Lack of concentration proves costly for Avon in heavy loss at Matson
Two ten-minute spells at the end of each half proved decisive as Avon’s recent resurgence came to a halt with a 45-11 defeat at Matson.
Despite the lopsided scoreline, much of the game was evenly contested. However, a lack of concentration and some lacklustre tackling cost Avon six tries and they succumbed to a heavy defeat to remain just above the Western Counties North danger zone in tenth place.
Both teams attacked well with the ball in hand but after there was only a solitary penalty on the scoreboard after half-an-hour, with Avon holding a narrow lead thanks to the accurate boot of Rob Fitch.
Matson suddenly increased their intensity in the next ten minutes and worked the ball downfield from a quickly-taken drop out to score a simple try with a dummy under the posts.
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They followed this with a second from a lineout catch and drive and then added a third from the restart after missed tackles opened a gap through the defence.
Although Fitch added another penalty with the last play of the half, Avon found themselves 19-6 adrift at the interval.
They enjoyed a good spell after the break, with Kai Harwood driving his pack forward to gain an edge in the set-pieces and threatening runs from Stuart Dilloway, Dexter Robinson and Zak Harwood testing the home defence.
Then, with Avon expecting Matson to take a shot at the posts from a penalty award, a quickly taken tap and go paid dividends with a bonus-point try in the corner.
Avon then enjoyed their best spell as they started to introduce more fluency in their attacks and a powerful run from Jake Dixon popped the ball up for fellow lock forward Ben Dilloway to touch down.
Facing a 13-point deficit, Avon sought a way back but were undone by the pace of the Matson wingers, who exposed some more woeful tackling to add another two converted tries.
To add insult to injury time, Matson were awarded a debateable penalty try from the last move of the match.
Fourth-placed North Bristol are the visitors to Hicks Field on Saturday.