U16s Team Match Reports
Season 2018 - 2019
Bristol Combination Plate Final
Bath 29 v Midsomer Norton 15
3rd May 2019
After the disappointment of loosing the Somerset cup five days earlier in a game that the lads massively Under performed, Norton travelled to Melksham to play the Bristol Combination plate final against a Bath side blessed with Bath academy and Beecham Cliff players, and to be honest there wasn’t a lot between them. The Norton lads put in a massive shift of guts and confident play.
Even though Bath came out on top, the score flatters them due to a last minute score.
Norton burst out of the blocks and after sustained pressure driving up the middle of the pitch, it was Flyhalf Finn Shakespeare that scored near the posts. Deadly added the extras. Bath then hit back with good hard running and scored two quick tries as Norton’s defence had been sucked in and left gaps out wide to take them into a 10-7 lead. Deadly then elected to kick a penalty from 40 metres out and with deafening silence adding to the pressure, he slotted it between the posts to level the scores.
It seemed like the massive effort was taking its toll on Norton after Bath scored two more first half tries, one excellent one from a front peel from a lineout. Regrouping at the interval, Norton applied most of the pressure and played most of the rugby in the second half . With Finn playing with confidence and the new look scrum being dominant throughout and Nathan and Haydn making big hard runs. After five minutes Luka Williams who had a great game scored a fantastic try, clearing up from a kick over the top and beating several defenders on the outside to score in the corner to reduce the arrears to seven points.
Lots more pressure to follow but Norton were unable to convert it, and that had a lot to do with Baths good solid defence. Bath then scored in the dying seconds to finish the game off and win the cup.
A massive thanks to everyone who travelled to melksham to support the boys as Norton’s support out numbered baths by at least two to one.
And the massive positive from the game was the boys spirit after the game. Even though they lost two finals in 5 days their spirits were amazing and the way they conducted themselves was a massive credit to Midsomer Norton rugby club.
This was the boys first game under flood lights and their last game as a single age group and we look forward to them going into Colts with the year above next season
Somerset Cup Final
Keynsham 22 v Midsomer Norton 5
28th April 2019
This was not to be Norton’s day on their biggest game of the season as they ran out second best against a committed Keynsham outfit.
From the start things didn’t go their way and couldn’t get out of second gear. This plus two good tries that were not given summed the day up, if only there was television replays at this level.
Norton’s conciliation try came from Luka but was to late to change the momentum of the game.
Keynsham ran out worthy winners and congratulations to them on their deserved victory.
Even though battered and scraped from playing on a 4G pitch, Norton’s final game of the season will be this Friday against Bath in the Combination Plate final to be played at Melksham RFC 7.30 pm.
A fitting end to a great season for a bunch of hard working lads playing under the flood lights for the first time.
Dorchester 15 v Midsomer Norton 45
14th April 2019
Norton travelled to Dorchester for the first ever meeting between the two sides at this age group.
With a few injuries, holiday absentees and the unknown opponents, it was a good test for the remaining players before the Somerset cup final in two weeks time.
Ethan long was first on the score sheet for Nor with an abrasive run from the half way line, bursting through several tackles before breaking clear.
Jake Kilburn was next with fantastic run and step to beat the last man to score under the posts. Both converted by Deadly.
After a loose bit of play Dorchester got a try back. Before Finn scored and then great support play by Spencer Williams got him a well deserved try, Finn converting to take the half time score to 26-5 Unfortunately the second half performance wasn’t so good mainly due to four Dorchester injuries which meant Norton had to go down to 11 aside.
Even though Jake scored two more tries to complete his hat trick straddled by Dorchester tries as Nors concentration lasped.
Returning after a six week injury break, Noah made his come back and scored a try plus conversion to put the icing on the cake.
Luckily Norton received no injuries, but wish the two Dorchester players a speedy recovery from their injuries.
The visitors coming out on top by 45-15 The U16s next game is the Somerset cup final being at Weston Hornets ground v local rivals Keynsham on the 28th of April 1 pm ko
Somerset Cup Semifinal
Taunton 25 v Midsomer Norton 30
24th March 2019
This was Norton’s second semifinal in as many weeks. But this was the big one everyone wanted to win.
A massive game, a massive performance and a massive result against a senior club that are in national league two.
From the start norton set out their stall and from a great hanging kick off from Finn, Taunton caught the ball but were hit by Charlie and Jake and even though they never turned the ball over, from every other kick off the Taunton players didn’t want to be the ball catcher or were waiting for the inevitable.
Both teams looked good with ball in hand and it was Norton who were first on the scoreboard with ten minutes gone as Deadly slotted a penalty over from the twenty two.
Taunton then showed their pace out wide and scored a converted try.
Norton got straight back and from good build up play Finn threaded a kick through, Luka was on hand to score as the ball popped up straight into his arms.
A penalty from the fly half put Taunton back in front before Alfie Gregory scoring only his second try for the club gratefully received the ball and crashed over from close to the line, converted by Deadly to take Norton into a 15-10 lead. Then a momentary lapse from Nor saw Taunton elect to kick for goal on the last play of the half, it hit the post and it was the Taunton winger who reacted quickest and scored a try in the corner from the follow up. Bringing the scores level at half time.
This seemed to unnerve Norton and from the restart the visitors failed to control the ball and after a mad scramble Taunton scored and minutes later a great break from the backs extended the lead to ten points and with the noisy home crowd banging on the advertising boards in delight it was time for Norton to dig in and settle it down and that’s what they done showing great spirit and resolve.
Finn, Norton’s man of the match then bustled over from close range before Luka got his second as good hands saw the gap open up and he took his chance well.
With the scores level and five minutes remaining, Norton would have been the team to go through as they scored the first points.
Norton lost a player to a yellow card so had to dig extra deep and it was from a five meter lineout that Ollie scored in the corner to take the lead The home side then threw everything at Norton for the last five minutes but intense talking and harassing drove Taunton from a couple of metres out to outside the twenty two where Notton turned it over, got the ball to Finn who kicked the ball into touch to end the game.
