Hornets triumph in the muddy conditions

HORNETS Under-9s hosted local rivals Clevedon in very muddy conditions at Hutton Moor.

HORNETS Under-9s hosted local rivals Clevedon in very muddy conditions at Hutton Moor.

Hornets had most of the play and ran in three tries in each half of the first game. Reef Morton scored a hat-trick, Tom Reid and Aiden McComisky both scored one.

The Hornets’ defence was solid and there was plenty of good work in the rucks from Ben Cooke and Ben Graves. A Reeve Bailey run set up a Morton try and Harry McFarling was unlucky not to score when held up on the line. Final score was 6-1 to Hornets.

The second game had the same scoreline. All the boys put in a good effort considering the sticky conditions and both Bens again provided good defence and helped to offload the ball for tries to be scored.

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Aiden again scored two tries, one from a good four-pass move down the line. The others to score were Reid, Alex Leaks, Morton and Lawrence Pilgrim.

The Under-12s welcomed Clevedon to a sticky Hutton Moor and took part in some of the best rugby played all season.

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In the first game, Hornets’ front row of Louie Vernacombe, Adam Dover and Blake Williams were winning scrums against the head. The loose forwards of Brandon Robinson, Jack Richardson and Paddy Holyday maintained the pressure.

Hornets came close to scoring a couple of tries but a couple of breakaway tries by Clevedon kept Hornets on their toes.

Bryn Solomon was again outstanding and Jordan Humphris brought his two centres Tiah Lauder and Harry Taylor into the game. Freddie Dolcezza put in his best performance for the club and Spencer Coe was always causing problems, whilst Alex Francis kept out any threat with sound defence.

In the second half, Hornets pressure finally turned into points. A superb run by Freddie was supported by Blake. When he was held up on the line, Jordan was on hand to go over for a score which he converted. Clevedon responded with a try for a final score of 21-7.

Hornets squad was used to the full when the rest of the team entered the second game and the momentum picked up, Liam Fitzpatrick and Jacob Parkman both making storming runs. A fantastic break by Harry saw him held up over the line. From the scrum, Thomas Cocking dived over for a try, converted by Alex.

Keane Williams now on at fly-half was enjoying good possession and this allowed two new wingers, Matthew Balcombe and Bryn Turner, to exploit space out wide. Jacob made good use of his strength and popped the ball inside to Paddy to crash over, converted by Keane.

After the break, solid defence by Tiah and Harry kept Clevedon at bay. The forwards were relishing the conditions and when Blake was held up short, Jack Richardson went over for a score, converted by Jordan for a final score of 21-0.

Hornets’ whole squad contributed to an entertaining game. Special mention to Freddie, Keane and Jacob for some fine rugby.

The Under-15s and Walcot locked horns for the second time this season and for the second time, Hornets came out as top dogs.

Hornets started the stronger, looking organised and committed and after some sustained pressure, Francis broke free to put his side 5-0 up, but just before half-time Walcot equalised.

Hornets made seven changes at half-time. Saunders came close to putting Hornets in front, but was hauled down just short of the line, but his offload to Reseigh allowed him to dive in for a cracking try.

Hornets switched off and Walcot took the lead for the first time with a converted try from their impressive centre. No 8 Smith led the fightback with a great tackle from the kick-off. After wasting a couple of chances, Francis found a gap in the Walcot defence to score his second try, converted by Davidson to make the final score 17-12 to Hornets.

The back row union of Brewer, Massey, McLaughlin, Howe and Newport Caravans man of the match Smith were outstanding. Half-backs Littlewood, Nicholls and Davidson played some smart rugby and centres Francis, Powell and Lowrie all put in strong shifts, while full-back Wheeler was safe.

The Under-14s played Wellington at home and from the kick-off, the ball was collected by Jacob Swain who was stopped just short of the line. The ensuing maul allowed the Hornets to score their first try through Thomas Davison.

The forwards started to take control and the support play, especially by James Locker, Scott Warman and Curtis Higgins. This led to further tries by Kieran Manning and Byron Marriott before Wellington replied with a converted try. Just before half-time, Thomas Chenneour scored Hornets’ fourth try.

The second half started with multiple changes by the Hornets, but even they still played some attractive rugby. Their only try of the half came through Marriott, converted by Manning.

The Wellington team then seemed to get their second wind and scored three tries, one of which was converted to make the final score 27-24 to Hornets.

Hornets Under-10s welcomed Clevedon to Hutton Moor for a return fixture and in the first of two games, Clevedon started the brighter scoring an early try.

Hornets’ lack of physicality in the breakdown led to a turn-over ball and a second score for Clevedon. This was the point Hornets woke up and determined rucking by Rhys Clark and Joe Frost recycled possession and sent the ball through the backs with Eddie Williams diving over the line for Hornets’ first try.

Hornets started the second half strongly with Luke Collins scoring, followed quickly by a Ewan McComisky try. Hornets’ defence held up with some excellent tackling from Tom Cattermole and Ethan Loveridge

Oscar Browne was unlucky not to score after ripping the ball out of a maul and there was some sublime running from Lockie Carver-Cox and Kyle Godwin. The first game ended with another superb effort from McComisky scoring in the corner to give Hornets a 20-10 victory.

The second game started where the first left off, with the two teams evenly matched and determined to win.

There were determined efforts from Owen Brake, Sebastian Wood and Mitch Hawkes. The first half finished two tries apiece with McComisky scoring his third of the day and a try for Rhys Clark.

In the second half, Hornets scored a quick try directly from the starting pass, with Luke Collins diving over. With much of the same from both sides, Clevedon managed to pull one back to level the score. The winning try was scored by Charlie Fairhurst from a well worked move from the ruck. The final score was 20-15 to Hornets.

