Old Reds turn on the power in the second half to see off challenge of Keynsham
OLD Reds Under-16s came from behind to beat local rivals Keynsham in their Somerset Cup clash at Crown Field.
Early Keynsham pressure led to an unconverted try from hooker Matt King, and Toby Williams extended the lead with a well-struck penalty to take his side eight points clear.
But Reds started to find their rhythm, and fought back to edge into a 11-8 lead at the break, thanks to two penalties from fly-half Ollie Conybeare and a well-taken try from centre Charlie Hacker. Reds continued to call the tune after the interval, and extended their lead with three further penalties from the prolific boot of Conybeare. Keynsham finished strongly, but Reds held on for a 20-8 victory
A below-par performance during the first half ensured that Clevedon Under-16s had a mountain to climb against Winscombe. The Seasiders were punished for their mistakes by a well-drilled Winscombe side, and as a result, were 22 points adrift at the turnaround. But the half-time break enabled Clevedon to get their game in order, and they fought back to finish with a respectable 22-12 result. James Lugtig and Joe Ford dotted down for tries, while Kieran Hill booted a conversion.
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Nailsea & Backwell Under-15s' away Somerset Cup clash against Chard had to moved to nearby Crewkerne, because of a waterlogged pitch. But the shift of venue had little effect on the Ravens, who cantered to a comfortable 38-5 victory with something to spare. Nailsea's tries came from Ryan Barrow, pictured, who charged over for a hat-trick of tries, Josh Collins, who claimed a double, and one from Jack O Malley, while skipper Jordan Hayward landed four conversions.
Gordano Under-14s underlined their recent improvement with a battling 46-0 victory over Painswick. The Sharks scrum provided the platform for their pacy back division to cut loose, especially during a one-sided first half, in which the visitors raced into a 36-0 lead. The home side's tackling improved in the second-half, but Painswick were unable to break through the Gordano iron-curtain defences. Tom Krause bagged a brace of tries, and there were touchdowns for Ed Moss, Alex Walder, Toby Baxter, Ollie Povey, Tom Oddy as well as a penalty try.
St Mary's Under-15s were too strong for Painswick, and ran out 24-5 winners in their Gloucestershire Cup pool encounter. Saints, who are also the reigning Bristol Combination Cup champions, rarely got out of second gear, but still had too much pace and power for Painswick.
Ed Loughran, Mike Green, Sam Burtenshaw and Seamus Watson all crossed for tries, and Callum Hollay slotted two conversions for the Winterbourne-based side.
Broad Plain Under-12s went on a try-scoring frenzy during their comprehensive display against North Bristol.
The Bedminster-based outfit ticked all the boxes, as their forwards and backs effortlessly linked with devastating effect. Kieran Murphy caught the eye with his man-of-the-match performance, which included a long-range try. Other five-pointers in the 50-0 demolition came from Callum Leonard, Francesco Andres, Riley Murtagh, Alec Knight, Seth Kingston, Archie Fortune and Curtis Edmunds.
Clifton Under-12s continued their rich vein of form with a hard-fought 20-5 win over Keynsham.
Ben Morgan, Gage Whittingham and Tom Paine were outstanding, in their victory built on a solid forward display. Meanwhile, star man Martin Nassiri helped Clifton Under-9s to victory over Cleve.
Sammi Hamid, James Lemon, Sammy Greenwood and Theo Bevan all scored tries for the Henbury club.