U14s Team Match Reports
8th Oct 2017
Chew Valley 7 Midsomer Norton 47
On a warm sunny Autumn’s morning Midsomer Norton travelled to Chew Valley in the hope over turning last season’s defeat.
It was Chew Valley who got in to their stride first, putting the ball through the hands to allow the pacey winger to score under the posts which made the conversion that much easier. With the score 7-0 and the words of Captain Rawlings ringing in the players ears Norton upped the tempo and camped in the Chew 22. The speed of the visitor’s defence forced Chew into kicking the ball away and finding the touchline for a brief period of rest bite. From the resulting lineout Smith dummied and found the smallest gap to run through and score, Davies with the conversion to pull the sides level.
From the kick off brilliant handling from forwards and backs created space for Rawlings to run clear and score again Davies added the extras 7-14. Unfortunately for Chew from the restart Smith collected and went on a mazy run and score under the posts and the simplest of kicks for Davies made the score 7-21.
Chew Valley never gave up and kept running the ball back at the Norton defence and were unlucky not to score a second. With the first half coming to a close second row Sutcliffe picked the ball up from the back of a ruck to register his 1st try of the day, Davies again kicked the extra 2 points to make the half time score 7-28.
The Second half started as the first finished with Norton in the ascendancy playing some good rugby. With forwards taking the ball on upfront the backline had space to run some creative moves only the scrabble defence from Chew managing to keep them at bay. They were helpless as Sutcliffe again picked up from the base of the ruck to power over. Davies who was excellent from the tee added the 2 to take the score to 7-35.
Norton squandered 2 or 3 opportunities to score as George had the ball knocked out of his hands and Pearce dropping the ball over the line. Even with this happening both teams never gave up and from a lineout the ball went through the hands to Willoughby who took the ball on the right wing and cut inside leaving defences in his wake to score next to the posts. Davies again converting to make the score 7-42.
Chew now had the bit between their teeth and some last-ditch tackles and brilliant defence kept them from scoring. With Chew knocking at the door for a good 6 to 7 minutes, Norton managed to turn defence into attack and it was Sutcliffe who got the final try of the game after gathering the ball and ran from his own half to complete his hat-trick. Davies was off target with the conversion 7-47.
Even though the score line suggests it was one sided, that wasn’t the case. Chew Valley made it a great game of junior rugby and kept going right to the end and that is credit to the players and coaches.
On Sunday 15th Midsomer Norton host Clevedon kick off 11am
16th Sept 2017
Hornets u14’s 24 – Midsomer Norton u14’s 29
On a warm and sunny Sunday morning Midsomer Norton travelled to Weston Super Mare to Hornets in the Bristol Combination Junior cup, on the new 4g pitch.
With Midsomer Norton making the step up to 15 a side and on a full-size pitch. They found themselves facing a much bigger pack but turned on the style in the opening 10 minutes.
With the Norton forwards bossing the game up front holes started to appear in the back line which allowed Connor S to open his legs and score close to the posts which made the conversion attempt from Rhys D easier and he made no mistake. Straight from the kick off Joe C took the ball forward and offloaded to Finn C who was causing all sorts of problems for the Hornets defence. From a scrum on the 10 meter line scrum half Ben S raced away down the blind side to score in the corner to make the score 0-12.
With forced changes Hornets strong runners getting into the game and they were soon on the score sheet with the number 10 finding a hole in the Norton defence to race clear and score under the posts. The conversion was successful to make the score 7-12. With Hornets on the front foot and some missed tackles in the midfield they managed to score again, this time the conversion was missed and the score remained 12-12.
With Will L, Joe P and Cooper G all making heroic tackles all over the pitch, they turned the ball over and some brilliant hands and fantastic rucking the ball was quickly recycle and passed along the back line for George F to score in the corner. This brought this entertaining half to a close, the score 12-17 in Norton’s favour.
The second half started with Hornets powering their way to line and scoring in the corner. To draw the scores level once more at 17-17. A missed penalty from the hosts gave the Norton a small bit of confidence which resulted in Ben S getting his 2nd try of the game, 17-22.
With the game swinging one way then the other Norton managed to grab another try through centre Christian H. This time forward and backs working well together which created an overlap for the centre to touchdown. The conversion was slotted over now the score was 17-29.
Hornets were not to be out done and they rallied to once again score under the posts with the conversion successful the score was back to within one try. Only a last ditch tackle from Finn C prevented the scores becoming level once more.
