MNRFC 1st Team
Venue: Norton Down
Players meet @ 13.30
Kick off: 15.00
MNRFC 1st Team
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2021 - 2022 Season
Midsomer Norton 19 - 15 Cleve
Midsomer Norton 1st XV beat Cleve in a tight battle that went to the bitter end. With 3 matches in play at Norton Down it was a great day for the club as rugby also resumed for the 2nd & 3rd Team.
It was clear from the start the intent from Norton and Cleve as they both looked to use there strong forward packs to gain a foothold in the game.
Cleve were first to cross the whitewash, a series of short pick-and-go drives saw the visitors gain a 7 point lead early on.
Following a break from the halfway line, Norton Winger, Gregor Morgan, scored his first try for the 1st XV. After shooting down the wing, he cleverly kicked high in field only to link up with Rob Viol who offloaded to put Morgan in space as he ran under the posts. 7-7. A penalty from Cleve took the score to 7-10 going into the break.
The second half started with Norton striking just moments after kick-off. The ball being handed down the line to James Fuller who flicked a lovely out-the-back pass to Rob Viol to slide in taking the score to 12-10.
Both sides made use of the catch and drive lineout and gained ground when doing so. From one lineout deep inside the Cleve 22, Norton number 8, Joe Button, patiently dotted down after a strong maul that came rolling over the line. Taylor added the conversion taking the score to 19-10.
Cleve showed no sign of giving up, with 5 minutes of play left on the clock they shifted the ball wide in a last ditch attempt to dive over the line only to be held up by Norton winger Harry Smith who capped another fine game with this defensive effort. The referee did not see a grounding therefore rewarded a scrum to the visitors however it was the Norton pack who overturned this scrum on their own 5 metre line to release the pressure.
A final attack in the last play of the game for the Norton boys saw them fail to gain the bonus point but despite this still a great win at home. Credit must go to Cleve who played well throughout and almost clinched the result at the end of the game. Final score 19-15 to Midsomer Norton.
Midsomer Norton 57 - 12 Chipping Sodbury
Norton Down witnessed the first league Rugby for over 18 months on Saturday. The large crowd enjoyed both the on-field entertainment and the refurbished club house was well received and well used. It was encouraging for the new committee to see a good number of families with young children and the usual die-hard supporters in attendance.
The 1sts welcomed Chipping Sodbury who showed much resilience in the opening minutes however Norton’s powerful pack were soon dominating everything upfront, and the young backs showed flair, speed and plenty of slick handling moves in accumulating over 50 points for the second weekend in a row.
Norton sit top of the league but there are no illusions about the task ahead to remain competitive in this tough league.
Cheltenham North 27 - 72 Midsomer Norton
After a tremendously long 18 month absence, league rugby finally resumed Saturday for Midsomer Norton RFC
Norton travelled up the M5 into the unknown to face newly promoted side Cheltenham North. With the weather scorching and the ground considerably firm, this paved the way for an open game of running rugby.
But Norton started by sticking to what they know best, they took full advantage of consecutive ill-discipline by Cheltenham, allowing fly half Murphy to keep kicking to the corner to set up numerous catch and drive lineouts for the Norton forward pack to crash over and build an early lead.
Cheltenham North however looked dangerous in attack when spreading the ball wide to some very fast backs who showed flare and offloading ability to grab 2 tries before half time to take the score to 10-36 going into the break.
But it was Norton who proved a much stronger all round outfit as they ran in a further 36 points in the 2nd half, again the catch and drive lineout led by skipper Tom Fear was firing on all cylinders. While young guns Harry Smith, debutant Kieran Beeho and Noah Watts all picked up tries throughout the match, showing Nor can play from deep using pace using within the back three in the wider channels, as well as sheer power up front. Special mentions for a solid performance from Joe Button who grabbed 4 tries, Harry Smith for a great shift on the wing, while Henry Mclachlan & Kieran Beeho made their first starts for the 1st XV. Final score 27-72
We wish flanker David Sawkins a speedy recovery following a nasty shoulder dislocation, having scored 2 tries before having to make the trip to A&E.
Norton look to carry this momentum into Saturday as they welcome Chipping Sodbury, 3pm Kick-off at Norton Down.