After the Christmas and New Year break, Nailsea welcomed Hornets II's to the West End eager to rid themselves of any rustiness that may have accumulated with the Christmas pudding!
After only 8 minutes Nailsea found themselves on the attack in the Hornets 22. The ball was recycled the requisite number of times then moved wide for Winger Ben Perfect to cut a superb line to the posts. The try was duely converted by Jamie Elswood.
It then seemed that Nailsea were struggling to get their second wind having to wait until near half time to score again. The rustiness showed with balls being dropped and poor decision making costing them dearly. During this period Hornets went over to level the scores. Then in the 39th minute, Nailsea Number 8, Luke Caswell, powered over after a series of pick and goes. Elswood converted again to make the half time score 14 -7.
The coaches half time chat about the rights and wrongs seemed to make a difference as early in the second half from around half way, Man of the Match, Ben Perfect, broke the defence and evaded would be tacklers to score under the posts. Rob Baker this time adding the extras, 21-7.
This was quickly followed by another try by Nailsea when a penalty was kicked to touch. From the resulting lineout drive Luke Caswell crashed over for the bonus point try.
Nailsea were now showing almost total dominance in the scrum, this winning them a penalty try from a scrum 5.
Caswell then took his hat trick off the back of a further scrum 5 on the Hornets line to make the scoreline 40-7.
It wasn’t all down to the forwards though. Full back Joe Reed showed great evasive running from 40 yards out to go over for a try, converted by himself. This was quickly followed by a powerful run by Winger Harrison Gould to bring up the fifty points.
Gould was also the final scorer, when after another powerful run down the wing, he was taken high. The resultant penalty was quickly taken by Gould who drove over, Reed converting to make the final score 59-7 and move the Ravens clear into second place in the league table.
Next week, Nailsea are away to fourth place Oldfield Old Boys with Kick-Off at 14.30hrs.