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Avon 1st - Match centre

Avon
Old Redcliffians II
B Hurd (3), J Leeming, A Gapper
Tries
J Batchelor (2)
Conversions
Sat 12 Jan 14:30 - South West Division - Tribute Somerset Premier Full time

10th Win Secures 3rd Place

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Avon and Old Redcliffians 2nds enjoyed an entertaining game with Avon chalking up another bonus point 29-17 victory at Hicks Field.

3 late drop outs forced Avon to shuffle their already depleted resources and with Old Reds fielding 5 first team squad members, a tough challenge ensued.

Arch predator Ben Hurd opened the scoring with an early try but this was cancelled out by an equalising Old Reds score as they always looked dangerous when they moved the ball out wide. Meanwhile Avon’s main threats came up front as Josh Hiscott, Xander Davis and Chaz Meddick impressed with a mixture of powerful runs and deft short quarter handling.

After a sniping run from Alex Gapper, Avon forced a series of attacking scrums and lineouts and it was no surprise when Hurd touched down a pushover try to take the lead. Shortly after, another threatening visitors attack was stifled as James Leeming intercepted and ran the length of the field for a try under the posts, converted by Jonny Batchelor. With their tails up and Ian Burnell winning some vital turnovers, Avon added their 4th try as Hurd completed his hat-trick to pounce for his 12th try of the season on the stroke of half time.

Avon v Old Reds 12/1/2019
32 photos

The second half followed a similar pattern as Reds sought to use their pace out wide and were rewarded with a try on the right wing after launching a sweeping attack from halfway. With Reds reduced to unopposed scrums for a sin bin period, this nullified some of Avon’s advantage up front but, with the Cashnella man-of-the-match Ollie Flight controlling things smoothly from fly half, Avon gradually imposed themselves again.

Stu Dilloway, playing as an emergency flanker in the absence of skipper Scott Book, provided a supply of clean lineout ball and Reds were again forced on the defensive. Avon’s 5th try came after a wayward clearance kick, with Gapper setting off on a mesmerising 40 metre run to leave the attempted tacklers in his wake as he surged through for a magnificent try, again converted by Batchelor.

With the match nearing completion, Old Reds had the final say as they scored a well-worked converted try under the posts to reduce the deficit in an enjoyable match well refereed by Roger Gilson.

Next Saturday, 3rd placed Avon face a testing journey to Burnham who are currently 4th in the Somerset Premier league.

Olly Flight

Player of the Match

Olly Flight

Key moments

20:00
Try Ben Hurd scores for Avon
34:00
Try Ben Hurd scores for Avon
36:00
Try James Leeming scores for Avon
37:00
Conversion Jonathon Batchelor kicks a conversion for Avon
40:00 +2:00
Try Ben Hurd scores for Avon
50:00
Try Alex Gapper scores for Avon
51:00
Conversion Jonathon Batchelor kicks a conversion for Avon

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Avon v Old Reds 12/1/2019
32 photos
Avon v Old Reds 12/1/2019

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Olly Flight is awarded player of the match for Avon
70:00 Sub Off
Ben Hurd is substituted off for Avon
70:00 Sub On
Ian Monachino-Ayres is substituted on for Avon
70:00 Sub Off
Xander Davis is substituted off for Avon
70:00 Sub On
Jack Garmson is substituted on for Avon
51:00 Conversion 29 - 0
Jonathon Batchelor kicks a conversion for Avon
50:00 Try 27 - 0
Alex Gapper scores for Avon
End of period 1
40:00 +2:00 Try 22 - 0
Ben Hurd scores for Avon
37:00 Conversion 17 - 0
Jonathon Batchelor kicks a conversion for Avon
36:00 Try 15 - 0
James Leeming scores for Avon
34:00 Try 10 - 0
Ben Hurd scores for Avon
20:00 Try 5 - 0
Ben Hurd scores for Avon
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As it happened

  • Avon
  • Old Redcliffians II
  • 0
  • Ben Hurd Try 20:00'
  • Ben Hurd Try 34:00'
  • James Leeming Try 36:00'
  • Jonathon Batchelor Conversion 37:00'
  • Ben Hurd Try 40:00 +2:00'
  • Alex Gapper Try 50:00'
  • Jonathon Batchelor Conversion 51:00'
  • Ben Hurd Sub Off 70:00'
  • Ian Monachino-Ayres Sub On 70:00'
  • Xander Davis Sub Off 70:00'
  • Jack Garmson Sub On 70:00'

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# 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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