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J Batchelor
Sat 17 Mar 14:30 - South West Division - Tribute Somerset Premier Full time

Avon Agonisingly Denied in Top Table Clash

Avon almost pulled off the double against table topping Wiviliscombe but were defeated by a last ditch 50m penalty writes Clive Book

Despite the constant snowfall and bitter wind this match between the top two teams in the league proved to be highly entertaining. Avon won the toss and chose to play up the slope in the first half. The hosts had the better of the early exchanges as Avon struggled to build momentum with too many unforced error giving possession back to the home side at key moments. Wivvy open the score when to their credit they turned down a simple 3 points in front of the posts to run a tap penalty move which resulted in them crashing over under the posts for a converted try.

Throughout the game the Avon defence was outstanding as Wivvy used their big forwards to crash up time and time again only to be repelled by a defence in which Josh Harding-Wyatt was outstanding. Avon started to find their rhythm in the second quarter and were rewarded by a Batchelor penalty to put them back in touch at half time.

With the benefit of the slope in the second half Avon started to take the game to the hosts with Ian Burnell and Josh Hiscocks making big inroads into the defence and Alex Gapper snipping from scrum half. It only seemed a matter of time before Avon would score and with 10 mins to go they did just that when following a numbers of drives starting in their own half Gapper fed Rory Crowther who offloaded to fellow teenager Sam Wykes who powered through two tackles to score.

All Avon had to do now was see the game out but with 3 mins to go the ref awarded a penalty for hands in a ruck on halfway and the Wivvy fullback put it over to take the victory and extend their unbeaten home run.

Avon have another hard fixture this Saturday when they visit other promotion hopefuls Gordano. Then on Weds they will also travel to Melksham to play Corsham in the Combination cup.

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Alex Gapper

Player of the Match

Alex Gapper

Key moments

Penalty Jonathon Batchelor kicks a penalty for Avon
Try Sam W scores for Avon


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79:00 Player of the Match
Alex Gapper is awarded player of the match for Avon
70:00 Try 0 - 8
Sam W scores for Avon
61:00 Sub On
Ben Hurd is substituted on for Avon
60:00 Sub Off
Will Hayward is substituted off for Avon
50:00 Sub Off
Chaz Meddick is substituted off for Avon
50:00 Sub On
Ian Burnell is substituted on for Avon
End of period 1
24:00 Penalty 0 - 3
Jonathon Batchelor kicks a penalty for Avon
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As it happened

  • Wiveliscombe
  • Avon
  • 0
  • Jonathon Batchelor Penalty 24:00'
  • Ian Burnell Sub On 50:00'
  • Chaz Meddick Sub Off 50:00'
  • Will Hayward Sub Off 60:00'
  • Ben Hurd Sub On 61:00'
  • Sam W Try 70:00'

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League table

# 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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