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Norton maul Spartans

By Tim Lethaby

29th Oct 2019 | Local Sport

Gloucester Spartans 0 v Midsomer Norton 22.

Norton headed up the M5 once again on a wet miserable day to play against Spartans RFC. The most difficult part of the day was the travelling, getting changed in a confined space, and then walking for half a mile to get to the pitch. The game itself was, in all fairness, pretty easy. Great discipline was shown by the Mendip men, who were in Green for the day, as they managed to keep a cool head and didn't react to the attempts to turn the game into a scrap by Spartans. Late hits and weak attempts at intimidation were laughed off as Norton scored early on through Mitchard who raced through under the posts after a break from the impressive Sam Church. Taylor converted and Norton looked to capitalise on a good start.

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What a difference a week makes. An unprecedented amount of unavailability meant that both the Midsomer Norton RFC thirds and seconds had to be cancelled due to lack of players.

The first team was still strong and there are no excuses regarding the personnel. In winning 50-7, Matson RFC raised their game as they often seem to do against Norton and were excellent from the outset, playing a similar style to what has worked so well for the Mendip men in the early season games.

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The Indian summer continued as Midsomer Norton RFC followed the road much travelled to Gloucester for the third league match of the season, playing Coney Hill.

The first half was comfortable but frustrating as some inaccuracies meant that the score was only 5 v 10 at half time, James Abbott scoring under the posts after an offload from Tom Clark and Taylor kicking the conversion and a penalty.

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Following successful sold out events with Jan Molby, Lee Sharpe and Ray Parlour, Welton Rovers Supporters' Club are proud to welcome Chris Sutton to Midsomer Norton for their 2019 Sportsperson's dinner - and tickets are selling fast.

Chris Sutton enjoyed a fantastic career as a professional footballer in England and Scotland, winning the Premier Division title in 1995, and four Scottish League titles with Celtic, as well as individual glory, winning the Premier Division Golden Boot in 1998. Since retiring he's gone on to become one of the nation's most recognisable sports pundits on BT Sport and BBC Radio 5 Live.

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