With the final score 24-29, Midsomer Norton now await the draw for the next round.
Next week Norton host Wellington with an 11am kick off
Sunday 26th April 2015
Midsomer Norton RFC 76 – Frome RFC 12
Midsomer Norton Under 14s finished off their season with a comprehensive victory against Frome at Norton Down last Sunday. As well as loaning players to Frome throughout the match this was a fine all round performance from Norton to cap off another successful season.
Playing with a light breeze behind them, and in bright and dry conditions, it wasn’t long before Norton opened their account through Jack and soon added further tries from James, Tim and Jacob. Frome battled bravely but 3 further first half tries scored by Josh (2) and Kieron saw Norton lead 43 – 5 at the break.
Norton had the edge in all aspects of the match, despite at times playing a man short against their opposition. A second half pair of tries from Josh, along with scores from Jacob, Gregor, James plus several conversions saw Norton home comfortably. Frome to their credit continued to compete and did get some reward with a second half try.
This has been another good season for the Norton side, continuing to develop both individually and as a team throughout. Norton have showed that they are now not far behind the leading teams in the county and with some hard work and determination will be set for a good season come next September.
Sunday 19th April 2015
Ivel Barbarians RFC 10 – Midsomer Norton RFC 33
Midsomer Norton Under 14s travelled to Ivel Barbarians RFC on Sunday and came away with a hard earned victory against the South Somerset side.
The game started in bright and breezy conditions on a hard and fast pitch. The opening exchanges were played out in the middle of the field as both teams tried to establish some dominance. The packs seemed to be well matched and Ivel were certainly more than competitive at the break down. Norton however did manage to exert some pressure on the home side and were duly rewarded when Kieron fly-hacked through and touched down, with Jacob adding the extras.
Norton extended their lead when Ivel were caught napping and from a tap penalty, Jacob ran in unopposed to score under the posts and again converted to establish a 14 point lead. Ivel were dangerous in the backs and some good running and handling eventually saw them score in the right hand corner to reduce the deficit at the half-time break.
Ivel continued their attacking play and scored a second try early in the second half to bring them back to within 4 points. This seemed to spur the Norton boys on and they worked hard to get themselves back into the game and did so when a mazy run from Jacob saw him cross for his second score of the match. He also added the extras.
Norton were on top now and further scores from James, which was converted and another from the last play of the match from Thomas saw Norton home. This was a competitive match in all aspects and Ivel should be recognised for their part in a fine match and for their hospitality following it. Norton complete their season next Sunday when host nearest and dearest rivals Frome.
Sunday 12th April 2015 at Norton Down
Midsomer Norton RFC U14s 22 – WMD U14s 10
Norton welcomed a combined side made up of players from Warminster, Melksham and Devizes rugby clubs to Norton Down on Sunday. In typical conditions, the home side played into to the teeth of a strong wind in the first half, but had the better of the opening exchanges and spent large periods of time in the visitors half.
Norton duly opened the scoring when Captain Patrick cut a nice line in the midfield to score next to the posts. Norton extended their lead when winger Callum found space on the right wing and managed to score in the corner. Norton were certainly dominating both territory and possession, but were guilty of playing laterally at times, although the strong wind certainly didn’t help matters.
With the wind now at their backs in the second half, Norton used this to relieve some pressure at times and this lead to flanker Patrick crossing the whitewash after emerging from a maul with the ball. WMD certainly looked dangerous at times, with their backs often making good ground with ball in hand and were rewarded for some good play to score their first try. A fine break, aided by a series of missed tackles, saw the visitors score a second try to bring them right back into the match with 10 minutes to play.
Norton responded well however and finished the match on top and rounded of the scoring in the last minute when prop James scored in the left hand corner. Jacob added the extras from the touchline to leave the final score Midsomer Norton 22 – WMD 10.
29th March 2015 at Nailsea
Nailsea & Backwell RFC 0 - Midsomer Norton RFC 56
Midsomer Norton Under 14s travelled to Nailsea for the second time this season and once again emerged comfortable victors. Beginning the match in near gale-force conditions and driving rain and on a surprisingly wet pitch, it was clear that both sides would struggle to play any sort of expansive rugby.
Norton however started strongly with early tries from James and a long range effort from Josh, which was converted by Jacob. Norton were dominant in all aspects of the match and extended their lead further through scores from James and Thomas . Jacob rounded off the first half with a well worked backs move to score in the left hand corner, leaving the half time score at 0 – 27.
