Speedy Thornbury thrash Clevedon

January 26 2018
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Thornbury scored ten tries and had the try bonus point in the bag before the end of the first quarter. Clevedon, who had targeted the match as one they should win, never recovered from the opening onslaught.

By Dave Fox

Thornbury scored ten tries and had the try bonus point in the bag before the end of the first quarter.  Clevedon, who had targeted the match as one they should win, never recovered from the opening onslaught.

The pitch passed an inspection during the morning following heavy overnight rain. The ground was shrouded by low cloud and light drizzle fell as Thornbury kicked off downhill. 

Tom Williams scored first, powering through two tackles to score close to the posts. Inexplicably, Jake Wood missed the conversion but Thornbury were 5-0 up with barely a minute gone.

Thornbury played at great pace and the handling of forwards and backs was remarkable, particularly given the conditions. Mike Beswick dived on to a kick forward for the next try.  Jack Hussey picked up the ball and drove over for Thornbury’s third try. 

The try bonus point was secured two minutes later when Evans crashed over close to the posts. 

With tries coming thick and fast Thornbury were 40-0 ahead at half time.

The second half began with Clevedon briefly on top. Their forwards took control and the scrum, which had seemed strangely quiet in the first half, began to become a dominant factor, so much so that the visitors were awarded a penalty try.

Thornbury hit back with Harry Glew going over in the corner. Five minutes later Glew found space again and he raced through to score by the posts.

Clevedon were making a better fist of the second half, underlined when Harvey Russell scored their second try.

Thornbury didn’t let up though and Richardson broke clear to crash over by the corner flag, with another try from Poustie coming shortly after to leave Thornbury the clear winners 66-12.

Thornbury move up two places in the table to sixth. They travel to fourth-placed Newent for what is likely to be one of the toughest games of the season.