Cleve draw with local rivals under lights

April 27 2022

Harry Owens. Picture: Zoe Morgan

Harry Owens. Picture: Zoe Morgan

CLEVE'S game at Chipping Sodbury brought out a large crowd of local supporters.

The game kicked off with Cleve showing why they are the in-form team in this league.

Cleve attacked relentlessly for the first 10 minutes.

From a scrum, then an offside penalty, Harry Owens stepped up to kick the points and put Cleve 3-0 up.

Cleve were on the attack. Some good kicking put them in Sodbury’s 22, however Sodbury broke out, with their fly-half going 50 yards, then fed the scrum half, who went over under the posts to put them ahead. 

Cleve then had to show why they have become a force in the league. Their defensive display was outstanding.

A good take in the lineout by Ash Wildgoose created an opportunity to send the ball along the line. Ubi Onyekwelu took advantage and went over on the wing to make it 8-7.

Cleve are a young team, who are well organised as a result of good coaching. During the game their lineout was very efficient, with Wildgoose taking a number of clean lineouts.   

In the second half Cleve continued with a number of close try experiences.

Close to the line the forwards executed a superb catch and drive: Myles Raymond was at the back of the drive and went over.

The try was converted for 15-7 to Cleve, but Sodbury started to claw their way back into the game.

They were awarded a penalty making it 15-10 and, with two minutes left on the clock, Sodbury made a desperate bid to attack Cleve’s line and went through to score but missed the conversion, so the match ended 15-all.

 

Stephen Bateman