A great nail biting game from both teams, who left nothing on the pitch
Midsomer Norton 82 v Frome 5
17th March 2019
Norton hosted their second consecutive local derby and never really got into top gear, being a bit lazy at ruck and scrum time.
Starting slowly; it took quite a few minutes for the home team to string any kind of move together, and it as Finn who’s try scoring form continues, going over in the corner.
Frome then played some decent rugby from the restart and deservedly scored out wide.
Further tries from Finn, Luka (3) Jake,Callum and an individual effort from Haydn who caught the ball from a restart and galloped his way up the pitch for a try meant that Norton lead 47-5 at the interval
The second half Norton scored six more tries from Ollie, Jake, Tom and Callum with two more to get his hat trick. Finally Ethan rounded the scoring off after a bustling run through the midfield. Finn (4) and Deadly (2) added the conversions to the tries on what was yet again a blustery day.
Good link play from the backs and of note Ollie and Spencer from the forwards lead to most of the tries being team efforts.
For most of the second half Norton leant Frome a front row in the form of Deadly and he relished the opportunity to play against his team mates
Frome never gave up putting in a hard shift.
Next week Norton have a very tough trip to Taunton in the semi final of the Somerset cup
Midsomer Norton 19 v Wells 7
10th March 2019
Norton hosted local rivals Wells in the semi-finals of the Bristol Combination plate in a very competitive match, played in near gale force conditions. The weather meant it would be a game of direct running rather than elaborate back moves.
Against the elements the home team started brightly as Wells failed to take the ball from the kick-off, and with instant pressure should have scored within minutes of the start. Ten minutes in and Norton hadn’t left their opponents half, the pressure told, and it was flyhalf Finn who powered over from close range. Ten minutes later, it was Finn again who scored his second out wide. Both converted by Deadly the second being an excellent strike from a difficult angle against the wind.
Wells now began to get into the game more, but Norton’s defence held strong. But Wells scored with five minutes of the half left after charging down a clearance kick, Ollie Osbourne gratefully scoring from the rebound. Converted to pull the arrears back to seven points
The second half was a half of mistakes due to the weather conditions and the pressure of a semi-final meant a few wrong decisions were made but the big pluses of the day were Norton’s defence and defensive line speed which nullified all their opponents’ attacks.
It took until five minutes from time for Norton to execute the final blow as Ollie Attwood drove over the line to extend the lead to 19-7. Norton couldn’t take the conversion as a Wells player received a neck injury in the build up to the score. The game was finished, and Norton deserved the victory from what turned out to be a hard-fought team effort.
Luckily after going to hospital the Wells player was given the all clear suffering only soft tissue damage. Norton wish him a speedy recovery.
A great game played in good spirit by two committed teams.
Norton will now play Bath u16s in the final on April the 7th at Lockleaze
Avonvale 0 v Midsomer Norton 57
3rd March 2019
Norton travelled to Avonvale for their final warm up game before next week’s home Bristol plate semi-final against Wells.
The visitors started sluggishly as the wet weather caused problems holding on to the ball. And it was from scrappy play Jake was first on the score sheet. Luka then ran from his own twenty-two to score the first of his brace. His next score was from a good build up and received a flat pass to sprint in from the home teams twenty-two. Deadly converted all three to take Norton into a 21-0 half time lead
The half time team talk asked Norton to up the pace of the game and exceed the points scored in the first half.
Tom was next on the score sheet after a good cross field kick from Finn, second row Haydn broke clear midfield and showed good pace to score under the posts and similarly Cam done the same shortly after. The rucks were getting better now and Norton were stealing some of their opponents line out but it was from one of their own the next try came after the catch and drive was set up, the maul started to splinter and Deadly broke off with two team mates driving him over the line to take his points tally to 17 for the day.
Ollie then powered over from close range for the penultimate try before Tom scored his second after quick hands from Luka and cam put him in unopposed in the corner.
Charlie Gumbleton had a good day putting in some big tackles and Alfie Gregory carried a lot of ball from prop.
Even though Avonvale never scored, they never gave up and battled to the end.
Devizes 5 Midsomer Norton 57
24th Feb 2019
Midsomer Norton travelled to Devizes for the second time this season. And after a hard seven point victory in the first game, the visitors ran out comfortably winners against a slightly weaker Devizes team.
Never the less Norton worked hard for each other and earned this good victory.
Eight minutes in Ollie Attwood was the first on the score sheet after a powerful run. Not to be outdone Nathan drove hard from loose play to extend the lead.
The home team then got their only score of the game, after a clever grubber kick through.
Noah hit back immediately with a really strong aggressive run from midfield and likewise Jake scored in the same way shortly after.
Norton were now dominant in all aspects of the game and extended their lead with tries by Jacob and Noah The second half saw the visitors switch off as the game was already won and started to make numerous mistakes at crucial times.
But this didn’t stop them from racking up three more tries from Cam, Dev and Ethan.
Finn had another strong game kicking six conversions. Sam stone was excellent in the lineout taking four of his opponents ball and Ollie was a menace with some bullocking all game.
Combe Down 7 Midsomer Norton 29
10th Feb 2019
After all the snow melting and heavy rain Norton’s pitches were un playable. So thanks to combedown for reversing the fixture to their ground.
With a few players unavailable and a few out of position, Norton played a good solid game against a much improved combedown team.
Captain Noah who had a fine game scored Norton’s first after a strong break in midfield, converted by deadly.
Taking the game to their opponents, Norton were always looking for an offload. Not always working but when it did they made large inroads In behind the Combe defence, who competed very well at ruck time.
And from good build up play Norton won a penalty ten meters from Combes line. Nathan Beales was quickest to react and tapped and drove hard and low for a well deserved try.
Combe then put together a good ten minutes of pressure and after stout defence a few penalties were given away and they were awarded a penalty try to cut the half time lead to 12-7 in Norton’s favour.
