Three out of three for Hornets youngsters

HORNETS Under-12s were proudly wearing their new kit when they took on local rivals Yatton at Hutton Moor.

HORNETS Under-12s were proudly wearing their new kit when they took on local rivals Yatton at Hutton Moor.

Hornets’ pack of Louie Vernacombe, Josh Entwistle, Adam Dover, Brandon Robinson, Jack Richardson and Paddy Holyday started well and soon scored when Holyday won the ball for Bryn Solomon to dive over, converted by Jordan Humphris.

The backs began to string some passes together. Spencer Coe, Thomas Cocking, Bryn Turner and Alex Francis all inter-passing to allow Blake Williams to crash over, converted by Humprhis, soon followed by a converted try for Humprhis.

Further tries were scored by Holyday and Robinson, both converted by Humprhis to give Hornets a 35-0 lead at the break.

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The second game saw the rest of the squad enter the fray, Liam Fitzpatrick, Jacob Parkman and Jack Mohide, all playing their part. Hornets’ first try came from Esme Bird, who powered over for a try.

Yatton then played some good rugby and solid defence by the Hornets’ backs of Keane Williams, Tiah Lauder and Harry Taylor, kept the visitors out.

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Strong runs by both wingers Matthew Balcombe and Freddie Dolcezza, kept the ball going forward. With strong rucking and mauling, Hornets moved up the field with Jacob Parkman on the ball and Bird scored her second, converted by Williams for a final score of 12-0.

The third and final game saw Hornets win 28-0 with tries by Solomon, Williams and Cocking, all converted by Jordan. From a line-out close to the line, a classic move and Holyday crashed over, converted by Humphris.

Hornets Under-12s would like to thank Jason King Glazing for his support in providing new kit for the team. Jason, an ex-mini, junior, colt and senior club captain is keen to encourage the latest young players.

The Under-9s hosted Yatton, who scored first, but then with tries from Tom Reid and Reef Morton, went into half time 2-1 up.

Aiden McComisky put in a try saving tackle and Harry McFarling made his debut showing solid defence. Hornets then took the game away from Yatton with further tries from Reid, Morton and an excellent effort up the wing from Adam Dawood. Despite a couple of late Yatton tries, Hornets won 5-3.

In the second game, further solid defence from Tim Morris, Ben Cooke and Lawrence Pilgrim meant Yatton only scored one try. But they could not stop Morton as he scored four times and Hornets won the second game 4-1.

The Under-14s first home game of the New Year was against Old Reds. Every member of the squad of 21 players was involved in a convincing 53-7 win.

The Hornets were dominant from the start, their forwards creating a good spring board from which the threes were able to use to good advantage scoring six of the seven tries in the first half.

Try scorers were Gareth Brock (2), Kieran Manning (2) and one each for Jacob Swain and Jamie Hoare. The seventh try went to the hooker Curtis Langdon. Four of these tries were converted by Manning.

The second half started with Old Reds on the offensive, with the Hornets having to defend strongly. Although all of the Hornets team were defending well, the tackling from Byron Marriott, Jamie Hoare and Curtis Langdon was outstanding.

The Old Reds were first to score a converted try in the second half. This again spurred the Hornets into action and they finished up with a further two unconverted tries, one to Marriott and the last try of the match to scrum-half Michael Long.

The Under-10s played host to near neighbours Yatton in their first game since mid-November.

In the first of two games, Hornets started strongly with Luke Collins scoring the first two tries. Owen Brake was next on the score sheet with Bradley Lucas scoring the fourth try of the first half.

The second half was a mirror image of the first with Hornets scoring four more unanswered tries. These were scored by Collins (2), Brake and Lois Bird squeezing over for the last try.

This game was full of superb rucking and mauling by Thomas Howling and Sebastian Wood, some sublime running by Tom Cattermole and Mitch Hawkes and some excellent tackling by Nathan Langdon and Ethan Loveridge.

In the second game, Hornets were once again quick off the mark with Charlie Fairhurst scoring first. Ewan McComisky scored next before Fairhurst got his second. Ayden Chenoweth then scored twice before Conner Hill scored a great solo try.

Yatton started the second half by scoring a well deserved try before Hornets wrapped it up with Chenoweth completing his hat trick McComisky scored his second and Rhys Clarke scored the last try.

During this game, Hornets showed of some superb ball movement from Eddie Williams and Lockie Carver-Cox and some strong determine scrummaging by Oscar Browne and Joe Frost.

Hornets Under-6s and 7s played against Yatton with the Under-7s playing two games. The squad of Oscar, Andon, Daniel, Lewis, Charlie, Alex, Roman, Robson, Sam and Thomas, who was making his debut, showed how well they have progressed this season.

