Party-pooping Old Reds gatecrash Nailsea & Backwell's celebrations
NAILSEA & Backwell's 40th anniversary celebrations were crashed by an Old Reds squad which produced a disciplined display to claim a clinical victory in Somerset Premier.
A host of former players attended a pre-match lunch and packed the touchline to cheer on the Ravens, whose only points came from a late try for Larry Hunt.
A key performer for Reds was Nick Purcell, who, despite the sticky conditions, landed three penalties, while there was also a try by Max Woodward.
But the visitors' victory was based on a commanding forward effort with the breakaway trio of Woodward, Dave Jones and Chris Yandell – plus replacement George Templar – in outstanding form.
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Gordano travelled to Tor without a frontline marksman and paid the price, missing several penalties before conceding a late kick to go down 3-0. Locks Marcus Stratton and Andre Bailey worked hard up front in difficult conditions for the visitors, who felt they deserved more than a losing bonus for their efforts.
Leaders Chew Valley, meanwhile, completed the double over Winscombe with a 24-7 success, Tom Bryan booting four penalties in an attritional first half.
Winger Paul Todd then bagged his first try since returning to Chew from Reds, taking advantage of space created by man-of-the-match centre Andy McCormack.
And McCormack then had a hand in his side's second touchdown, timing his pass perfectly to put full-back Tom Bryan away before he released brother Will, on the wing, for a score that Tom converted to wrap up the win.
In Somerset One, leaders Bristol Barbarians had to show plenty of character for a 12-0 triumph on a glue pot pitch at Clevedon.
Fly-half Sam Fowler was the hero with a 100 per cent strike rate with the boot, landing all four of his kicks at goal, including three after the turnaround.
St Bernadettes dug in for an 18-11 victory at lowly Castle Cary to remain second, two points behind Barbs, but with a game in hand.