Combe started the second half with their tails up but failed to add to their score. And again it was Noah who sniped from a five meter scrum to score out wide.
Finn then scored after chasing down a kick, turning over the ball and scoring under the posts but failed to put the icing on the cake by hitting the post with his conversion.
And finally Jake scored Norton’s final try converted by deadly to take the final score to 29-7.
A bit of a rusty performance after three weeks off but never the less all players put in a shift.Cam stone had an excellent game, good under the high ball and making some solid tackles
Midsomer Norton 53 v Weston hornets 17
13th Jan 2019
A great weekend for the juniors in the quarter finals of the Somerset cup, with the U16s and u15s both progressing through to the semifinals.
The U16s entertained Weston hornets and in blustery conditions played some decent rugby watched by a good crowd.
Norton playing into the wind and up the slope started very brightly and from the kick off went through the phases before sending the ball along the line after a good break from Jake Kilburn, who’s off load enabled Luka to score in the corner.
Not long after a similar build up saw Callum use his pace to score in the same corner. Luka who had a fine game scored two more tries before Hornets large lock scored unopposed in the corner, to reduce the deficit to 22-5 on half time.
Finn who had another good game at flyhalf battered his way through the middle to score under the posts. Jake then scored the first of his three tries with Hornets responding with tries between them. Finally Luka got his fourth and norton final score of the game to take the final score to 53-17 to norton. Deadly and Finn got two conversions each on what was a horrible day for kicking.
With Luka and Jake scoring seven tries between them, it sounds like a two man show but every try was from a good build up and ball going through the hands. And the scrum was very dominant from the start against a team that’s not used to be moved backwards.
North Bristol 19 v Midsomer Norton 55
6th Jan 2018
After the two week Christmas break the U16s were back in action with a tricky visit to North Bristol in the combination plate quarter final. And but for a couple of lapses in concentration put in a decent all round performance.
Urged to get a quick start, norton gathered the kick off and after a couple of minutes Prop Dev drove over from close range for a try. Deadly scored the second soon after, with a powerful line break from centre. He converted his own try to take a 12 - 0 lead into the second quarter. Jake Kilburn then went off with a nasty cut.
The hosts then scored a decent converted try to reduce the arrears to five points.
Finn scored next followed by an Ollie brace, two converted by deadly to take the half time lead to 31-7
Norton then took a nap at the start of the second half and North scored another try.
Jake then returned bandaged up to score two good tries, Finn converting one before Finn scored his second after a good break from his own half. North scored a converted try before hooker Spencer Williams received a good pass out wide and ran in from Ten meters to score Nors final points. North Bristol then camped on nortons line for the final five minutes, but resolute defence held them out to finish off the game.
Next week Norton U16s host Weston Hornets in the quarter finals of the Somerset cup 11 am kick off
Midsomer Norton 33 Clevedon 5
9th Dec 2018
After heavy rain the previous few days the U16s were lucky the pitch was playable to host Clevedon for this friendly fixture.
Clevedon started the brighter with the elements in their favour and after an early stalemate they opened the scoring after a scrum five meters out after quarter of an hour. Norton seemed to be a couple of paces off of their normal selves and this showed with below par rucking and at times shoddy passing, as numerous balls were dropped with lacklustre passes.
Having said that the home team did improve as the game went on and midway through the first half Charlie Gumbleton scored after a good build up from the forwards, Finn converting to help the hosts take a 7-5 lead into half time.
With the wind and slope, Norton started to take control of the game and after a strong run from Deadly and a couple of phases later, Jake K scored between the posts. Luka then split the defence from quick scrum ball and scored in the corner to increase the lead. Deadly converting well from out wide in blustery conditions.
The visitors played most of the second half in their own half and the pressure told as captain Noah dived over in the corner after a good build up.
And with the final play of the game little and large combined and Ollie helped drive Jacob over the line to finish off a penalty move.
A solid result but plenty to work on ready for tough games ahead
Next week the U16s travel to Crewkerne for their final fixture before Christmas
North Dorset 0 Midsomer Norton 57
25th Nov 2018
After a cry off for a home game , Norton were given the chance to travel to North Dorset for the first time. To add to their tour of their counties season.
Norton were quick out of the blocks and from the kick off the ball found its way to Jake Kilburn who’s pace got him over the try line.
The home team then settled down and the game remained even for the next ten minutes before today’s try of the game was scored by captain Watts, after a great break from props Devrim and Alfie running at immense pace up the middle of the park.
Jake, who was a thorn in his opponents side all afternoon scored two more tries along with Nathan Beales. Who picked up from the back of a ruck and pounced over the line to extend the half time lead to 33-0.
Luka woke the team up after a sleepy five minutes at the turn around, with a brace of tries before Jake got his fourth and Nathan his second. Finn and Deadly converted three tries each on what proved to be a great all round team performance against very physical opponents.
Great performances by Finn,Jake and Devrim but the teams discipline held strong when tested and showed a real maturity in their play.
Weston Super Mare 33 Midsomer Norton 65
18th Nov 2018
Norton travelled to Weston Super Mare on Sunday in the first round of the Somerset cup and came away with an impressive if not clinical victory.
It was Luka Williams who made the first try with a strong run from his own line drawing his defender and putting winger Callum Bell in from his own half to score under the posts.
Weston hit back either side of Jake Kilburn's try to keep themselves well in the hunt before Ollie received an inside pop and powered over with a strong run from his own half. Finn then scored, powering over from close range. He then kicked a good penalty into the srong wind to take the half time score to 29—14.
Haydn started the ball rolling in the second half with a good try and further tries from Luka, Deadly, Noah and Sam Stone extended the lead . Weston then scored two scrappy tries which Norton should of dealt with before Jake got his second and most pleasing try with a training ground play at real pace.
Weston finished with a try on the final play after Norton failed to clear their lines. Overall a good team performance which has earned them a home tie against Weston hornets in the quarter final in early January.
Next week Norton entertain Winscombe at Norton Down.
