Slow start proves costly for Midsomer Norton 2nd XV
North Petherton RFC 2nd XV 48
Midsomer Norton RFC 2nd XV 26
Midsomer Norton 2nds paid the price for being too slow to get up to speed after the summer break as they were beaten by North Petherton in Somerset 1.
They conceded three tries in the opening 30 minutes but Norton slowly clawed their way back into contention and showed what a good side they can be in the remainder of the game.
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The front row of Adam Wilkinson, Tim Sheppard and Darren Barnes were powerful all afternoon, repeatedly driving bigger opposition backwards, which allowed scrum-half to score their first points from a five-metre scrum.
Fly-half Steve Penny added the conversion and was only narrowly off target with a penalty which came back off the post, while debutant winger Dan Teare was equally unlucky not to score a try after rounding his man but just stepping into touch.
The second half saw Julian Hawkins go over for Norton after a fine run by fellow flanker Tyrone Moss.
A delicate chip in behind from captain Ian Tiley then forced Petherton to concede a five-metre lineout. From this, the pack did the work as they drove number eight Jamie Rose over another try.
But as in the opening stages, Norton were guilty of losing concentration at key moments and this allowed their hosts to gain two quick tries to ensure they were out of reach.
The visitors responded with a bonus-point try, though, as the Norton lineout again worked to perfection to drive hooker Sheppard over for a well-deserved try on his return to action after a long lay-off.
Penny again converted but Petherton had the final say when their centre, from a suspiciously offside position, gained an interception and raced the length of the field to touch down.
Norton entertain Wells 2nds on Saturday.