De­pleted Avon are beaten on the road

Bath Chronicle - - SPORT -

Avon trav­elled to Mine­head with a much-changed side due to in­jury and un­avail­abil­ity, and could not do enough to bring back the points de­spite a cred­itable per­for­mance in a 27-12 de­feat. Well-drilled Mine­head were two tries up af­ter seven mins and looked like they would run up a cricket score early on. Avon slowly re­grouped and, for the ma­jor­ity of the re­main­der of the first pe­riod, had the up­per hand as Ian Bur­nell and Josh Hard­ing­wy­att started to make in­roads into the de­fence. Mean­while, the vis­i­tors also had the edge at scrum time against a large Mine­head pack and, fol­low­ing a series of scrums on the line, Avon were even­tu­ally awarded a penalty try. They looked like they would be go­ing in at half-time 10-7 down with the wind on their backs to fol­low in the se­cond half. How­ever, Mine­head worked them­selves up­field and ex­tended their lead with a well-worked con­verted try. Mine­head then added an early se­cond half penalty to stretch the lead. Avon Skip­per Scott Book was ex­tend­ing the mean­ing of util­ity player as the reg­u­lar back-row for­ward played in the un­fa­mil­iar role of fly-half, while also hav­ing a spell at scrum-half and pop­ping up in the li­ne­out. De­spite the makeshift na­ture of their side, the vis­i­tors were still caus­ing Mine­head prob­lems and picked up a se­cond try when se­cond row Ben Hurd crashed over in the cor­ner to re­duce the deficit to 20-12. Avon gave a de­but to im­pres­sive winger William Monochino-ayres, who made his first start along­side his fa­ther and club chair­man Ian, who per­formed ad­mirably in the se­cond row. Mine­head de­served their win and picked up their bonus-point try with 15 min­utes left but could not crack a de­ter­mined Avon de­fence again. Coach Kai Har­wood, who was at his in­ven­tive best when it came to the game­plan and re­source man­age­ment, was dis­ap­pointed with the re­sult but proud of the ef­forts of his makeshift team. This Satur­day, Avon put their un­beaten home record on the line against un­beaten league lead­ers Wivelis­combe, hop­ing for the re­turn of a num­ber of key play­ers.

PIC­TURES: Paul Gillis

Old Su­lians and Bath Old Ed­war­dians rise for a li­ne­out dur­ing their week­end face-off, which ended in a 22-17 away win for Su­lians

Ed­war­dians get a tackle in against Old Su­lians

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