Confidence-boosting start for Hornets

PUBLISHED: 09:31 29 August 2014 | UPDATED: 09:31 29 August 2014

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Hornets defeated a strong Clifton side 50-12 in their first pre-season friendly of the season.

Hornets 50 pts

Clifton 12 pts

HORNETS travelled to Clifton to take on the National League 2 outfit in their first pre-season match.

With both sides fielding strong first team squads, Hornets got off to an explosive start, with some of Hornets’ big ball carriers Parker, Gadd and Haines causing the Clifton defence problems.

The home side’s defence kept the visitors out until the 15th minute when the Hornets forwards crashed over for the opening score.

The next 20 minutes saw the Hornets pack in the ascendency, particularly at the scrum and a second try saw Hornets post a 12-0 lead at half time. A lead they extended early in the second half with an unconverted try.

With Hornets making various changes and introducing several of lasts years Colts to the game, the Clifton side forced their way back into the game, but despite a period of pressure, Hornets’ defence held firm and two further tries saw them extend the lead to 31-0.

Clifton fought their way back into the game with two tries, but Hornets were able to up the pace again and added three further tries to give an impressive final score of 50-12.

With the new league season looming, this result will provide a massive confidence boost to the young Hornets squad. The next match is an away trip to Chippenham before the league kick off the following week with an away trip to Newton Abbott.

HAVING fine tuned the playing side of the club over the summer, Hornets has also been working hard off the field in order to improve the club facilities for its members.

As well as winning the SW One league title and gaining promotion to National League 3 for the first time in the clubs history, the summer has also seen the construction of an extension to the clubhouse.

This will provide state-of-the-art changing rooms, an indoor training area, a new physio facility, enhanced referees facilities as well as overdue disabled facilities.

As part of the club’s five-year plan, it has been generating funds towards the project, but this has not been enough to fund the £325,000 needed. The club are therefore grateful for two large grants that will enable the project to go ahead.

Firstly, the club has been chosen by the Rugby Football Union to become a ‘Lead Up and Legacy Centre’ for the 2015 Rugby World Cup which is being staged in England and Wales. The grant of £75,000 will confirm a partnership between the RFU and Hornets to be ‘Fit for 15’.

The second grant is from Sport England. Hornets will receive a grant of £50,000 of National Lottery Funding to upgrade the facilities at the club, which has helped thousands of young people to get into sport since it opened its doors in 1963.

Hornets chairman, Paul Davidson said: “We are delighted that our project has won approval for funding, both from the RFU and from Sport England. We will now have some of the best facilities in the area for local people to use throughout the week. The upgrade in quality of our facilities will match the quality of our players and coaches.”

Construction of the new facilities is well advanced and the builders Dri-build have agreed to sponsor the home game against Old Redcliffians on September 28, so they can formally hand over the facilities to the club.

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