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Corsham RFC
J Leeming
J Batchelor
J Batchelor
Wed 28 Mar 19:15 - Cup Full time

Avon’s Cup Hopes Thwarted

A disastrous first quarter saw Avon concede an unassailable lead to Corsham in this delayed quarter final clash in the Bath Combination Vase.

Having reshuffled their team with 5 first choice regulars missing, Avon hoped for a stable start but unfortunately suffered the opposite. An early Corsham penalty from Kalif Barnes opened the scoring, then a wayward relieving Avon kick was adroitly fielded by Corsham to create a simple overlap for a try in the corner by Kyran Broughton.
The home side, who staged the match at Melksham’s impressive facilities, then extended their lead still further with their second try from a well-rehearsed lineout drive for Wes Newson to touch down. 5 minutes later, another misjudged defensive kick allowed Corsham to launch a devastating counter-attack with great support play resulting in Barnes crossing for another try in the corner.
With the conversion added for a 20 point lead after only 20 minutes play, Avon were left staring down the barrel. With Josh Harding-Wyatt putting in a man-of-the-match performance as a makeshift prop and Josh Hiscoff and Ian Burnell making the hard yards up front, Avon gradually started to build some concerted pressure.
This created the position for Jonny Batchelor to slot a penalty, then some swift hands saw winger James Leeming sprint over for a try, converted by Batchelor just before half time to reduce the deficit to 10 points.
This scoreline remained the same for the first 30 minutes of the second half as both teams’ defences cancelled each other out, hindered by the biting wind and the greasy ball which often led to turnovers and breakdowns. Although Tom Boreham and Alex Gapper threatened with some powerful runs, Avon found it difficult to maintain any real continuity and too often fell foul of some critical decisions.
Finally, as the end neared, Corsham put the result emphatically beyond doubt with their 4th try again scored by Newson to progress to the next round where they play Combe Down for a place in the final on the Rec.

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Josh Hardin-Wyatt

Player of the Match

Josh Hardin-Wyatt

Key moments

Penalty Jonathon Batchelor kicks a penalty for Avon
Try James Leeming scores for Avon
Conversion Jonathon Batchelor kicks a conversion for Avon


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78:00 Player of the Match
Josh Hardin-Wyatt is awarded player of the match for Avon
77:00 Sub Off
Sam Book is substituted off for Avon
77:00 Sub On
Zac Holbrook is substituted on for Avon
65:00 Sub Off
Josh Hardin-Wyatt is substituted off for Avon
65:00 Sub On
Chris Sawyer is substituted on for Avon
60:00 Sub Off
Ian Burnell is substituted off for Avon
60:00 Sub On
Will Hayward is substituted on for Avon
End of period 1
37:00 Conversion 0 - 10
Jonathon Batchelor kicks a conversion for Avon
37:00 Try 0 - 8
James Leeming scores for Avon
30:00 Penalty 0 - 3
Jonathon Batchelor kicks a penalty for Avon
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  • Corsham RFC
  • Avon
  • 0
  • Jonathon Batchelor Penalty 30:00'
  • James Leeming Try 37:00'
  • Jonathon Batchelor Conversion 37:00'
  • Ian Burnell Sub Off 60:00'
  • Will Hayward Sub On 60:00'
  • Josh Hardin-Wyatt Sub Off 65:00'
  • Chris Sawyer Sub On 65:00'
  • Sam Book Sub Off 77:00'
  • Zac Holbrook Sub On 77:00'

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