MNRFC 3rd Team
Venue: Norton Down
Date: 9th Nov 2019
Players meet @ 1:00pm
Kick off @ 2:30pm
15: K. Behoo
14: J. Cockerill
13: C. Barlow
12: I. Tiley
11: J. Sleigh
10: J. Swift
9: K. Herbert
1: J. Todd
2: M. Evans
3: T. Chivers
4: L. Taylor
5: N. Morgan
6: J. Kingsbury
7: N. Fear
8: J. Carter
16: L. Shakespeare
17: L. Shaw
18: S. Williams
19: J. Nicholson
20: Z. Neilson
21: D. Williams
22: T. Dallimore
MNRFC 3rd Team
Captain - Ian Tiley Email: email@example.com Tel: 07765 053225 / 01761 437670
Vice Captain - To Be Confirmed Email: To Be Confirmed Tel: To Be Confirmed
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Midsomer Norton 3rd XV 34- 22 Keynsham 3rd XV
12th Oct 2019
With all other matches falling foul of the weather it was left to the 3rds to entertain the massed crowds at Norton Down on Saturday. This they did as they put in a spirited performance to run out eventual winners in a hard fought game against local rivals Keynsham.
Things did not start well for Norton as Keynsham seized on two loose passages of play to race into an early 14 – 0 lead. Norton looked to have hit back from a well executed driving maul but the referee was unsighted and the chance was gone. It didn’t take long however for Norton to claw their way back into the game. From a lineout deep in their half the ball was swept wide and some neat interplay between the backs set up the opportunity for fly half Jon Swift to dummy and weave his way to the line. Full back Andrew Best added the extras. Norton moved closer still when scrum half Richard Slater pounced from close range, following some good driving work by the pack. The visitors responded by scoring out wide to extend their lead before Norton number eight Tyron Dallimore went over shortly before half time. This left the game evenly poised with Keynsham leading 19 points to 17.
The second half was tightly contested but as the game wore on Norton began to break loose. Early in the half Keynsham added a penalty to extend their lead before Norton hit back. Prop Will Edgell profited from some good prolonged periods of Norton pressure as twice he was on hand to power over for his brace of tries.
Replacement Scot Goddard nearly went the length but was just stopped short but his feat was emulated soon after when Colts winger Harry Smith did just that and raced away for a well taken try, which he converted to seal the win.
Both sides played some excellent rugby in the conditions. From a Norton point of view it was great to see Nick Higgs return to action after a long lay off with a knee ligament injury.
Next week see’s all 3 teams at home for the first time this season. The 1st team will be looking to get back to winning ways in Western Counties North against Old Bristolians, the 2nd team have what already looks like a crunch league game in Somerset 1 against Old Sulians and the 3rd team are home to Taunton in Somerset 3 South. All games kick off at 3pm.
Martock 1st XV 12 – 28 Midsomer Norton 3rd XV
28th Sept 2019
The thirds started their season in fine style on Saturday when they travelled to Martock for this rearranged league fixture. A new look side saw the combination of youth and experience come together to record a well deserved bonus point win.
Norton dominated the first half and some strong running saw centre Watts score two excellent early tries. One was all of his own making as he raced the length of the field. The other was set up by the experienced half back partnership of Ian Tiley and Richard Slater. A quick tap caught the home defence sleeping and a weaving run allowed the ball to be worked clear for the try. Both tries were converted by full back Harry Smith.
The back line continued to look dangerous every time they had the ball and this ensured Norton kept on top for the majority of the half
Martock hit back briefly when they had a period of prolonged possession and they eventually used their larger pack to push over from close range but Norton extended their lead in the 35th minute with a fine effort by winger Fraser Collins who raced over for a score. Smith again converted.
The second half was a more evenly contested affair as Martock dominated possession. This didn’t stop Norton from further extending their lead though when Smith took the ball out wide and cut back against the grain to score a clinical debut try.
From then on it was a stout defensive effort from the visitors. Martock were repeatedly repelled before they managed their only try of the second half when a series of Norton infringements saw them awarded a penalty try.
The bonus point win was an excellent start for the thirds who travel to Wincanton next week.