Nailsea & Backwell Under 14’s v Kingswood Knights RFC
By Chris White
Team fought hard on tough assignment at Nailsea
An away game at Nailsea & Backwell today at the start of Half Term for the Under 14s – The Ravens taking on the Knights - a tough assignment against a big and well drilled home squad. The Half Term holiday had not been kind to the knights with a number of the team missing with other commitments or due to longer term lay offs - but with the inclusion of a borrowed player – thanks Kai - we managed to field a 15 man team.
Many of the players willingly played out of position today notably Matt at Flanker and Liam at Loose-head.
The match was played on the main Nailsea first team pitch in front of the club house with most of the Knights fans gathered in the balcony of the clubhouse with a great view of the game and easy access to the bar….. The pitch had a big slope from try line to try line and the Knights were playing down the slope in the first half. A cold gusty wind was blowing across the pitch from touchline to touchline. Jeff the ref gave us a briefing and with a short sharp warm up the team took the pitch.
The Knights started well with excellent defence from the start. A good kick off from Mac was chased well and Stav tackled the returning winger with his usual tenacity and strength. Strong tackles from Dylan and Harrison and excellent harassing from Elliott, Dan and Lee kept the home team at arms length for the first quarter. Good breaks from Harrison, Stav and Kai and carries from James went unrewarded as the home side defence was very strong and stable and the Knights support was not quite at the right level.
After 18 minutes the Kingswood defence finally gave way with two quick trys conceded and converted very well by the Ravens Fly Half.
A good take from the kick off was returned by the Knights strongly and they burst into the Ravens half through a run from Keyan. A slight lack of accuracy was enough to allow the Ravens to clear. Excellent tackling from Batu and Matt and strong clear outs by Liam again kept the home team away from the Knights line. Good work going backwards from Mac and Joe at 9 and 10 helped to keep the pressure off a little and great work under the kick from Ollie again helped the defensive effort.
A charged down kick and wickedly bouncing ball allowed the Ravens to score two tries. A knock to Batu on the arm meant that the Knights finished the last 10 minutes with 14 men and a final excellent run from the Ravens wing completed the scoring.
Knights heads never went down and the coaches were proud of the teams efforts in adversity playing against a stronger squad.
Kai was named Man of the Match for helping us out at short notice.
Please let me know if anything is inaccurate in the report Chris - 07813000889