Two games for Hornets’ youngsters

Hornets Under-9s entertained Gordano, with two teams both playing two games.

HORNETS Under-9s entertained Gordano, with two teams both playing two games.

Gordano were quick off the mark scoring early points, but Hornets worked well trying to break through the Gordano defence with Louis, Sam and Andon putting in some strong tackles.

Good forward play from Charlie, Robson, Alex, Alfie and Jake saw Hornets reply with tries, but still lost 6-4 after a hard-fought match.

The Under-12s entertained Gordano and in a game littered with mistakes, the boys eked out a hard-fought three tries to nil victory.

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Tries were scored by Bradley and a brace from Oscar and there were strong performances from the pack, especially Owen and Nathan, and from Amy on the wing, who made the best of the little space she had.

The Under-14s welcomed Burnham to Hutton Moor and won a close-fought match 22-5.

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Hornets opened the scoring after good work by Louie Vearncombe, Liam Fitzpatrick and Thomas Cocking set up Bryn Solomon to jink his way to the line.

Good interplay between Jack Mohide and his fellow lock Adam Dover, supported by Alex Francis and Brandon Robinson made inroads and there was solid defence by Jordan Humphris, Blake Williams and Spencer Coe, helped out by Keane Williams and Bryn Turner.

Just before half-time, Jack Richardson’s pick and drive was held up, but Dover was on hand to touch down to give Hornets a 10-0 lead.

After the break, Burnham crossed for a try, but with the fresh legs of Josh Entwistle, Jack Higgins and Freddie Dolcezza all made a stamp on the game. A well-rehearsed tap penalty saw Dover and Francis go close before Richardson barged over.

Hornets’ final try was an interception by Richardson, converted by Humphris right on full-time.

The Under-11s hosted Gordano and in the first half of the first game, they never got going. The second half was much better, helped by big tackles by Reeve Bailey and Mike Stack.

Tom Read used his size to good effect and scored a hat-trick, one try following a great solo effort by Tim Morris. Sam Hughes added a fourth before Gordano scored a try. With Lloyd Chudley showing his football skills by converting twice, Hornets won 24-7.

The second game was similar to the first and Hornets again struggled to pass down the line to get more players involved, but managed to score six tries, with three converted by Bailey.

The try scorers were Keelan Hodges-Swales, Morris (2) and Read (3). Further sloppy passing and more missed tackles resulted in three tries to Gordano as Hornets won the second game 36-19.

The Under-7s welcomed Gordano Sharks to the Nest and it was non-stop, end-to-end action.

With nearly 50 players between the two squads and four available pitches, the decision was made to play five-a-side to enable all the players to get sufficient game time on a frosty morning.

This enabled Hornets to field five teams with the Sharks bringing another three, all with substitutes, which meant everybody got at least 30 minutes of muddy fun before retreating to the warmth of the club for hotdogs.

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The Under-8s welcomed Gordano to a very muddy Nest, where both teams had large squads of 18 and so there were plenty of players to allow two games.

The first match saw the team work hard in defence and attack and closed the half 4-2 behind.

The second half was a tagging frenzy by both teams. Hornets clawed themselves back into the game, but were denied a draw when Gordano scored with the last play of the game. Scorers: Haydn, Louis, Harvey, Oliver, Finley, Adam.

The second game saw players slipping over and spilling the ball, but Gordano seemed to find firmer ground and went into half-time with a healthy 6-0 lead.

The second half saw Hornets up their defence and force turnovers. They also employed a more expansive passing game, but Gordano kept working hard and despite losing the half, they were deserved 9-5 winners.

Scorers: Oliver, Finley (3), Adam. Haydn and Oliver were recognised for their contribution.

WESTON Under-10s made the short trip to neighbours Yatton and enjoyed a fine morning of rugby.

On a generous pitch there was plenty of space to attack and defend the latter of which In a game which see-sawed from end-to-end, Weston scored tries through Alfie Calcutt (2), Charlie Harding, Bradley Robinson and Joel Briffitt.

Despite heroic defending from Weston, Yatton won the contest, scoring nine tries of their own. Calcutt and Dylan Way led the tackle count, well supported by man of the match Ciaran Kelman.

The Under-11s played away to Yatton in an exciting game. Hayden Main captained him team onto the pitch and scored the first try. Jack Press had a brilliant game scoring three tries, one from an excellent move passing to Lewis, who passed it back again to Jack.

Kyron Pearce had an excellent game by scoring two tries and Lewis Paterson also scored two tries. Brilliant running by Dom ensured he was man of the match.

Great team play from Billy Howells, Bailey, Daniel Meadon, Frenchay, Joe Connolly, Liam Horsnell, Marshall Hobb, Taylor Kingston and new man Euan, ensured the final score was 40-5 to Weston.

The Under-8s were welcomed by Yatton and George Nuttycombe assumed the captain’s role with purpose.

In the first game, it was neck and neck for most of the first-half with some superb play from both sides and Yatton went into the break leading 4-3.

Weston scored early in the second half and the passing and tagging was superb and they took the first game 10-7 with tries from William Crane, Jacob Simpson and Thomas Lewis, two apiece for William Flavin and George Nuttycombe and a superb three tries for Ben Crook.

In the second game, Thomas Lewis showed pace, creating some great play and the whole team pushed Yatton back and scored a try. Once again the passing was accurate with the whole team backing each other up.

There were tries a plenty from Flavin, Simpson, Lewis, two for Crane, three more for Crook and a superb five for Nuttycombe.

The lads wanted another game and each side fielded their whole squad on a larger pitch. Weston wanted a clean sheet and bossed the game scoring quickly and once again there was some great inventive play, especially from Crane, Flavin, Nuttycombe and Simpson, to score some great tries.

The game finished 9 -2 to Weston with tries scored by Lewis, Flavin, Crane and Simpson (2) and three for Nuttycombe.

The Under-13s made the short trip to North Bristol for the first meeting of the two clubs in the first round of the Bristol Combination Shield.

Weston were quick out of the blocks when George Bamsey and Jack Howard combined to send Bamsey over for a 5-0 lead. This was soon added to with a converted try from Eddie Davies, his first of four on the day.

Further first-half tries followed from Davies and the home side for a first half score of 17-7 to the visitors, with Archie Tinsley adding one conversion.

After the break, a charging run from Josh Gardner added Weston’s fifth try, soon followed by Davies’ third and Weston’s sixth try. North Bristol, to their credit refused to surrender and scored their second try in the corner to bring the score to 29-12.

Gardner and Jimmy Bamsey had superb games, ably supported by Dan Press, making a welcome comeback at scrum-half and an impressive debutant Kieran Hyde at centre.

Weston added further tries through Bamsey, Howard and Davies’ fourth for a final score of 46-12 to Weston.

The Under-9s travelled to Yatton and played three exciting games. In the first match, Weston played well in the first-half with some excellent tackling, good passing and strong running and soon took the lead through Danny, Tom and Robbie added more tries. Hugh also crashed over the line for a final score of 6-4.

In the second game, Weston played a mixed team from Yatton and Clevedon. This was another exciting game with Sam C setting up good ball and Jayden, Olli and Riley putting in some strong tackles for a final score of 3-3.

In the final game, Weston played Clevedon, who scored three quick tries, but Weston worked hard with good movement off the ball from Sam and Tommy, the final score was 4-2 to Clevedon.

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