Clevedon 16 Avonmouth 10
21st November 2015
By Will Carpenter
Team: T.Thie, M.Lowis, A.Rice, M.Taylor, O.James, W.Carpenter, J.Mortimore, B.Largenton, J.Williams, B.Bosley, T.Statton, D.Rawle(c), H.Foley, O.Biggins, J.Davis. Replacements: N.Tucker, J.Russell, D.Ashfield.
Heroic defensive effort fires Clevedon to derby victory at the Vale
A VALIANT defensive display inspired Clevedon to a 16-10 derby day victory over Avonmouth at Coleridge Vale on Saturday. Read the rest of Will Carpenter's report here.
Before all the tense excitement on the pitch, there was a lovely pre-match meal sponsored by Choice Cleaning Company who also sponsored the match ball.
The blazers were out in force as word spread about the gastro treat in store. A warm-up speech by President Thomas laid the foundations for a happy and smiling Adrian John. Clevedon's sponsorship and Fundraising guru thanked the sponsors for their support over the many years they'd been associated with the club. Although not suited and booted (Ade is also the touch judge) his words went down well with everyone present, despite a few noisy Blazer Types trying put him off - we know who you are!
An entertaining forty minutes in the company of some Avonmouth Blazers, who won all the raffle prizes by the way, ended just before kick off. With the pleasantries over, there was a frantic rush to get togged up before the game. The strong cold wind outside caught a few out. Gloves had been forgotten, wind proof tops left behind and shiny shoes worn instead of boots. Cold beer and a cold wind had some nipping back to the gents at regular intervals.
The action on the pitch was warming enough though. Clevedon put Avonmouth under the cosh in the first half, playing with the wind away from Sulley Corner. The second half saw Avonmouth do the same to Clevedon and those supporters that had swapped ends at half time didn't see much more of the game as the gloom descended. Clevedon were given a fright, but held for a fine local derby win.
Tim Statton, a former Clevedon Junior player coached by Weave and Clevedon's latest signing from Gordano, forgot who he was playing for during the frantic minutes near the end of the game. Shouting "Come on Gords", he failed to impress his new team mates and suffered the consequences afterwards. His Dad was lucky not to suffer as well as he was heard shouting "Come on Gordano" when Clevedon were defending a searching cross field kick to the corner. Welcome Tim and family!
No doubt they won't make the same mistake again.
Next week, the 1st XV are away to Teignmouth. The coach leaves at 11:00. The 2nd XV are at home to Bristol Harlequins, kick off 14:30
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