Avonvale & Bath U16s 10 Midsomer Norton U16s 24
4th Nov 2018
Norton travelled to play a mixed Avonvale and Bath team on a wet Sunday morning and left winners.
Despite, the wet ball it was an entertaining game played in good spirit.
From the kick-off Norton began brightly, taking the game to their opponents well. The pack gelled well together, especially at the scrum, and worked hard at the breakdown. Nathan Beales scored Norton's first try after five minutes, reacting quickest to a loose ball at the breakdown. Luka scored a good try in the corner ten minutes before half-time to extend the lead to 10-0. Finn's conversion unluckily hit the post. Tom Sparey was on the end of a good move after a long pass from Finn to extend the lead, before the home team hit back with a of their own.
Norton's front row had a good day, and it was Spencer Greenhalgh who barged over for their final score. Both second half tries were converted by Luke. The hosts scored the final try from a good lineout five metres out.
Overall it was a good performance in wet conditions, otherwise another four or five tries could have been scored by Nor, who saw good performances from Kai Holmes at No8 and Charlie Gumbleton at hooker.
Frome U16s 0 Midsomer Norton U16s 64
21st Oct 2018
MIDSOMER Norton travelled to Gypsy Lane to play local rivals Frome and came away with a good, if not
clinical, victory against an injury-ravaged outfit. From the kick-off Haydn picked up a ball that was allowed to bounce and ran in to score with seconds on the clock.
Further tries came from Luka (2) Charlie, Luke and Noah to give Norton a commanding lead at half-time.
After ten minutes of the second half, further tries from Jake and the try of the day from Tom Sparey after a good forward build up and also good hands through the backs, increased the lead.
Frome went down to 13 men, so the visitors lent them Luke and Charlie for the last 20 minutes, which helped keep Norton to two further tries in the half scored by Luka and Jake.
This made Norton play better rugby at the breakdown and in the tackle, as they also denied Frome a consolation try in the last few minutes. Finn Shakespeare had another fine game in open play, kicking four conversations, while Luke added three.
Devizes U16s 7 Midsomer Norton U16s 14
14th Oct 2018
Midsomer Norton under-16s came out on top in a close contest played in wet and windy conditions at Devizes
The visitors caught the ball and went into contact from the kick off, which led to an injury for Eathan. When the game restarted, Devizes camped in Norton's half for 15 minutes and only some stout defending kept them out.
Norton stepped up a gear and took the game to their opponents, opening the scoring late with a converted try late in the first half when Finn Shakespeare cut back inside and barged through three defenders to score under the posts.
In a tight second half both sides were involved in a midfield battle until Jake Kilburn broke from fullback to set up Norton's second converted try. With five minutes to go Devizes halved the arrears with one of their own as Norton went down to 14 following a yellow card.
Norton make the short trip to local rivals Frome this weekend
Midsomer Norton U16 19 Southmead U16 7
30th Sept 2018
Midsomer Norton under 16s bounced back with a confident team- performance against a tough Southmead side.
Against the elements in the first half the hosts should have had several scores but had to settle for an Ollie Attwood try after a good catch and drive from a lineout 15 metres out. Deadly converted.
The second half saw Norton taking the game to their opponents and it was debutant Ethan Long, who finished off a fine move after Nathan Beales' great running line set up the score after good hands. And Long got his second with a strong run in, after good build-up play from his team-mates, Deadly converting to take the lead to 19-0. Norton had themselves to blame after being caught napping as Southmead took a quick penalty from their own 22m and ran the length of the pitch for a converted try.
But for Norton it was a good all-round team performance with Sam Stone to the fore at the front of the line out, stealing several balls on opposition throws
Dings U16s 59 Midsomer Norton U16 0
23rd Sept 2018
Artificial pitch proves tough for youngsters
IT was a hard day at the office for Norton's under-16s as they traveled to Dings Crusaders' new pitch, playing on 4G for the first time in the preliminary round of the Combination Cup.
With a depleted squad, Norton made too many basic mistakes and each one lead to a Dings score as they racked up a 35-0 lead after 20 minutes.
The visitors then started to get into the game and for the next 20 minutes matched their opponents, keeping the period scoreless. But with only one on the bench and the hard going of the 4G, Norton ran out of steam and let in three late tries.
Special mentions went for Noah Watts and Luka Williams, who worked their socks off all game.
This week Norton entertain Southmead at Norton Down.
26th March 2017 at Oxford Harlequins RFC.
Oxford Harlequins RFC 5 - Midsomer Norton RFC 24.
Haywards Heath RFC 7 – Midsomer Norton 12.
Midsomer Norton RFC Under 16s travelled to Oxford last Sunday to take on the Oxford Harlequins and Haywards Heath rugby clubs in a 3-way morning of rugby.
In the first match, Norton avenged a defeat from earlier in the season, running in 4 tries against the hosts. After falling behind in the opening exchanges, Norton responded with 3 well fashioned tries of their own before half time to lead 5 – 19 at the break. The game was sealed in Norton’s favour when prop Alistair Milling barged over the line for his first ever try in junior rugby. Final score 5 – 24.
In the second match of the morning, Winger Alfie Whittaker gave Norton the lead, but the team from Sussex responded to score under the posts to lead 7 – 5 at half time. In a hard fought second period, Norton eventually secured their second win of the morning when scrum half Gregor Morgan burst through to score under the posts. James Rawlings added the extras to hand Norton the win.
19th March 2017 at Midsomer Norton RFC.
Midsomer Norton RFC 15 – Nailsea & Backwell RFC 0.
Despite playing the whole match with 14 players, Midsomer Norton RFC Under 16s still manged to overcome a resilient and much improved Nailsea & Backwell RFC at Norton Down last Sunday.
Playing into the breeze in the first half, Norton went ahead when Thomas Wells chased a kick through to score in the left-hand corner. The visitors had plenty of opportunity to open their account but some resolute defending kept the North Somerset side out – holding them up when over the line on several occasions. Half time: Midsomer Norton 5 – Nailsea & Backwell 0.
