semi-final at Yatton, kick-off 12.30pm.

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