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Avon 1st - Match centre

Nailsea & Backwell
I Parris, W Hayward
J Batchelor
Sat 27 Oct 15:00 - South West Division - Tribute Somerset Premier Full time

Won5 Lost2 to Won4 Lost3 in a day!


Missing 10 front line players proved too big an obstacle as Avon went down to a 23-13 defeat away to Nailsea/Backwell.

Playing down the slope, NB took the lead as their burly prop crashed over after a series of pick and drives.
Avon struggled to get outside their own 23 despite some individual forays from makeshift scrum half Lucas Pratt, Tom Boreham and Ian Burnell. Incessant NB pressure then resulted in their second score as they took advantage for a converted try after the ball popped out the side of a 5 metre scrum.
With debutant Luther Powell and chairman Ian Monachino-Ayres in the engine room, Avon worked their way back up field. But they wre undone when a loose line out was picked up by the home number 8 who scored an unlikely try from the half way line.
Eventually Avon’s efforts were rewarded when a clever kick ahead from Pratt saw Iain Parris score in the corner.
With Batchelor slotting the conversion for a 7-17 deficit at half tine with the slope and elements in their favour, Avon were fairly satisfied. However they were guilty in the second half of trying to play too much rugby through their hands with the greasy ball rather than kicking for territory.
Little errors and unfamiliar combinations didn’t allow any concerted phases and the NB scum half produced a master class in tactical kicking to keep his forwards on the from foot. This allowed NB to add another 2 penalties and, although Avon struck back after another mesmerising run from the Cashnella man of the match Jonny Batchelor for Will Hayward to score out wide, it was too little too late.
Afterwards coach Kai Harwood praised the efforts of his reorganised team in adversity, particularly debutants Luther Powell, Dave Rutter and Connor Charmney.
Strangely this result seeS Avon move from 2nd to 7th in Somerset Premier as Bristol Barbarians have withdrawn from the league. Avon’s 108-5 win against the BaaBaas has been expunged from the records, leaving Avon now having played a game less than their closest rivals.
Next week Avon host Weston Hornets at Hicks Field.

Jonathon Batchelor

Player of the Match

Jonathon Batchelor

Key moments

Try Iain Parris scores for Avon
Conversion Jonathon Batchelor kicks a conversion for Avon
Try Will Hayward scores for Avon


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80:00 Player of the Match
Jonathon Batchelor is awarded player of the match for Avon
70:00 Sub Off
Ian Monachino-Ayres is substituted off for Avon
70:00 Sub On
Dave Rutter is substituted on for Avon
70:00 Sub Off
Ian Burnell is substituted off for Avon
70:00 Sub On
Conner Chamney is substituted on for Avon
60:00 Try 0 - 12
Will Hayward scores for Avon
End of period 1
39:00 Try 0 - 5
Iain Parris scores for Avon
39:00 Conversion 0 - 7
Jonathon Batchelor kicks a conversion for Avon
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As it happened

  • Nailsea & Backwell
  • Avon
  • 0
  • Iain Parris Try 39:00'
  • Jonathon Batchelor Conversion 39:00'
  • Will Hayward Try 60:00'
  • Ian Monachino-Ayres Sub Off 70:00'
  • Dave Rutter Sub On 70:00'
  • Ian Burnell Sub Off 70:00'
  • Conner Chamney Sub On 70:00'

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Wiveliscombe 24 99
2. Burnham-on-Sea 24 93
3. Imperial 24 83
4. Avon 24 78
5. Yatton 25 71
6. Minehead Barbarians 24 69
7. Nailsea & Backwell 24 68

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