Avon handed biggest defeat in four years by Chosen Hill
AVON Lacking key players in vital positions, Avon succumbed to their heaviest defeat in four years as they went down 40-7 away to a revitalised Chosen Hill side.
The visitors were left reeling from the outset as disorganised defence allowed Chosen Hill to take the lead with an unconverted try in the first two minutes. They conceded again when the home number eight ran in unopposed from a scrum on halfway for a converted try under the posts.
Avon responded strongly playing up the slope and, for the remainder of the half, competed well by taking the game to their opponents through their close forward offloading game. But they could not break down a stubborn defence in a series of fast and furious exchanges and, with half-time approaching, again relaxed in defence and allowed Chosen Hill to run in another converted try.
After playing the smarter rugby for the first ten minutes of the second half, Avon were boosted when Kai Harwood barged across the line for a try that was converted by younger brother Zak.
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Rather than using this as a platform to build upon, Avon's usually well-organised defence again let them down as missed tackles saw them ship a further three converted tries.
Avon 2nds provided some cheer for the club with a creditable 29-13 victory over their Chew Valley counterparts in Somerset 2 North.
Despite their recent slide down the Western Counties North table, Saturday's home fixture with Berry Hill is the last of a wonderful 2012 for Somerset Premier title-winners and Bath Combination Vase holders Avon 1sts.
Their achievements earned them the Senior Club of the Year accolade at the recent Bath Chronicle Sports Awards ceremony, with head coach Clive Book shortlisted for the Coach of the Year prize.
Skipper Kai Harwood congratulated runners-up Camerton & Peasedown Croquet Club and Bear Flat Cricket Club and added: "I would like to thank all the sponsors but mostly the Bath Chronicle. It's easy to find out the sports results and scorers in this day and age with the internet at our disposal, but there is still something special about picking up the Chronicle on a Thursday and seeing either your own name in print or your club's name in some form of witty pun for a headline or, in my case, your ugly mug gurning as you throw a wild pass.
"To be named the first-ever team of the year is a great honour for us and rounds off what was a sensational year.
"This only leaves me to thank our great family and friends at Avon, the players who made it possible and Clive Book, our coach, who guided us to this historic achievement in our club's history."