New coach gets a close-up view

PUBLISHED: 12:02 30 January 2007 | UPDATED: 10:32 24 May 2010

THIS game was lost in the first half hour as Clevedon were without captain Neil Tucker and Mark Hooper, but this was the debut game for new player-coach Mark Jones

Reading 71 pts Clevedon 11 ptsTHIS game was lost in the first half hour as Clevedon were without captain Neil Tucker and Mark Hooper, but this was the debut game for new player-coach Mark Jones.Clevedon took the lead with a penalty by Steve Johnson, but pressure on their line resulted in a charged-down kick which led to the opening converted try. Clevedon hit back with a second penalty by Johnson, but missed tackles in midfield let in Reading for an easy try.Clevedon struggled in the scrums with the front row under great pressure and turn-over ball produced a converted try and a blindside break produced another.Too many first-time tackles were missed and a player yellow-carded did not help their cause as Reading increased their lead from a catch and drive from a line-out.To make matters worse, Clevedon had a man sent off for alleged stamping and Reading were awarded a penalty try which was converted on half-time.Clevedon played better in the second half, but Reading added another catch and drive converted try. A quick bit of thinking by Ashley Vailes saw a fine break which ended with a try by Johnson, but Reading scored three more converted tries for a comprehensive win.The introduction of Tony Dauncey to the front row gave more stability and the back row of Jones and Shopland looked good going forward, but not on the back foot as they had been for most of the game. There were outstanding performances by Johnson and Vailes.On Saturday, Clevedon entertain league leaders Mounts Bay, kick-off 2.30pm.

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