South West 1 (W)

Bridgwater & Albion 37, Cleve 3

BRIDGWATER & Albion dominated this game from the start and ran out the deserved winners after scoring four converted tries, writes Richard Walsh.

The hosts took the lead after four minutes when Wayne Sprangle made a forceful break on the right before passing to Sam Adcock, who went over for a try which Stuart Heal converted.

Cleve came back strongly and got themselves off the mark when Graham Welling kicked a penalty that was awarded for offside.

However, on 10 minutes Bridgwater extended their lead when Heal slotted home a penalty.

On 25 minutes, Sprangle made another strong run before passing to fleet-footed winger Will Monro.

Monro made the final pass to Tom Fournier, who went over for a try that Heal converted.

Five minutes later, Heal kicked another penalty to make the score 20-3 to the home side.

Cleve were then reduced to 14 men when they had a player yellow carded after which there was no further score before the break.

Cleve started off the second half strongly but it was the home team who scored the first points when Heal kicked a penalty after the visitors had a player sent to the sin bin for a high tackle.

After an evenly contested spell, the lively Monro made a break before chipping the ball to the left corner where Oskar White was on hand to collect and score the try which Heal converted.

Bridgwater weren’t quite done yet and, in the final throes of the game, Monro produced the pass that resulted in Simon Honey scoring a try which Heal converted to make it 37-3 at the whistle.

Bridgwater and Albion: Matt Ranson, Gavin Knight, Sam Adcock, Ethan Trebble-Westlake, Dan Kemmish, Eoghan Westhoff, George Sluman, Wayne Sprangle, Tom Fournier D’Albe, Stuart Heal (capt), Roger Drabble, Jay Owens, Ryan Barnett, Will Monro and Oskar White; Replacements (all used): Lewis Phillips, Tom Hopkins and Simon Honey.

South West 1 (W)

North Petherton 31, Hornets 17

JAMES Taylor scored a superb hat-trick as North Petherton kicked off the new year with victory over promotion-chasing Weston Hornets at Beggars Brook.

Taylor's haul was added to by tries from Sam Williams and Michael Stevens, while points from the boot of Harry Auton sealed the win.

Hornets' points came through tires from Ozzy James and Matt Parker, with Jack Martin converting both and adding a penalty.

Pethy, up to eighth with this win, travel to Keynsham next weekend.