Saints prosper with Mason and Lewis starring
PROP Ben Mason and fly-half Drew Lewis were in fine form for St Mary's Under-11s during their narrow victory over Frampton Cotterell at Crossbow House.
Both sides struggled to cope with the heavy underfoot conditions, but a tremendous solo effort from lock Ethan Graham settled the contest 5-0 in Saints' favour.
Old Reds Under-13s dominated the first half of their tight tussle with Chew Valley, and reached the midway point of the evenly-matched contest holding a 10-0 advantage.
Dominic Sprague pounced on a loose pass in the Chew 22 to open the scoring. And slick hands by Andy Smyth and Zak Bishop released Joe Hunt to score Reds' second unconverted try. But the game swung when the influential Smyth was forced off with a shoulder injury in the second half, and the visitors made their numerical advantage count, to eventually win 19-10.
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Nailsea & Backwell Under-15s recorded a 26-5 victory over local rivals Winscombe. There was a minute's silence before the game as a mark of respect to former player Joe Montgomery-Porter, who lost his battle with bowel cancer last week. The first half was dominated by the Ravens, who raced into a 19-5 half-time lead, thanks to tries by Ryan Barrow, Harrison Gould, George Stirling, and two Josh Collins conversions. Nailsea rang the changes at the interval, and the second-half was more even. But the home side added another try from Collins, which Barrow converted.
Head coach George Tavner bemoaned his side's poor execution as SGS Filton went down 21-7 to Ivybridge in their AASE League clash. Playing against the wind in the first half, Filton saw little of the ball as Ivybridge controlled possession and managed the conditions well. This dominance soon paid off as the Devon side crossed twice in the first half to take a 14-0 lead into the break.
The Bristol side came out fighting in the second half, creating a number of try-scoring opportunities, only to be let down by crucial errors deep into Ivybridge territory. The home side then added another converted try to take their lead to 21 points, but the Bristol college had the final say as Adam Francis crossed for a try on his AASE League debut.
It was a tough afternoon for high-flying Filton, who were without the influential pairing of centre Nick Carpenter and full-back Jack Hughes because of injury. Despite impressive performances from captain Monty Reed and Andy Uren, Filton were well below par.
Tavner was disappointed with the result, but says he could not fault the effort of his players.
He said: "I could not ask for any more from the players in terms of effort and commitment, but ultimately our poor execution of the chances we created cost us. You cannot make the amount of mistakes we made and expect to win the game. We are still in a good place as a squad and we look forward to the Truro game in a few weeks' time where we have a chance to put things right and secure an AASE semi-final place."