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Bradford on Avon U18
Avonvale Colts A
Sun 10 Sep 14:00 - League Full time Attendance 100

Avonvale Colts A win the first league game of the season in an hard fought match

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Avonvale were made to work hard to overcome very determined opposition

Avonvale for the first time in their history have two colts teams competing in the D&W U18 merit table. The following report is of the A teams hard fought victory over local rivals Bradford on Avon U18. Conditions were somewhat unusual for early September with a really strong wind and driving rain with Avonvale playing with the wind in the first half. We did not secure the BOA kickoff and consequently were under severe pressure for the first quarter just about holding out with an organised defence and strong tackling. Gradually working back up the field to press the BOA line. This time it was BOA's turn to provide determined defence which was finally broken after continuous forward pressure finally leading to George Kettlety crashing over and the try was converted by Nye. BOA struck back almost immediately with a kick ahead secured by their very quick fullback, who could not be caught, scoring close enough to the posts to enable it to be converted.
It looked as if that score would remain as neither side could break the other until Will Able kicked into space chased and kicked and scored an individual try which again was converted.
The second half continued in the same manner with ferocious tackling from both sides and Avonvale giving away opportunities with some rusty handling but eventually managed a score in the corner from captain Kieran Cunningham picking up from the base of the scrum. We put together a great passage of supporting play culminating in a further try by Ciaran Shapeero. As BOA came back with every increasing momentum we got on the wrong side of the referee and gave away too many penalties eventually the pressure led to an unconverted try but Kieran rallied his troops to get out momentum back. BOA had one of their backs yellow carded for a high tackle which looked bad, but their was no intent and was exasperated by the height difference of the two players. Unfortunately in one of our forward drives Luke Cotton suffered a shoulder injury later diagnosed as a collar bone broken in two places and we all wish him a speedy recovery.
The match ended with Avonvale camped close to the BOA try line were they were relieved to hear the final whistle. It was a thoroughly enjoyable match played by two side in good spirit but with huge intensity, a credit to rugby

The second half continued in the same manner with ferocious tackling from both sides and Avonvale giving away opportunities with some rusty handling but eventually managed a score in the corner from captain Kieran Cunningham picking up from the base of the scrum. We put together a great passage of supporting play culminating in a further try by Ciaran Shapeero. As BOA came back with every increasing momentum we got on the wrong side of the referee and gave away too many penalties eventually the pressure led to an unconverted try but Kieran rallied his troops to get out momentum back. BOA had one of their backs yellow carded for a high tackle which looked bad, but their was no intent and was exasperated by the height difference of the two players. Unfortunately in one of our forward drives Luke Cotton suffered a shoulder injury later diagnosed as a collar bone broken in two places and we all wish him a speedy recovery.
The match ended with Avonvale camped close to the BOA try line were they were relieved to hear the final whistle. It was a thoroughly enjoyable match played by two side in good spirit but with huge intensity, a credit to rugby

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