Ravens slip to second defeat
Nailsea & Backwell travelled to Imperial for a League/Cup dual fixture
Imperial took an early lead charging over the line from 5 metres out and a conversion.
Nailsea battled back with Louis Wait crossing the line only to be held up.
Moments later Nick Badcock crossed the Imperial try line, but yet again judged to be held up.
Imperial were pulled up for a ridiculously high tackle and found themselves down to 14 men, Nailsea kicked for the line and used the driving maul from the lineout with Ryan Barrow peeling off to charge over (7-5)
Imperial responded and the Ravens gave away a penalty in front of the posts for not rolling away (10-5), but the youngsters had their tails in the air and were beginning to use the width of the pitch. From inside their own half quick hands saw the ball reach James Cleave out wide on the left wing, turning the Imperial defence, a sublime offload from Cleave inside to Ryan Barrow opened up the space, Barrow beat the last three defenders to score under the posts, converted try (10-12)
The second half once again saw James Cleave fix the defensive line with a deft back hand offload to a charging Harrison Gould who beat another two defenders and survived another ridiculous high tackle not spotted by the ref to score under the posts, converted try (10-19)
Imperial were looking rattled, but it was Nailseas poor discipline that saw them marched up the pitch, resulting in the Loss of Captain Luke Caswell. Five metres out and the Hosts, with a huge weight advantage, opted for a scrum. Push over try unconverted (15-19)
Discipline continued to be the downfall of the Ravens and a scrum from halfway saw Imperial display some great support rugby and good hands to unlock the Nailsea defence, converted try (22-19)
More pressure from imperial found them contesting a lineout 5 metres from the Nailsea line, once again using the weight advantage to catch and drive, converted try (29-19)
Nailsea found themselves defending desperately, but again discipline let them down. Imperial relied on the trusty scrum to secure good ball and exploit the blind side for the last try of the game (36-19)
Nailsea host Minehead next week, celebrating their traditional Pink Ladies Charity Day