Rare Cornish victory for Clevedon

St Ives 6 pts Clevedon 7 pts - IT is not often Clevedon come out of Cornwall with a win. This they did with a well grafted out performance.

St Ives 6 ptsClevedon 7 ptsIT is not often Clevedon come out of Cornwall with a win. This they did with a well grafted out performance.They have now won five games on the trot and have overtaken local rivals Yatton in the league table.Clevedon played up the slope into a strong breeze and soon settled down into their normal style of play. The home side threw everything at them, but Clevedon's defence held firm.Clevedon should have taken the lead but missed two kickable penalties the result of going into the game without a recognised kicker. Clevedon ran the ball at every opportunity and Chris Cates was unlucky not to have scored in the corner.St Ives had a forward red carded, and from the resulting scrum, Clevedon took the lead with a pushover try by James Shopland converted by Tom Thie. St Ives started the second half with a bang and being one man down raised their game and put Clevedon under pressure. Clevedon withheld the onslaught, and did squander a few try scoring chances. St Ives kicked two penalties to put the game on a knife-edge.Clevedon missed yet another kickable penalty. The home side, going for the win, had a good platform from their line-out, but Clevedon tackled like demons, especially Ashley Vailes.Clevedon's scrum worked well and the pack never gave an inch. It seemed as if the game would never end with 12 minutes of injury time. Clevedon held on to win a well deserved victory.No game on Saturday. The last game home to Walcot on April 18, which will be sponsors and vice-presidents' day. On Saturday the Seconds are home to Taunton and the Thirds home to Old Sulians in the league.

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