WESTON Under-8 travelled to Winscombe to play both the home side and Yatton and came away unbeaten.

In the first match against Winscombe, the sides traded tries. Three tries from Bradley Robinson and two from Lewis Underhill kept the visitors in touch and a try from Jamie Edgar meant a 6-6 score line at half-time.

A second try from Jamie, followed by a dashing run to score from Ciaran Kelman, kept Weston in contention. Tom Burge crossed for three tries and a late score from Edward Land meant a final score of 12-12.

In the second game of the day, against a second Winscombe side, the players were again equally matched and exactly the same score was recorded.

Once again Bradley Robinson was the main try scorer (6), ably supported by Alfie Calcott who scored three and Dylan Way and Tom Burge who each scored one. Jackson Webb ran well throughout and good tagging from Lottie Dadds and Oscar Tarry kept the team in contention.

In the final game of the day, Weston played Yatton and took an early lead with tries from Jamie Edgar and Lewis Underhill. Edward Land made good breaks, supported well by Ciaran Kelman and Oscar Tarry.

Dylan Way and Tom Burge both added to the score and the two regular try scorers, Bradley Robinson and Alfie Calcott, scored three each to give a final score of 10-7 to Weston.

A great team effort set the pace for this tough game with Weston Under-10s defending hard from the start.

Winscombe scored early, but Weston hit back with Lewis Hicks and Matthew Ogbourne prominent. Harrison Lands’ darting run led to a Hicks try. Weston were overcome in the second half, despite great forward work by Reece White and Ryan Donnegan, losing 10-1.

Weston dug deep finding their form in the second game. Great work by Cameron Sutherland in the line-out fed Mateo Turvey to release Will Durston to score. Weston continued well with Sutherland, White and Hicks dominating the forward battle and Weston scored again, while Durston’s tackle prevented a certain try.

In the second half, Jack Schafer’s cracking run was stopped short. Winscombe scored to go level. Then Sutherland made a driving run winning a penalty, which was rewarded with a deserved try for a final score of 3-2 to Weston.

The Under-11s travelled to Winscombe for a triangular fixture including Yatton. In the first game, Weston played the hosts on a heavy and sloping pitch. In a hard fought game, Weston surrendered their season long unbeaten run, going down 21-0 to three converted tries.

In the second game, Weston came up against Yatton, who had also been beaten by Winscombe. Weston knew they were in for another stern test and they replied in superb fashion. With Adam Rogerson having a superb day, backed up by Mitchell Bird, Weston put a stranglehold on the game.

With great attacking play, led by Roger-son, Jamie Wheeler, Eddie Davies and Brandon Charlton, Weston had the upper hand for most of the game. When defending, Jack Howard and fellow prop George Bamsey, supported by hooker Jimmy Bamsey, tackled anything in Yatton colours.

The game ended 26-0 to Weston with tries going to Bamsey, Howard, Wheeler and Rogerson. Tilsley added two conversions and Bamsey one.

Weston Under-7s travelled to Winscombe to play the hosts and Yatton. The first game against Winscombe was a close affair. There was some great running from both sides and there was an early score for William Flavin, matched by two tries from Haydn for Winscombe.

Weston tagged well as a side and tried to support each other, Tom Blythe scored quickly with Winscombe also returning the favour and there was a score for George Nuttycombe just before half-time after a great run by Brett Robinson.

The second half saw one more try for Winscombe. Weston replied with a fine run by Danny Bamsey, supported by Mason Penny. Weston had a chance to win with the last play of the game, but spilled the ball giving the opposition a chance to make the score 5-4 to Winscombe.

The second game was a much closer affair with good work by twins Ben and Harry Collard, who showed their tenacity and the tagging was good from all the team.

Luke Edwards scored two tries in quick succession with Winscombe replying with two of their own.

In the second half it was a hard fought affair with both sides working hard. There was a well-worked try for George Nuttycombe and a third also for Winscombe taking the score to 3-3.

Weston also had a bonus match against Yatton with the opposition giving Weston two of their players to make up the numbers. It was a fast encounter with three scores from Ben Clarke (Yatton) for Weston.

Danny Bamsey scored twice, one from deep in side their half. Tom Blythe came on in the second half to score. Yatton replied with some great tries as Jacob Simpson continued to tag well and he was rewarded with a try. The result was 8-3 to Weston.

WINSCOMBE Under-12s hosted Yatton on a chilly Sunday morning.

The Winscombe forwards started well, keeping hold of the ball after several phases of play. They won a scrum and scrum-half George Marsh fed Joe Hartshorne whose scissor move fooled the defence, but he was held up after crossing the line.

The forwards continued to dominate and two scores followed quickly from Marsh and Hartshorne. George Harrison was on fire during the match with some good runs. One such run, resulted in Hartshorne’s second try, after good work by Josh Hunt.

Yatton came back at ’Combe and were pressurising the try line when they were turned over. Marsh galloped three-quarters of the pitch for a brilliant solo try.

Winscombe won a scrum five metres out and No 8 Sam White picked at the base and powered over for a try.

Winscombe substituted most of the forwards in the second half and Joe Gallagher was on for scrum-half Marsh. Yatton started the half well and were only kept from scoring by a tackle from Hunt.

The visitors scored with a fine solo run from the halfway line. Winscombe hit back straight away when Thomas Amer scored.

Joe Duran got on the score sheet when he powered down the touch line to go over in the corner. Gabe Bell, who worked hard in the centre was also rewarded with a try.

Tom Fear came close, but was intercepted by the Yatton defence just short of the line as Winscombe ran out 48-7 winners.

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