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Minehead Barbarians
Avon
Tries
s book, A Gapper, C Sawyer
Conversions
J Batchelor (2)
Penalties
R Fitch
Sat 14 Apr 15:00 - South West Division - Tribute Somerset Premier Full time

Close Win at Minehead

Avon came away from this tough venue with a 22-15 win but were made to work hard by a lively young Minehead side.

Two early tries for Sam Book and Alex Gapper, both converted by Jonny Batchelor, perhaps lulled Avon into a false sense of security. Although playing down the slope and with the wind, they were guilty of not taking their chances and over-complicating the situation.

With Minehead looking to move the ball at every opportunity, it was no surprise when they scored a try and a penalty to close the gap to 14-8 at half time.

Then, dominating long spells of the action after the break, they moved the ball wide well and threatened on the outside, twice being denied scores only by try-saving tackles from man-of-the-match Batchelor. Meanwhile, Avon's forward power was rewarded as Chris Sawyer finished off a catch and drive to crash over for a try in the corner.

Minehead V Avon 1st 14/4/2018
43 photos

Not to be outdone, Minehead reduced the deficit to 4 points with another converted try to set up an intriguing finish. Using their strong bench well, Avon gradually took control and closed out the game with a late penalty from Rob Fitch to leave their hosts with a well-deserved losing bonus point.

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Jonathon Batchelor

Player of the Match

Jonathon Batchelor

Key moments

14:00
Try scott book scores for Avon
15:00
Conversion Jonathon Batchelor kicks a conversion for Avon
25:00
Try Alex Gapper scores for Avon
26:00
Conversion Jonathon Batchelor kicks a conversion for Avon
60:00
Try Chris Sawyer scores for Avon
75:00
Penalty Robert Fitch kicks a penalty for Avon

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Minehead V Avon 1st 14/4/2018
43 photos

Highlights

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79:00 Player of the Match
Jonathon Batchelor is awarded player of the match for Avon
75:00 Penalty 0 - 22
Robert Fitch kicks a penalty for Avon
60:00 Try 0 - 19
Chris Sawyer scores for Avon
56:00 Sub Off
Glen Atherton is substituted off for Avon
56:00 Sub On
Robert Fitch is substituted on for Avon
55:00 Sub Off
Ian Burnell is substituted off for Avon
55:00 Sub On
Chris Sawyer is substituted on for Avon
End of period 1
26:00 Conversion 0 - 14
Jonathon Batchelor kicks a conversion for Avon
25:00 Try 0 - 12
Alex Gapper scores for Avon
15:00 Conversion 0 - 7
Jonathon Batchelor kicks a conversion for Avon
14:00 Try 0 - 5
scott book scores for Avon
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As it happened

  • Minehead Barbarians
  • Avon
  • 0
  • scott book Try 14:00'
  • Jonathon Batchelor Conversion 15:00'
  • Alex Gapper Try 25:00'
  • Jonathon Batchelor Conversion 26:00'
  • Ian Burnell Sub Off 55:00'
  • Chris Sawyer Sub On 55:00'
  • Glen Atherton Sub Off 56:00'
  • Robert Fitch Sub On 56:00'
  • Chris Sawyer Try 60:00'
  • Robert Fitch Penalty 75:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Gordano 24 105
2. Wiveliscombe 24 103
3. Avon 24 95
4. Weston-s-Mare II 24 87
5. Imperial 24 84
6. Old Redcliffians II 24 75
7. Nailsea & Backwell 24 59

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