Chard 30 Clevedon 19
6th December 2013
By Mike Thomas
Team: M.Lowis, J.Tucker, D.Price, M.Taylor, O.James, T.Thie (c), G.Towers, A.Giltrow, B.Kemp, J.Steadman, W.Cooper, W.Trollop, H.Foley, H.Russell, D.Rawle. Replacements: J.Potts, B.Bosley, S.Cawley.
Clevedon started brightly and the game flowed from end to end. It was obvious early on that Clevedon were going to struggle in the scrums.
Chard took the lead with a converted try as a result of a rolling maul. A lost turnover ball resulted in a second try for the hosts.
Clevedon's heads did not go down and a blindside move engineered a try for captain Tom Thie, which Mike Taylor converted. Before the break Chard increased their lead with a penalty.
From the restart, Chard went further ahead with a catch and drive try from a lineout. Chard were playing to their strength, which was their pack. It was baffling that Clevedon kept driving into their pack instead of getting the ball out wide.
A great interception by Tom Thie produced Clevedon's second try, which Taylor converted. The score now being 20-14 meant it was game on. Clevedon were battling against the odds and another converted try for Chard seemed to seal the game, but Clevedon were having none of it. From good forward pressure Harley Foley went over for a try.
Chard then made the game safe with a penalty.
Clevedon, in the dying minutes, strove to get a losing bonus point, but it was not to be. The final whistle went with Clevedon camped on the Chard line. Head coach Nick Hill commented that "it was a difficult afternoon with lots of effort, but sadly the last pass let us down."
Next week, Clevedon are at home to Hornets. The kick off is at 14:30, preceded by a Vice President's lunch at 13:30. The second team are away to Chard and the thirds are at home to WSM.
6th December 2013
By Nick Hill