Clevedon 36 Sidmouth 19
20th April 2013
By Mike Thomas
Team: M.Lowis, O.James, D.Ashfield, M.Taylor, M.Winter, H.Knowles, G.Towers, D.Vivian, J.Williams, B.Bosley, S.Hunt (c), A.Blundell, J.Shopland, H.Russell, D.Rawle. Replacements: J.Trudgan, N.Tucker, T.Thie.
With both sides in the comfort zone, they played entertaining rugby before a large crowd on a sunny afternoon.
Clevedon had the early pressure and soon took the lead with an excellent try by Mike Lowis, man of the match, after good lines of running by the backs. This was converted by Mike Taylor. Sidmouth hit back with a try from a 5 metre scrum, which was converted.
Clevedon, always looking to run the ball, took a quick tapped penalty resulting in a try in the corner by Dean Ashfield. Clevedon struggled early on in the scrums, but always looked dangerous when running the ball wide.
Alistair Blundell was the next on the scoresheet with a barnstorming run of 40 metres for a try in the corner, which Taylor converted for Clevedon to lead 19-7 at the break.
Clevedon started the second half in fine style with a break by Mike Lowis, putting Oscar James in for a try, which Taylor converted. Clevedon, now with their tails up, increased their lead with a try by Mike Winter. Their final try was scored by James Davis on his return from a long term injury.
If Clevedon thought the game was all over they were mistaken. Sidmouth, known for never giving up, hit back with two late tries, one being converted.
Head coach Nick Hill was pleased with the general play and attitude of the players with special mention of Ali Blundell, Steve Hunt, James Davis and the outstanding Mike Lowis. In fairness they all deserved a mention.
Next Saturday the Colts are at home to Frampton Cotterell. The kick off is at 15:00.
The 3rd XV home game this Saturday against Chew Valley 2nd XV has been postponed until Wednesday, 1st May at 18:30.
Well Nick what away to end the season. It was obvious that the players brushed aside the cobwebs from the previous Saturday and got out of the spiders web.
Cobweb corner were happy and enjoyed themselves so much that the Hawthorns bus kept going round Coleridge Vale until, in the end, gave up and took some of the younger players home who could not stand the pace like the old ones.
Joking aside Nick, well done. Next season we will be a year older so God knows what state we will be in.
20th April 2013
By Nick Hill
This last game win should see the coach smiling.