A steady start to the season with an away win.
Changes in the lineup with the emphasis on youth pays off at Old Bristolians
Old Bristolians 28 Chew Valley 31
A tight contest was shaded by the visitors thanks to a late try from winger Joe Webb.New combinations at scrum half and in the centre looked promising for Chew Valley, with former Bath academy 9, Ben Mead, making a first start and not afraid to boss his pack.
Callum Bartlett played a full 80 at tight head after veteran Jonny Eves pulled up lame in the warm up.
Playing down the slope fullback, Joe Cowell, scored in the corner after 4 minutes but the offloading game proved fruitfull for Old B's all day and centre Lewis Frank crossed for a try converted by fly-half Rory Davies. Alex Cameron at 10 for the visitors added three penalties and a conversion of a try from Chew's man of the match , Matthew Blacker, in the second row to see Chew Valley 21 to 7 at the break.
Too many penalties and a yellow card for skipper, Alex Cox, let Bristolians back into the game and with territory came scores from winger Jamie Durston and sleight of hand put replacement hooker, Jon Whitman, in from 25 metres. Both tries were converted by Davies for a lead that the hosts would hold onto before Cox led a late assault. With a strong carry and Mead spinning the ball wide, Joe Webb on the wing converted a rare chance for the wining score converted by Cameron to add to a second half penalty score.
Written by Andrew Tanner.