Playing up the hill in the second half, Norton continued to impose themselves on the game, with the hosts struggling to make any headway out of their own half. A sniping try from scrum-half Gregor extended Norton’s lead further, before additional scores from Captain Patrick, converted by Josh and James took Norton clear.
A second from Patrick and a late score from Ollie, his first of the season and converted by Thomas, saw Norton secure a very comfortable victory. Both sides should be commended for their approach to the match, played in atrocious conditions. That Norton scored 10 unanswered tries in the match is testament to their skill and tenacity.
Sunday 22nd March 2015 at Cleve RFC.
Cleve RFC 37 - Midsomer Norton RFC 10
Norton travelled to Cleve RFC last Sunday, a replacement fixture as Castle Cary RFC were unable to field a team in the scheduled fixture.
With the ground firm and fast, Norton were expecting a touch encounter with the Gloucestershire side, who they had last met 2 seasons ago. Cleve certainly started on the front and only some resolute defending kept the home side from taking the lead. However with some hard, fast and direct running Cleve opened the scoring with two quick scores to open a 10 – 0 lead. Norton were certainly competitive in the exchanges and notably had the edge in the scrum against a much larger pack. Two further scores from Cleve extended their lead, although their fourth try had more than a hint of offside about it.
Norton rallied well and spent a good spell camped in the hosts 22 and deservedly scored when prop James crashed over just before half time to leave the score 20 – 5 at the break. The second half started in similar fashion, with Norton more than holding their own and were rewarded when Captain Patrick scored in the right hand corner to bring Norton back within two scores.
Cleve however, upped their game after this and their size, pace and power saw them score a further three unanswered tries to secure the victory. The final score line probably doesn’t quite reflect the nature of the match and the Norton performance, which was full of commitment, effort and skill and was praised by the Cleve coaches at the final whistle. Cleve were certainly worthy victors, although Norton can take much out this performance, which was arguably an improvement on their 60 point victory the previous week.
Sunday 15th March 2015 at Norton Down
Midsomer Norton RFC 61 – Wells RFC 0
A scintillating first half performance from Midsomer Norton Under 14s laid the platform for a comprehensive victory over near rivals Wells RFC.
Midsomer Norton welcomed Wells RFC to Norton Down for the first time this season and started the match at a blistering pace – scoring seven unanswered first half tries. Playing into the breeze Norton started on the front foot and soon opened the scoring through Thomas, and added to their tally when winger Callum scored a trade mark try with a searing run down the wing.
Prop James added a third try before Josh cruised over and then Callum doubled his tally for the match. Wells were struggling to cope with the powerful forward play and incisive running from the Norton backs. Further tries from Thomas and a second from James, with a conversion from Jacob saw the hosts lead 37 – 0 at the break.
Wells to their credit continued to battle and competed throughout the match, but Norton just had the edge in the exchanges. Thomas completed his second hat-trick in two weeks with the opening scores in the second half, one of which was converted by Jacob, before Captain Patrick joined the scorers list. Tim rounded off the scoring with the last play of the match, with James adding the extras to round off a fine all-round performance from the Norton boys.
They will hope to keep up their impressive recent form when they travel to Castle Cary next Sunday
Sunday 8th March 2015 at Norton Down
Midsomer Norton RFC 70 – Chew Valley RFC 0
Midsomer Norton welcomed near rivals Chew Valley to Norton Down last Sunday for the first time in two seasons, and were expecting a tough encounter. Norton however turned in a dominant display, controlling the match from start to finish to emerge comfortable winners.
Playing into the teeth of a strong wind, Norton started the match strongly and established a firm foothold in the game in the opening exchanges. Winger Callum opened the scoring with a fine break down the right wing, before further tries from Thomas, Patrick and Josh C. opened up a significant lead inside the first fifteen minutes of play. A try apiece from Josh W. and Jacob, who converted one of them, saw Norton hold a commanding 32 point advantage at half time.
The second stanza started much as the first half had with Norton dominating play. Chew Valley were struggling to make any inroads into Norton territory and early second half tries from centres Ethan and James extended the lead further. Chew Valley were certainly game and continued to compete but the impressive all-round play of the home side saw further tries from Jacob (2) and Thomas (2) round off a comprehensive victory.
