1st Team Match Report
20 points kicked by Kieran !
NEWENT 1ST XV 23PTS V CLEVEDON 1ST XV. 30PTS.
This was a battle between 3rd and 4th in the league and turned out to be a Christmas cracker. Clevedon took an early lead with a try by Cameron Maslen after a fine break by Dean Ashfield. Kieran Hill converted from the touchline. Newent soon hit back with a push over try wich was converted to level the scores. The game was end to end with multiple big hits being put in. Newent took the lead with a penalty, Hill replied then followed that with a dropped goal. Newent levelled with a penalty to bring the scores to 13 all at the break.
The second half saw Clevedon with the slope advantage and Hill kicked a penalty to put Clevedon back in front. Clevedon then suffered a blow when a chip out of defence by Hill was intercepted and Newent scored a converted try to lead 20-16. Newent then went further ahead with a penalty for 23-16. Clevedon now had their backs to the wall, but showed great team spirit well led by captain Owen Biggins. Hill kicked a penalty for 23-19 and then put in a clever cross field kick to find Harley Foley lurking out on the right wing who gathered the ball to score for Clevedon to lead 24-23. In the final minutes Newent had a player sin binned which gave the Clevedon pack the upper hand and Clevedon ended the game with two penalties from Kieran Hill, including one from his own half, for a hard fought victory on the road.
Head Coach Nick Hill commented 'This was our best team win to date and the lads showed great maturity to close out the game with great performances from the Biggins boys and debutant Matt Fisher'
Next Saturday home to North Petherton k.o.2.30.V.P.'s lunch 1.30.