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X Davis, B Hurd
Sat 26 Jan 14:30 - South West Division - Tribute Somerset Premier Full time

Unbeaten Home Record Ended


Avon slipped to a narrow 12-10 defeat to Imperial for their first loss at Hicks Field for over a year

Although a missed penalty chance in the closing minutes would have given Avon a close win, this would have been against the run of play with Imperial fully deserving their victory which now leapfrogs them above Avon in Somerset Premier.

The first half was a fairly scrappy affair with Imperial dominating possession and territory with the assistance of the strong wind. This made it difficult for Avon to escape from their own half and only excellent defence kept their opponents at bay, epitomised by a tremendous try-saving cover tackle from Alex Gapper.

One combination between Iain Parris and Dan Griffin showed Avon a glimpse of hope and they then struck efficiently with their first incursion into the visitors 22 as Xander Davis finished off a lineout drive to crash over for their opening try. Although Avon almost repeated that score shortly before half time, aggressive counter rucking and committed Imperial defence kept the score to 5 nil at half time.

Avon v Imperial 26/1/2019
35 photos

Perhaps expecting an easier time with the elements in their favour after the break, Avon were rocked by the intensity of the Imps game as they struck back to take the lead with a converted try near the posts. This inspired the visitors who again dominated proceedings to prevent Avon winning any useful ball. It was no surprise as the Imperial pressure paid off with their second try to increase their lead.

Stung into action, Avon hit back as Ben Hurd showed impressive football skills to dribble a loose ball up the wing before pouncing for the touch down. With a 2 point deficit, Avon started to put some cohesive plays together but were disrupted as fly half Ollie Flight was forced off with a hamstring strain. Eventually a straightforward penalty seemed to provide their “get out of jail card” but without a recognised kicker, the opportunity was missed leaving the small consolation of a losing bonus point.

With no game next week, Avon are hoping that some of their injured players are soon able to return to action to bolster their options in the backline.

Quilter Kids First Champions winner – March: Minehead Barbarians RFC

Key moments

Try Xander Davis scores for Avon
Try Ben Hurd scores for Avon

Videos and photos

Avon v Imperial 26/1/2019
35 photos
Avon v Imperial 26/1/2019


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70:00 Sub Off
Will Hayward is substituted off for Avon
70:00 Sub Off
Ben Hurd is substituted off for Avon
70:00 Sub Off
Olly Flight is substituted off for Avon
70:00 Sub On
Chaz Meddick is substituted on for Avon
70:00 Sub On
Chris Sawyer is substituted on for Avon
70:00 Sub On
Daniel Mutlow is substituted on for Avon
60:00 Try 10 - 0
Ben Hurd scores for Avon
End of period 1
30:00 Try 5 - 0
Xander Davis scores for Avon
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Avon
  • Imperial
  • 0
  • Xander Davis Try 30:00'
  • Ben Hurd Try 60:00'
  • Will Hayward Sub Off 70:00'
  • Ben Hurd Sub Off 70:00'
  • Olly Flight Sub Off 70:00'
  • Chaz Meddick Sub On 70:00'
  • Chris Sawyer Sub On 70:00'
  • Daniel Mutlow 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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