Clevedon show good team spirit

PUBLISHED: 15:35 22 January 2007 | UPDATED: 10:30 24 May 2010

CLEVEDON travelled to Bracknell with a depleted squad to play a multi-national side and the local-born team battled well against bigger opposition

Bracknell 48 pts Clevedon 0 ptsCLEVEDON travelled to Bracknell with a depleted squad to play a multi-national side and the local-born team battled well against bigger opposition.Clevedon played up the slope in the first half and gave a dogged performance, but Bracknell took the lead after 10 minutes with a converted try from a catch and drive from a line-out.They increased their advantage with a penalty, but Clevedon began to get into the game and their forwards were prominent in rucks and mauls.Their pick-up and driving was good, but unfortunately a dropped pass in midfield resulted in a fly-kick being turned into seven points.Clevedon were 17-0 down at half time and were full of optimism for the second. They were solid in scrums, but the line-out was in disarray and forwards John Pearce, Kevin Soper, James Shopland and Mark Hooper played well.Neil O'Rourke, a late replacement, served the team well and the defence in midfield of Tom O'Rourke, Ashley Vailes and Tom Thie was outstanding. Despite these heroics, Bracknell turned over possession to score a converted try.Clevedon knew their luck was out when going over for a try, the final pass was intercepted, resulting in a length of the field converted try for the hosts. A break from the base of the scrum saw James Shopland's pass intercepted, resulting in another Bracknell try.To their credit, Neil Tucker and his men never gave up, but Clevedon had a player yellow carded which did not help their cause and Bracknell ended with two late tries, one from a catch and drive at a line-out and the other from a swift handling movement.On Saturday, Clevedon are away to Reading with new player-coach Mark Jones making his debut. The coach leaves at 10.30am.

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