The second half saw Norton playing with the breeze at their backs and they used this effectively, penning the visitors into their own half for long periods and secured the victory with tries from Patrick Howell and a second from Thomas Wells.
12th March 2017
Midsomer Norton RFC 20 – Yeovil 17.
Midsomer Norton RFC Under 16s welcomed Yeovil RFC to Norton Down last Sunday and emerged victors from a pulsating and highly skilled match between two good sides.
Norton started the match on the front foot, racing into a 10-point lead within the first 5 minutes. Firstly, flanker Patrick Howell crossed and then centre Josh Wilford left the defence helpless to score an excellent try. Yeovil did respond with a try of their own, before a fantastic team move starting in their own half was finished by captain Patrick Withey to ease Norton further ahead.
An excellent interception by Sam Mead from a line out saw Norton go further ahead early in the second half. The South Somerset side were certainly not finished and scored two further tries to come within three points. Norton however, held out to claim their second close victory over Yeovil this season.
5th March 2017 at Midsomer Norton RFC.
Midsomer Norton RFC 22 – North Petherton12.
Midsomer Norton RFC 24 – Beaconsfield RFC14.
Midsomer Norton RFC Under 16s welcomed old rivals North Petherton RFC and touring team Beaconsfield RFC to Norton Down last Sunday, in what proved to be an entertaining and enjoyable mornings rugby, despite the conditions.
First up for Norton was North Petherton, a team they had yet to beat in junior rugby, despite several close games. Despite playing into the stiff breeze and uphill, Norton opened the scoring when Thomas Wells barged over, and they extended their lead further when James Robson also scored. North Petherton did respond with a converted try to leave the half time score at Midsomer Norton 10 – North Petherton 7.
The opening exchanges of the second half saw Norton camped in the opposition 22, and went further ahead when Josh Wilford cut a fine line to score. Petherton did respond to bring the scores back closer, but a final try from James Robson, converted by James Rawlings saw Norton claim the spoils. Final Score Midsomer Norton 22 – North Petherton 12.
Next up was touring side Beaconsfield RFC who brought a large squad with them to the West Country. Indeed, it was the visitors that opened the scoring to open a 7-point margin. Norton however reacted well and despite playing into the strengthening wind and up the hill, got themselves back in the game when James Robson crossed. Half time: Midsomer Norton 5 – Beaconsfield 7.
With the wind and slope at their backs, the Norton pack got stuck into the visitor’s forwards in the second half and were rewarded when first Patrick Howell and then James Robson crossed the line to take Norton into the lead. A fine try from a Beaconsfield player saw them reduce the deficit but Norton secured victory when Robson claimed his hat-trick from a series of forward drives, Rawlings converting. Final score Midsomer Norton 24 – Beaconsfield 14.
26th February 2017
Midsomer Norton RFC 52 – Chew Valley RFC 0.
Midsomer Norton RFC Under 16s welcomed near rivals Chew Valley RFC to Norton Down last Sunday and came away with a comprehensive victory for the second time this season.
The match began with Chew Valley enjoying the benefit of the breeze and the slight slope in the first half. It was the hosts however that started the match on the front foot, enjoying good field position and possession. This eventually told when winger Alfie Whittaker cut a nice line to score near the posts, James Rawlings adding the extras. A series of rolling mauls saw Norton camped on the visitors try line and were eventually rewarded when captain Patrick Withey was in possession to dot down and extend Norton’s lead, Rawlings again converting. Half time score Midsomer Norton 12 – Chew Valley 0.
With the breeze strengthening Norton dominated the second half, with Chew Valley only making the rarest of incursions into Norton territory. Patrick Howell extended the Norton lead and then Kieron Humphries showed great foot work to fly hack through, control the ball and touch down. Jacob Brooks-Scully this time adding the extras.
Howell added his second of the match when he barged over, before Josh Wilford ran a jinking line to leave the visitors tacklers grasping thin air to score under the posts, Brooks-Scully converting. A barging run saw prop Josh Kelsey crash over before winger Kieron Williams touched down in the last minute, Rawlings converting both tries to leave the final score at Midsomer Norton 52 – Chew Valley 0.
5th February 20
Walcot RFC 17 - Midsomer Norton RFC 10.
Midsomer Norton Under 16s travelled to the north side of Bath on Sunday to take on Walcot RFC and returned with a narrow defeat.
The match started in the cold and fog at Lansdown, with conditions meaning that the match was high in effort but lacking in skill at times. After a tight opening quarter, it was the hosts that went ahead, although Norton responded well and brought the scores level when winger Alfie Whittaker was finally put into space to score. Half time Walcot 5 – Midsomer Norton 5.
The second half saw Walcot go back in front when a series of missed tackles allowed them to cross the Norton line. A third try for the North Bath side, again aided by some missed tackles, seemed to spur the Norton boys forward and they got back into the match when a series of driving mauls saw the ball in Thomas Whites hands as they crossed the line.
With their tails up, Norton were unable to get the levelling score and the game was seemingly brought to a premature conclusion by the referee, leaving the hosts to claim victory. Final score Walcot 17 – Midsomer Norton 10.
Sunday 15th January 2017
St. Bernadette’s RFC 0 - Midsomer Norton RFC 41
Midsomer Norton RFC Under 16s travelled to St. Bernadette’s RFC for the second time this season and again came away with a comprehensive victory against robust and physical opponents.
The opening exchanges set the scene for much of the match, with two combative packs locking horns in a midfield battle for possession and field position. It is to Norton’s credit that they had the edge in the majority of these exchanges, and were rewarded with first half scores from prop James Robson and fly-half James Rawlings to take a 10-point lead into the half time break.
Norton’s defence was again solid in the second half and limited the South Bristol sides dangerous full-back to limited forays into the Norton half. Norton’s pack was then rewarded for their hard work with scores from flankers Thomas Wells and Patrick Howell to extend Norton’s lead further.
