Nailsea & Backwell seize their usual place in the final of the Junior Combination Cup
NAILSEA & Backwell Under-15s are through into the final of the Bristol Junior Combination Cup for the third consecutive season, after battling past Cleve, to win 21-14.
But the home side had to endure a nervy last few minutes, as the Mangotsfield-based side fought back after being 21-0 down.
Harvey Pike's try and a Hayden Young double, plus three conversions by Josh Collins secured the spoils for the Ravens. Chris McCann powered over for both of Cleve's tries, while Harry Logega, who was outstanding, slotted the conversions.
Clevedon Under-16s were knocked out of the Bristol Junior Combination plate by Yatton, after losing 31-10. The Seasiders started well, with Ben Williams scoring early, but the home side dominated the remainder of the contest. Oliver Hill added a late consolation try for the visitors.
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Old Redcliffians Under-13s went down 19-5 against a strong Gordano outfit at Scotland Lane. Zac Bishop scored Reds' only try, with Sam Kessler (2), and Tom Kizaker crossing for the Sharks. Ben Critchley added two conversions.
But Old Reds Under-16s fared better, winning 54-17 at Avonmouth. Fly-half Ollie Conybeare helped himself to 19-points, with a try and seven conversions. Charlie Hacker bagged a brace of tries, while Ben Keller, Thor Baber, George Charles, Lukas Gentle and Kevin Chilcott, also dabbed down.
St Mary's Under-11s overcame Cleve 26-7 at the Hayfields, but were made to word hard for their victory. The sides were locked at 7-7 at half-time, but the Winterbourne-based side pulled clear in the second half. Fly-half Harry Ascherl crossed twice, with lock Ethan Graham and prop Nick Fraser also scoring tries. Jack Pickles added three conversions.
Dings Under-11s turned on the style to beat Stockwood Sharks over two matches. Lewis and Renee Chant, Archie Stapleton, Lewis Baker, Mike Thatcher, Franklyn Godfree, Lewis Bullock and man-of-the-match Kyran Billing all scored for Crusaders.
Avonmouth Under-11s were comfortable 47-14 winners against Clifton. Lewis Bird, Jacob Dixon, Ethan Feltham, Tom Hooper and Solomon Taufa, all ran in tries, in what was an entertaining and free-flowing game. The Under-8s just about shaded their contest against Clifton, with every member of their squad ending up on the scoresheet.
Broad Plain Under-11s continued their winning run with a 60-10 win over Old Reds. Kien Escott, Joe Matthews, Curtis Edmonds, Callum Leonard, Tyler Young, Jordan Perkins and Riley Murtagh all crossed the whitewash for the Bedminster side. Plain's Under-10s also defeated Reds over two matches, thanks to tries from Callum Morgan, Otto Knigston, Olly Jeans, Hamsa Mhym, who was outstanding, and Luke Bryant, while Casey King was voted star player.
Southmead Under-8s and Under-9s had mixed results against Kingswood and Wells.
Mitchell Payne was outstanding during his try scoring performance. Leah Porter and Kane Phillips also dotted down. Toby Popple, Alfie Thorney, Sam Williams, Ben Stokes, Oliver Hole, Finlay Caswell and Callum Whittaker claimed five-pointers for the Under-9s.
Southmead Under-12s were outgunned by Wells, suffering a 50-10 reverse. Jack Tuckwell and Luke Thomas scored consolation tries.
Every member of the Kingswood Knights Under-7s made it on to the scoreboard during their 44-33 try-fest at Wells, with Jessie Mahoney winning the star player accolade and Molly Bleadon lifting the Golden Balls title.
The Under-8s edged home 40-35 against Wells, but lost by the same score against Southmead.
Oliver Toomey, Harrison Abrahams, Rohan Nichol, Charlie Fry, Adam Bourton, Lawson Smith, Billy Clark, Travis Oakley, Eva Willmott and Jed Hill all claimed tries for the east Bristol club.