Emphatic win over Midsomer Norton for Cleve

February 25 2022

BEFORE the first home game of 2022, the Cleve coaches were predicting that the team was being built for success in the future. Indeed Cleve are a very young team that play with enthusiasm and commitment.

The game started with Cleve moving the ball wide to the right and then the left.

Eventually it ended up with Adam Lambert on the wing with a one-on-one with the Midsomer Norton winger. Adam stepped him perfectly and in the first five minutes  it was 5-0 to Cleve.

Cleve then went back to defending, with Norton having the ball on halfway. A fumble led to a pickup by Dominic Callaghan in the centre. He raced away to score from the halfway line. Harry Owens converted for 12-0 to Cleve.

This caused Norton to rally. They took the ball to Cleve’s 22. Cleve showed what they have learnt over the last few months and held out to the pressure being created on them.

After absorbing the pressure Cleve began a drive towards Norton’s try line. They gained a scrum on the 5 metre line. Number 8 Dan Connibar picked up and went over, and Harry converted to make it 19-0 to Cleve at half time.

The second half began with the same positivity as the first half ended and Cleve in the ascendency. From a line-out the ball was moved wide. The attacking move resulted in continuous drives towards the line. Eventually Dan Connibar got his hands on the ball and went over. It was converted for 26-0.

Midway through the second half Dominic Callaghan made a break and linked with Andy Priddle who, with some clever passing, enabled Cleve to take the ball into the 22. Dan Connibar again got hold of the ball and went over for his third try, converted for 330.

But Cleve were not finished, and in the last remaining minutes, after some clever interplay, Harry Owens went over and converted his own try, to make it 40-0.

This was the best performance of Cleve’s season. One wag in the crowd said "it won’t be over until Nally sings". Well, Nally was singing.


Stephen Bateman