Norton will certainly face stiffer opposition in the remainder of the season but this was an outstanding all-round performance from the home side. Norton will look to continue their fine play when they host Wells RFC next Sunday at Norton Down.
Sunday 1st March 2015 at Combe Down RFC.
Combe Down RFC 0 - Midsomer Norton RFC 24
With Ivel Barbarians unable to raise a team, Norton were indebted to Combe Down for stepping in at the last minute and hosting a match at the Glasshouse in Bath. It was the second week in a row that the two sides had locked horns.
The match started in bright conditions with a strong cross breeze that favoured neither team. The first half turned into a real arm wrestle with the large and combative Combe Down pack keeping the Norton forwards busy and when Norton did expand the game into the backs found the going equally tough in the midfield as well, due to some good tackling and lateral play from Norton.
Norton however were always the more likely to open the scoring and did so close to half time when prop James scrambled over in the right hand corner. The conversion sailed across the posts. As half time approached, only a fine covering tackle from Jacob kept the hosts out and ensured that Norton went into the break with a slender lead.
The second half saw Norton begin to take more control of the match as they stepped up their efforts and the Combe Down side began to tire. Norton extended their lead early into the second half when following some good inter-change play, a bull-dozing run from second row forward Josh Corp saw him score next to the posts. Jacob added the extras and Norton were soon extending their advantage when Miles barged over in trade mark fashion to take the game away from Combe Down, Jacob again adding the extras.
As Norton eventually began to control the game, a fine backs move saw full-back Josh score his sides fourth try to close out the game in Norton’s favour. This was a close and hard fought victory against Combe Down and Norton were certainly made to work for their win, but having said that Norton were the deserved victors. Norton continue their fixture list when they welcome Chew Valley to Norton Down next Sunday.
Midsomer Norton under-14s show great character to battle back for draw at Old Redcliffians
October 05, 2014
Old Redcliffians U14 10 Midsomer Norton U14 10
Midsomer Norton under-14s expected a tough encounter when they travelled to Brislington to face Old Redcliffians on Sunday – and they were not disappointed.
The visitors were immediately under pressure as a dropped ball at the kick-off allowed Old Reds to force a series of scrums, with their enormous pack finally breaking through a determined defence to score the opening try in the fifth minute. Norton responded well and carried the ball into the Reds half, only to fall foul of the referee’s whistle – a pattern that was to continue for the remainder of the match.
It became increasingly difficult for Norton to secure any sort of foothold and, as a result, the game became a stop-start affair. Old Reds doubled their advantage at the start of the second half, although the ball carrier appeared to be well short of the line as the try was given.
This spurred the Norton boys on, and despite the constant flow of penalties against them, they deservedly got back into the match when prop James Robson crashed over the line. Only some poor handling prevented Norton from levelling sooner but they were not to be denied and fly-half James Rawlings ghosted though a gap in the Reds defensive line to score out wide.
The draw was no more than Norton deserved for a display of passion, commitment and tenacity in the face of much adversity. They will be all the stronger for this performance and the character shown by the players was a credit to themselves and the club.
Mid Norton U14 start season with good cup victory
September 28, 2014
Mid Norton U14 44 North Bristol U14 5
Midsomer Norton kicked off their season with a comprehensive victory over North Bristol to progress through to the next round of the Bristol Junior Combination Cup.
Norton took the initiative in the opening stages and some fine work by the pack saw them create plenty of possession for the backs to take advantage of. Josh Wilford opened the scoring early on with a fine searing run through the midfield to touch down under the posts. James Rawlings added the extras.
Norton soon crossed the Bristol line again when good handling by the backs saw winger Callum Cocks score in the corner. Bristol were struggling to hold the surging Norton side back and further first-half tries followed from James Rawlings, James Robson, Gregor Morgan and Thomas Wells. Rawlings converted Wells’ try to leave the half-time score at 34-0.
Norton made sure that all players were rotated throughout the game, giving everyone the chance to gain match experience, often in unfamiliar positions. Bristol never gave in and their second-half performance saw a much more evenly-contested match.
Following Robson’s second Norton try, Bristol were rewarded for their improved showing with a touchdown in the corner. Norton were still well in control and had the ball over the North Bristol line on three further occasions, although they failed to score on any of them in the face of stout defence. Thomas White rounded off the scoring, however, when his surging drive saw him power over the Bristol line.Mid Norton U14 start season with good cup victory