With the game finally beginning to open up, three further tries from centre Jacob Brooks-Scully, winger Kieron Williams and scrum-half Gregor Morgan saw the visitors comfortably home in the end, although they were forced to work for everything by the hosts. Final score St. Bernadette’s RFC 0 - Midsomer Norton RFC 41.
Sunday 8th January 2017
Midsomer Norton RFC 46 – Winscombe RFC 5.
Following the festive break, Midsomer Norton RFC Under 16s welcomed Winscombe RFC to Norton Down, for their first outing of 2017. In what proved to be an entertaining affair, Norton worked hard to overcome their North Somerset opponents, turning in a fine all-round performance.
From the outset, Midsomer Norton worked hard to keep the Winscombe side pressed side in their own half, establishing territory and possession in the opening exchanges. Norton saw plenty of ball, but could not find their cutting edge to open up the resolute defence. Indeed, it was well into the first half before Norton opened the scoring, when winger Callum Cocks touched down in the right hand corner. Half time score Midsomer Norton 5 – Winscombe 0.
The second half began in much the same fashion, with Norton keeping Winscombe contained into their own half. The amount of possession and field position eventually told as Norton extended their advantage through tries from Josh Wilford and Thomas Wells. Winscombe did respond with a fine try, scored in the corner by their right winger.
Midsomer Norton however, reacted well, crossing the visitors line from the restart through Callum Cocks, James Rawlings adding the extras. Norton really began to dominate the game from here on in, having earned the right to do so with excellent defence. Tries from winger Alfie Whittaker, following a searing break from Josh Wilford, and James Rawlings, were followed by a brace of tries from Flanker Patrick Howell, to leave the home side with a comprehensive victory against good opposition. Final score Midsomer Norton 46 – Winscombe 5.
Sunday 4th December 2016
Taunton RFC 55 - Midsomer Norton RFC 0.
Midsomer Norton RFC Under 16s came away empty handed after their Somerset Cup quarter-final defeat at Taunton last Sunday. The hosts had too much strength for the visiting Norton side, and deservedly progressed into the Semi Final at Norton’s expense.
Taunton started the match strongly, with their large and powerful pack, carrying the ball strongly around the fringes of the ruck. Norton’s defence was firm, but the volume of possession the Taunton side had was always going to take its toll. Taunton had already crossed four times, when on the stroke of halftime, they cantered in for their fifth try.
Norton continued to make their tackles in the second half, but the strong midfield and back row of Taunton continued to punch holes in the Norton defence to score further tries. Norton certainly did not lack character, but in truth did not have enough possession or territory and never really looked like threatening the Taunton Line. Final score Taunton 55 – Midsomer Norton 0.
Facing Taunton side for the first time in several seasons, the Norton boys new they would be in for a tough match, and although they succumbed to a heavy defeat, the boys can be immensely proud of the commitment and tenacity in their performance.
Sunday 20th November 2016
Midsomer Norton RFC 25 – Walcot RFC 15.
Midsomer Norton RFC Under 16s welcomed old rivals Walcot RFC to Norton Down last Sunday, seeking a first victory against them in the junior ranks. In conditions that were surprisingly good, given the overnight downpour, Norton lost the toss and began the match playing up hill and into a gentle breeze.
It was the hosts however that opened the scoring however, when scrum half Gregor Morgan found a gap in the Walcot defence to score the games first try, fly half James Rawlings adding the conversion. The contest was certainly competitive in all facets of the game, with little to choose between two skilful and committed teams. Walcot levelled the scores with a great try, which saw them score in the right hand corner after some good handling. With the conversion added, Walcot then edged into the lead when Norton strayed offside and the Bath side slotted the resulting penalty to go into the break with a narrow lead.
With the advantage of the breeze and slope, Norton began the second half on the front foot and soon regained the advantage when captain Patrick Withey sprinted clear to score in the right hand corner. James Rawlings added the extras and then extended Norton’s lead with a penalty. Norton went further ahead when, following a catch and drive from a line out, the Norton pack had too much power for the hosts defence and Thomas Wells had the ball in his hands as they crossed the line.
Walcot claimed their second try of the match to reduce the deficit, before James Rawlings coolly slotted a penalty in the final minutes to seal Norton’s victory. The game was a great advert for junior rugby, played out in great spirit between two skilled and committed teams.
Sunday 13th November 2016
St. Bernadette’s Old Boy RFC 17 - Midsomer Norton RFC 41.
Midsomer Norton RFC Under 16s progressed into the semi-finals of the Bristol Junior Combination Cup, for the second successive season, after beating St. Bernadette’s Old Boys RFC on Sunday.
In bright and dry conditions, the match started with Norton on the front foot and after the hosts were penalised, James Rawlings coolly slotted the penalty to give the visitors the lead. Norton extended their advantage when Callum Cocks scored, Rawlings adding the extras. A fly hack through saw Jacob Brooks-Scully touch the ball down to add to Norton’s tally, Rawlings again converting.
The hosts did rally well towards the end of the first half, and crossed the Norton line to open their account. Half time score St. Bernadette’s Old Boy RFC 5 - Midsomer Norton RFC 17.
Norton began the second half again in control of the match. Their tough defence strangled the hosts attacks, meaning that Norton were able to maintain good field position. Norton extended their lead further through tries from Kieron Humphries and winger Alfie Whittaker, both converted by fly-half James Rawlings.
Jacob Brooks-Scully crossed for his second and Norton’s fifth try of the match, before the Bristol side scored a well worked try in the left hand corner. Patrick Howell restored Norton’s advantage shortly after though with a typical direct carry to the try line. St. Bernadette’s to their credit scored a converted try in the dying minutes to reduce the deficit, before some unsavoury scenes involving both sides, saw St. Bernadette’s reduced to 14 players in the final minute.
This was a tough and physical match, played in good spirit before the last minute melee, between two skilful teams. Norton held the advantage in the rucks and mauls and this, aided by some resolute tackling, saw them through to the semi-final with a comfortable, but hard earned victory.
Sunday 6th November 2016
Yeovil RFC 17 - Midsomer Norton RFC 22.