Yatton took the first game by one try and Hornets managed to level the series with a win in the final game.

In the Under 6s match, Finley was the first to score. Max then showed his skills to score in the corner. Adam was set up for a try by attacking play by Max and then Daniel bulldozed through to score and Finley touched down in corner. Ollie scored in the same corner and a great break by Rowan in last minute secured a 7-5 win.

In the second match, good tagging by Ollie stopped a certain try, followed by mazy running by Adam to touch down, Adam was on fire and scored a further two tries.

Finley showed good support to score beneath the posts and a great run by Daniel resulted in a try, followed by a try for Finley. Mason put in a excellent overall performance as Hornets won 6-5.

The Under-11s entertained Yatton and got off to a good start, which culminated in Charlie going over for a try, which he converted. Again the pack, including Thomas, Lewis and Andrew, demonstrated their strength and Nick made the most of his chances to score a try.

Yatton broke away to score, but good defensive work by Jordon and Michael ensured that was their only one of the match and Hornets won 14-5. Making his debut for the team was Aiden De-Bruin, who showed great potential.

Hornets carried on in the second match much as they did in the first and produced a good attacking game, while not forgetting their defensive skills.

Dan worked hard in defence and credit must go to Jake who again showed off his tackling abilities. Hornets were rewarded with three tries from Ieuan, Jack and Josh. These were converted by Charlie and Hornets won 21-7.

WESTON Under-7s started at a good pace against Bridgwater and were rewarded with an early try from Tom Blythe.

Jacob Simpson scored a great try, but Bridgwater came back with a try, but Blythe scored again to make it 3-1 at the break.

The second half was a closer affair, with early scores from William Flavin and Cameron Cornish. Bridgwater responded with two tries before Flavin supported George Nuttycombe, who ran the length of the pitch to score, making the final score 6-4 to Weston.

In the second game, Weston really put on a show. Excellent tagging by Luke Edwards and Tom Collard led to a great try by Hew Matthews. Danny Bamsey ran the length of the pitch, only to be tagged by Bridgwater on the line, but Nuttycoombe was on hand to score. Further tries by William Flavin and Danny led to a final score of 8-0.

The Under-10s saw them take on a mixed side at Bridgwater. The hosts scored first, but Josh Edwards soon equalised. Weston worked well with Joe Harper and Mateo Turvey probing the Bridgwater line. Two tries by Harper gave Weston a 3-1 lead at the break.

The second half saw Weston seal victory. A break by Lewis Hicks was prevented, but this led to a Jack Nicholds try. Bridgwater replied swiftly, but this was equalled by Hicks. Again Weston defended well with some superb play by Will Durston at scrum-half and a cracking try saving tackle by Jack Schafer, but somehow Bridgwater scored again as Weston held out to win 5-3.

A combined Weston Under-9s and 10s side played at Bridgwater, captained this week by Keelan Hodges Swales. Jack Press got the game off to a brilliant start by scoring the first try.

There was good play from Keelan then and Jack Press before Harrison Land scored an excellent second try for Weston.

In the second half, Lewis Paterson, Hayden Main, Joe Connelly and Liam Horsnell all had good games, well supported by Taylor, Billy and Oliver as Weston ran out 4-2 winners.

Man of the match was Jack Press, who will captain next week.

WINSCOMBE Under-12s travelled to Nailsea & Backwell and confidence was high after recent results, but they were beaten twice in two games.

This was short lived as Nailsea ran in three unanswered tries in the first half. The Winscombe scrum was working well with two strikes taken against the head and Gabe Bell had a good run down the wing, but it was the home side that dominated.

At half-time, Winscombe regrouped and came out a different side. Again, Combe took a scrum against the head and scrum-half George Marsh broke free, but the support was too slow to capitalise.

There was some great tackling from the Winscombe side, especially Sam White and Thomas Amer. Marsh came closest to scoring after Winscombe were awarded a penalty, but was tackled just short of the line as Nailsea won 28-0.

The second game did not start well when Nailsea scored from the kick-off. Scrum-half Marsh continued to be Winscombe’s best player, making gains and tackling superbly.

The home side scored again, but Winscombe fought back and scored from a line-out when Joe Hartshorne stole the ball and ran through to touch down.

In the second half, the visitors kept up the momentum with some excellent play. Marsh picked up from another good ‘Combe scrum. He beat the defence and crossed for the second try. Nailsea came back at the visitors and after some tremendous pressure, Winscombe succumbed to a final score to the home side, losing 21-14.

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