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Clevedon RFC 15- Bridgwater & Albion RFC – 31 – Match Report

| 12/11/2023

Clevedon RFC 15- Bridgwater & Albion RFC – 31

Bridgwater and Albion RFC produced one of their best performances of the season to beat Clevedon.  Clevedon were above them in the league and Bridgwater & Albion RFC sent their large contingent of travelling supporters back down the M5 with plenty to celebrate.

Before the start of the match, that was played in very wet and muddy conditions, the players and supporters observed a minutes silence to remember the fallen from the two world wars.

When play did get underway it was Clevedon who claimed the early possession.  After five minutes Bridgwater started to create pressure and won a scrum well into home territory.  Shortly after the visitors were awarded a penalty which was narrowly missed.

Bridgwater & Albion RFC takes the lead

In the 14th minute Bridgwater took the lead after a good break by James Collings.  He passed to Kyran Devitt who went over for a try which he then converted.

The visitors extended their lead following a sustained period of pressure Alex Knight ran through to score to the left of the posts, which Devitt again added the extras to.

Clevedon came back strongly and a series of moves saw them close to the try line but the Bridgwater defence was able to clear and relieve the pressure.

Clevedon RFC kept up the pressure

On the half hour Clevedon worked their way back up the field and won a scrum close to the Bridgwater line from which Jonathan Hicks went over in the corner.

The visitors responded strongly and following a forceful run through the middle by Tom Croal the ball was passed to Devitt who went over for a try in the left hand corner.

Once again Clevedon responded well through a series of moves and created pressure on the Albion line, but the danger was repelled.

Harrison Cornish in for the try

With half time approaching a series of good moves involving the Albion’s backs resulted in Harrison Cornish crashing over to the left of the posts for a try which Devitt converted which made the score 26-5 to the visitors at the break.

Clevedon started strongly after the interval and after two minutes they were awarded a penalty which Ethan Thomas slotted home.

The home side threatened the Bridgwater line on several occasions but were held at bay by the strong defence.

The visitors kept on the attack and it was from a Clevedon clearance that the hosts second try came. Jon Giltrow hacked forward and chased the ball from deep in his own half before scoring a try which Thomas converted making the score 15-26.

George Sluman dives for a try

In the last few minutes the Clevedon forwards were in the ascendancy at the scrum,  but a long kick from well inside their own half to touch by Jay Owens close to the line resulted in George Sluman diving over for an unconverted try making the final score 31-15 to Bridgwater.

This coming Saturday second in the table Longlevens are the visitors at College Way, who will provide another good challenge for this ever improving Bridgwater side.

Bridgwater & Albion RFC

1. Ben. Howden 2. Jordan Buller 3. Alex.Hannah 4. Tom West 5. Harrison Cornish 6. Alex Knight 7. George Sluman 8. Taylor Buller 9. Jake Knight 10. Jake Owens 11. Danny Mahoney 12. James Collings 13. Lewis Plece 14. Tom Croal and Kyran Devitt

Replacements all used- 16. Graham Slorance 17. Tom Hopkins 18 Aiden Robinson

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