Midsomer Norton travelled to South Somerset last Sunday and returned with a well-earned and hard fought victory against Yeovil RFC.
For once Midsomer Norton started the match on the front foot and opened the scoring in the first two minutes when Alfie Whittaker crossed the line. James Rawlings converting. Norton looked bright in the opening exchanges and certainly could have converted more of their field position and possession into points. Only poor handling and execution prevented them from doing so.
They were rewarded half way through the first half, when Josh Wilford crossed in the left hand corner. James Rawlings added a fine conversion form the touch line to open up a 14-point advantage. It was the home team however, that finished the half the stronger and crossed the Norton line to leave the half time score at Yeovil 5 – Midsomer Norton 14.
Yeovil began the second half in the ascendency and scored a long range try in the left hand corner to reduce the deficit further. Indeed, the South Somerset surged into the lead when a strong run from the midfield, aided by some poor tackling, allowed them to score under the posts with a converted try.
This seemed to rally the Norton side who went back in front when Kieron Williams scored in the right hand corner following some good handling. With the game still in the balance, James Rawlings coolly slotted a penalty to extend Norton’s advantage. Yeovil pressed forward in the last five minutes and only some resolute defence lead by Patrick Howell saw the hosts denied another score.
Sunday 30th October 2016
Midsomer Norton RFC 31 Hornets RFC 41.
Midsomer Norton RFC Under 16s welcomed reigning Somerset Cup holders Hornets to Norton Down on Sunday. Following a tough match, during which the dominance of play shifted several times, it was the visitors from Weston-Super-Mare that deservedly took the spoils.
After a two week break from matches, Norton looked sluggish on the opening exchanges and were certainly second best in the forward battles where Hornets certainly played with more intensity. It was no surprise then that the visitors took the lead midway through the first half, and soon added two further tries to open up a 17-point advantage.
Norton rallied well at the end of the first half and were rewarded when Josh Wilford barged over to open the home sides account, following a spell of pressure on the Hornets line. Half time Midsomer Norton 5 – Hornets 17.
Hornets extended their advantage with a further two tries early in the second half to leave Norton facing a big battle to get back into the game. Winger Callum Cocks latched onto a kick through to run in from 30 metres to reduce the deficit, with Kieron Humphries converting. The Norton team, however were again guilty of missing tackles to allow Hornets to register three unanswered tries to take the game away from them.
They did rally well in the final 15 minutes, showing the kind of form that would have seen the result in doubt for much longer. Sam Mead scored a fine individual try, Rawlings adding the extras. Wilford crossed for his second in the left hand corner following some good handling and then prop Josh Kelsey touched down under the posts to complete scoring for the home side.
Sunday 9th October 2016 .
Combe Down RFC 0 - Midsomer Norton RFC 61
Midsomer Norton RFC Under 16s travelled into Bath last Sunday to take on Combe Down RFC and came away with a comprehensive victory. Despite missing seven players, Norton turned in a good all round performance to steal the win.
Playing downhill in the first half, Norton used the advantage to open the scoring with two early tries, Flanker Patrick Howell and Thomas Wells crossing the line for the visitors. Combe Down were struggling to make any progress up the field, with Norton dominating both territory and possession. Further first half tries from Wells, Alfie Whittaker and a snipers try from scrum half Gregor Morgan saw Norton comfortably ahead at the break. Half Time score Combe Down 0 – Midsomer Norton 27.
Combe Down, now playing with the advantage of the slope started the second half brightly, but it was Norton that extended their lead when Josh Kelsey crossed the line early in the second period. To their credit, Combe down kept plugging away but were unable to make any real impression against the resolute Norton defence and only really threatened the Norton line once, when a fine cover tackle from Norton captain Patrick Withey forced a Combe Down winger into touch near the try line.
As the game progressed, Norton extended their advantage with further scores from Wells, Whittaker (two), Josh Wilford and Kieron Humphries to seal a comprehensive victory in Bath. Only a wayward day from the kicking tee prevented Norton winning by a bigger margin, with only 3 of the 11 tries converted.
Sunday 2nd October 2016
Chew Valley RFC 19 - Midsomer Norton RFC 36
Midsomer Norton RFC Under 16s made the short journey to Chew Valley RFC last Sunday to play their Somerset Cup first round match. Following a very competitive match, it was the visitors that took the spoils to progress into the second round.
The match opened in bright sunshine, enjoyed by the players and spectators alike. Norton made their now customary slow start to the match, and went behind when a mazy run saw Chew Valley open the scoring. It was not long however, before Norton responded when tight head prop James Robson, playing at outside centre, cut a neat line to score. Norton edged ahead when Robson crossed again, James Rawlings this time adding the extras.
Chew Valley certainly posed a threat with ball in hand in the midfield with their strong and quick centres. With Norton pressing on the hosts goal line, a quick turnover, some missed tackles and a fine run saw Chew go the length of the field to score under the posts. The successful conversion saw the match tied at 12 – 12 at half time.
Having the advantage of the slight slope, Norton opened the second half on the front foot. Some resolute defence saw Chew keep the visitors at bay, and they always posed a threat when they put the ball through the hands in the backline. Norton edged back into the lead however, when Kieron Humphries crashed over and they extended their lead further soon after when scrum-half Gregor Morgan crossed the line to score.
A further score through Ollie Swales, converted by Jacob Brooks-Scully saw the visitors build a comfortable advantage, but the hosts lacked nothing in competitive spirit and crossed the Norton line again to get back into the match. Going into the last 10 minutes, there was all to play for in the match. Norton however, managed to secure the victory when Thomas Wells went over to score a try to seal the win. James Rawlings again adding the extras.
Chew were much improved from previous season’s encounters and the Norton boys certainly had to work hard to progress into the next round.
Sunday 25th September 2016
Avonvale RFC 10 - Midsomer Norton RFC 45
Midsomer Norton RFC Under 16s travelled to Bath to take on Avonvale RFC in the Bristol Junior Combination Cup first round last Sunday and came away with a hard fought victory.
