Hornets youngsters defeat Chippenham for the first time

PUBLISHED: 09:06 17 February 2017 | UPDATED: 09:06 17 February 2017

Try time for Connor Bristow.

Try time for Connor Bristow.

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Hornets Under-16s defeated Chippenham for the first time ever in a entertaining encounter at The Nest.

Hornets Under-16s hosted Chippenham who they had never previously beaten, but ran out deserved 26-12 winners.

A sloppy line-out on the home try line allowed an overthrow to be collected by Chippenham to score an unconverted try in the first five minutes.

To their credit, Hornets took the game to their visitors and put together some great passages of play, with Luke Collins running a direct line to crash over and level the scores. Chippenham came back strongly, but the Hornets defence was outstanding shutting down their powerful players. Hornets finished the half on top with Collins scoring his second, which was converted by Bradley Lucas.

The second half saw Hornets continue to put together their best performance of the season. The solid defence continued to prevent Chippenham getting into their stride and the phase play was great to see the whole team working well together.

With Chippenham on the attack in midfield, Collins read the play and intercepted on halfway and sprinted clear to score his third of the game, converted by Charlie Fairhurst.

Chippenham got themselves back in to the game scoring a well-worked try. However, to cap of a sublime personal performance, Collins collected the ball just inside the visitors’ half, chipped over the defence and beat the last defender to score under the posts for his fourth and final try, converted by Lucas.

The Under-14s hosted Avonmouth and the game kicked off with both teams playing some well-organised rugby.

The first score came from a penalty awarded to Avonmouth to take the lead. After the restart, a good piece of passing play got the ball out to Tyler Goddard, who made a great run to score under the posts, enabling Jake Riccardo to slot home the conversion.

With both teams competing well in all areas, Hornets upped the pressure with some strong carries from Ross Hooper, Correy Gibbons and Kieran Robinson. But it was another well-timed pass that enabled Goddard to run in his second try of the day, increasing the lead to 12-3.

At the restart, Avonmouth came back strongly and a powerful run through the middle saw them score a converted try to claw the score back.

The game continued to be a close match and both teams fought hard for the win. Hornets were able to take the next scoring opportunity with Will Staynings touching down.

In the dying moments of the game, Avonmouth managed to drive over to take the score to 17-15, but a missed conversion allowed Hornets to hold on to the final whistle.

Weston Under-14s emerged victorious against a much-improved Bridgwater side.

A try and three conversions by Hayden Main, one try by Ash Shepherd and two from Tom Burge proved to be enough.

Open-side flanker Ethan Kirkham made a significant defensive contribution in a great team effort led by Matthew James. Important try-saving tackles were made by Ed Land, Isaac Bliss and Corey Turnbull. Player of the match went to Ash Shepherd for an all-action performance.

The Under-12s played host to Hornets, in what proved to be one of the closest games this season.

Hornets started the stronger of the two, with a brace of tries within the first five minutes. Weston’s response was quick and effective with a superb solo run from the halfway line from Thomas, beating four players before touching down.

Weston’s latest signing, Ollie, made his presence felt with a number of surging runs, creating both havoc for the visitors and opportunities for the hosts. This determination paid off with a try in his first full game for Weston.

Both teams showcased some excellent rugby, with individual runs and tackles, to superb linking play involving their respective teams. Two further tries followed for Weston, from Ryan and Dylan, bringing the final score to 4-4.

Man of the match for Weston was Ollie.

The Under-9s hosted neighbours Hornets on a bitterly cold morning. Missed tackles, loose passes and dropped balls allowed the visitors to open up a big lead in the first game and in the end, Hornets ran in seven tries without response.

Game two was a much tighter affair and Weston started to find their form. Ashleigh Truscott ran hard at the opposition and combined well with the excellent Abi Brown, who scored two tries.

Connor Bristow had a superb game and ran strongly and scored first for Weston and also set up a fantastic try for Andy Grinham, who showed great pace to score in the corner.

Joly Gaulton was full of elusive running and combined well with Charlie Calcutt, who also scored for the hosts as they edged this encounter 5-4.

Game three saw Sam and Oliver Morgan run hard at the opposition and it was Sam who was rewarded with a try. Hornets were once more at their strong running best in this game and despite brave tackling from Finlay Stitch, Will Stiddard and Corey Draper, they ran in seven tries.

After some good running from Sam Bishop and Josh Kaschek, Calcutt again scored for the home side, but it was not enough to prevent the loss.

The final game was a much closer encounter and both sides tackled hard as the pace slowed after a hard morning’s rugby. Morgan Andreozzi-Inganni attacked well for Weston, but they failed to respond to Hornets two tries, which was enough for the win.

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