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Captain - Julian Hawkins Email: email@example.com Tel: 07817 035214
Vice Captain - Robbie Fuller Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 07545 664033
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Bath Old Edwardians 13 – 14 Midsomer Norton II
29th Feb 2020
The boot of Tom Rideout once again proved the difference for Midsomer Norton ground out a big win against Old Es.
With the home side enjoying a bumper crowd on their sponsors and supporters’ day, Norton were made to battle throughout in tough conditions. Henry Mclachlan opened the scoring for the away side, charging down a kick midway through the first half. Rideout converted the kick right in front of the posts.
Although Norton generally controlled the possession and territory, they found it difficult to fashion scoring opportunities and Old Edwardians took the lead going into half-time. A penalty in front of the posts, followed by a breakaway try gave the huge home crowd something to cheer going into the break. Norton faced an uphill task with just ten minutes to go when the home side’s winger finished in the corner.
However the Seconds, inspired by the introduction of Andy Parker on the touchline, claimed the victory when Rideout found Matthews with a brilliant pass - who charged over from close range. Tom converted to give Norton the narrowest of victories and solidify their status in Somerset Tribute 1.
Midsomer Norton II 31-0 Taunton II
22nd Feb 2020
The seconds took a big step towards securing their Somerset 1 status for next season with a five-try victory over Taunton. With just one place separating the teams before kick-off the fixture was a vital one as both sides looked to climb away from the bottom of the table.
Norton controlled the territory and possession from the early stages and took the lead mid-way through the first half when, after a spell of sustained pressure, captain Knight released winger Ryan Forse to cross the whitewash. Rideout added the extras with the first of his three conversions. The Seconds’ lead was extended shortly before half-time when the home side made the most of their dominant set-piece, with a successful line-out enabling scrum-half Stu Kelly scoring off the back of a driving maul.
Norton continued where they left off in the second half and number 8 Frazer Button went over off the back of another powerful maul. Nor were now chasing a valuable bonus point, and after numerous near misses finally found their fourth try with about ten minutes to go. This time it Joe Knight who peeled off the back of a maul to charge over for a well-deserved try. With maximum points now secured, Irish centre Ben Palmer then cut a fine line through the midfield to put the icing to the cake.
The victory moves Norton fourteen points clear of bottom placed Bath Old Edwardians, who have a game in hand. The seconds travel there next week in what will be another must-win fixture.
Old Sulians 7-8 Midsomer Norton 2nds
1st Feb 2020
Midsomer Norton 2nds continued their good start to 2020 with a hard fought away win against Old Sulians.
The first half was a scrappy affair with mistakes from both sides leading to plenty of turnovers in possession whilst both sides contested the breakdown effectively ensuring there was no clean ball for either backline to work with. Norton were again guilty of playing too much rugby in their own half as Old Sulians managed to turn the ball over and spread it out wide to go over for the first try of the match.
Midsomer Norton responded well in the 2nd half, learning to play in the right areas of the pitch and dominating possession. Despite multiple handling errors across the pitch, the set piece continued to function well with Fear finding his targets in the line out despite a strong cross-wind. Norton soon found themselves camped in the opposition half, where multiple infringements from the Sulians side led to a yellow card and winger Evans crossing in the corner to make it 7-5
Norton continued to grow in confidence, again working their way down the pitch thanks to great combinations between Moon and Evans which pinned Old Sulians back. Further errors from the Norton side seemed to put victory out of grasp, but continued pressure saw Old Sulians concede a second yellow card and a penalty in front of the posts. T.Rideout stepped up with the clock in the red to seal a last minute win for the Norton side.
This sees Norton go 3 wins out of 4 so far in 2020, a record they will look to build on with the visit of local rivals Chew Valley next week.
Keynsham II 5 – 14 Midsomer Norton II
11th Jan 2020
The seconds continued their bright start to the new year, coming from behind against the old enemy to earn a well-deserved victory.
The away side suffered an early setback when Keynsham scored after ten minutes but rallied well and dominated the territory throughout the first half. However, the first 40 minutes would ultimately prove frustrating, as a series of handling errors cost them vital scoring opportunities. Packer came closest but for the second week running failed to ground the ball.
In defence Norton were defiant with strong shoulders defying the home side’s attack and Rideout’s boot, as well as a couple of timely breaks from captain Knight, relieving any pressure. The second half was another gritty affair but Norton eventually wore down their opponents and took the lead with ten minutes to go when Kemar Active Barrier Stewart bounced through defenders and crashed over the whitewash. Young scrum half Stu Kelly then made sure of the win with a late try, darting from the back of the scrum. Rideout converted both scores to seal a memorable derby win.
Norton have now recorded back-to-back victories for the first time this season and head to North Petherton next week looking to further strengthen their position in Somerset 1.
Midsomer Norton II 29 - 13 Wellington II
4th Jan 2022
Midsomer Norton II’s started the new year in style, putting in a good performance to beat a strong Wellington side. The first half was a scrappy affair, with Norton strong in defence but mis-firing with ball in hand. Wellington were first to score with a penalty in front of the posts before Button capitalised on a strong Norton maul to stretch over for the first try of the afternoon. Wellington hit back with a try of their own before Denning, playing out of position in the back-row, scored a long distance pick and go from a consistently superior Norton scrum.
The beginning of the 2nd half saw the sides trading penalties, with Rideout proving very successful with the boot throughout, both from hand and tee. Rose then finished off a good phase of attacking play, using his strength to power over from close distance without needing the 3 men outside him. Norton now began to assert their dominance in both defence and attack, with Wellington finding no weak shoulders in the Norton line and finding it hard to win ball against Norton’s dominant line-out and scrum. Norton’s sharp defence across the pitch soon led to a wayward Wellington pass which Packer hacked ahead, marginally winning the subsequent race to the line to secure Norton’s bonus point try.
Norton will be happy with their good all round performance despite a sluggish start, and will look to take it into next week’s derby away at Keynsham.