Despite being bolstered by the return of players missing last week, Midsomer Norton started the match slowly and went behind to the hosts early on. Norton however, rallied quickly with a converted try from flanker Patrick Howell easing the visitors into the lead. A fly hack through from Jacob Brooks-Scully allowed winger Max Bartlett to edge Norton further ahead, again the try was converted by James Rawlings.
Norton however allowed a combative Avonvale side back into the game when the hosts crossed for their second try of the first half. Winger Alfie Whittaker however, managed to outpace the Avonvale defence to see Norton go into the half time break with a comfortable advantage. Half time Avonvale RFC 10 – Midsomer Norton RFC 21.
The second half began with Norton very much on the front, spending much of the opening exchanges in the Avonvale half. Avonvale did on occasion look threatening, especially in the midfield but due to some inaccurate play from Norton, allied with strong defence from the Bath side, the second period stayed scoreless until half way through.
Eventually the pressure told though and Thomas Wells carried the ball strongly to force his way over the line. This seemed to spur on the Norton side with further tries from Alfie Whittaker and Jacob Brooks-Scully easing Norton away. Prop James Robson ran in under the posts with the last play of the game to seal a comfortable but hard earned victory to progress into the next round.
Saturday 17th September 2016
Midsomer Norton RFC 19 – Oxford Harlequins RFC 36
Midsomer Norton RFC Under 16s welcomed touring team Oxford Harlequins to Norton Down on Saturday 17th September 2016. In what turned out to be an entertaining game for the spectators, Harlequins deservedly overcame a depleted Norton side to take the victory.
The game started in near perfect conditions and the opening exchanges were keenly contested although it was clear the visitors posed a threat out wide with strong and pacey runners in their back line. It was however Norton that opened the scoring with flanker Patrick Howell crossing the line, Jacob Brooks-Scully adding the extras. The lead was however, short lived and the Oxfordshire side hit straight back with a try of their own to tie the scoreboard. Norton eased back ahead when prop Josh Kelsey, in only his second club game, crossed for a try. Norton camped on the visitors try line for a spell and through some inaccurate play from the home side and some resolute defence from the tourists, they were unable to add to their score. Indeed, a breakaway try from Quins saw the visitors take the lead into half time.
With a bare 15 players, the hosts began to tire and with the tourists rotating their large squad, they eased ahead with three unanswered tries to make the game comfortable. Norton rallied well however and winger Alfie Whittaker was rewarded with a fine solo run from 30 metres out to score under the posts. Quins had the final say though with another try that left the final score at Midsomer Norton 19 – Oxford Harlequins 36.
This was a good exhibition of Under 16s rugby, with both sides giving their all in a match played in great spirit and enjoyed by all.
Sunday 11th September 2016
Midsomer Norton RFC 77 – Wells RFC 5
Midsomer Norton Under 16s opened their season, with a comfortable but hard fought match against local rivals Wells RFC. In near perfect early season conditions, the match kicked off with Wells enjoying the advantage of the very slight breeze. It was Norton however that started the quicker and opened the scoring when Jacob Brooks-Scully crossed the line. Further scores from Max Bartlett, Kieron Humphries and a charge down try from scrum half Gregor Morgan saw Norton ease further ahead with James Rawlings converting two of the tries.
Wells were certainly combative and forced Norton to work for their tries, but further scores from Josh Wilford and James Robson saw the hosts comfortably ahead at half time. Midsomer Norton 39 – Wells 0.
The second half saw Norton use the conditions well and with good handling and strong running the home side went further ahead with scores from James Rawlings, Wilford and Callum Cocks. Wells to their credit never stopped working in the game and were rewarded when their pack crossed the line to open their account.
Norton debutant Alfie Whittaker then crossed twice, interspersed by Wilford’s third to complete his hat trick and Kieron Humphries added the conversion to leave the final score at Midsomer Norton 77 – Wells 5. This was a hugely enjoyable match for the large crowd to watch, played in great spirit with plenty of commitment and skill on show from both sides. Wells showed great attitude and commitment throughout the match, never giving up and playing their part in full.
Missing man is costly for Midsomer Norton juniors against Melksham
September 28, 2014
Melksham U16 38 Mid Norton U16 14
A Midsomer Norton side featuring just 14 players came off second best in a hard-fought game at Melksham. Sam Gilling ran in Norton’s first try in his new role of stand-in full-back and played exceedingly well to adapt to new pressures. Ben Hobbs had a superb game at stand-off and kicked well from hand in the early stages, allowing Hugh Kendall to follow up the chases in the ensuing chaos.
Hobbs bagged the second try of the half, blasting though the opposition back-line to crash under the posts, with the two conversions putting Norton level at 14-14 at half-time. The pack worked well as a unit, with notable performances from Joe Enos, Isaac Gregory and stand-in captain Luke McDonald.
Melksham exploited the overlap in the second half and continued to spin the ball wide to secure a number of tries. Norton displayed a dogged determination and carried on until the end in high spirits and the score did not reflect their effort and understanding of the game.
Midsomer Norton juniors run riot against Walcot
September 21, 2014
Walcot U16 0 Midsomer Norton U16 46
Midsomer Norton returned to winning ways with a spectacular team performance in a ruthless victory on the road at Walcot. The Norton pack worked extremely hard from the off, dominating both scrums and lineouts. In the loose the pack set up some penetrating runs, causing Walcot to struggle in midfield.
The backs produced good flowing rugby and Isaac G dashed over for the first try. Ben H steadied the back-line and set the tone needed for the reformed centres of Brodie and Sam, with further tries from Walt, Ben H and Scott A putting the visitors 22-0 up at the break.
Norton changed their team for the second half but all of the new players acquitted themselves well, with notable performances from George W and Josh C. Ben H ran in the try of the game and George H put in a captain’s performance to score two tries in quick succession. Jerrel also touched down and a good haul of points from Walt saw Norton claim a richly deserved success.