Ben shows promise on his debut

PUBLISHED: 11:16 08 May 2006 | UPDATED: 09:14 24 May 2010

WESTON clawed their way back from a perilous 17 points deficit as they completed their season with a fine victory in this friendly at Torquay. Home centre Matt Jackson scored an early try which he converted himself. Jackson t

Torquay 24 pts Weston 34 ptsWESTON clawed their way back from a perilous 17 points deficit as they completed their season with a fine victory in this friendly at Torquay.Home centre Matt Jackson scored an early try which he converted himself. Jackson then kicked a penalty and he was soon adding the points to a try by Edward Cribb.But before the interval, Weston were back in the match. Chris Rowland powered his way through the Torquay defence for the first of his tries, his second arriving following good work by Paul Morrissey and Kevin Hobbs. Ben Main converted, having kicked an earlier penalty.Weston took the lead for the first time in the 48th minute when Hobbs sprinted down the right touch line from halfway and with the visitors now beginning to show their superiority there was more to come.David Burge, Ashley Russell and Hobbs were well involved in Paul Sprague's 53rd minute try, and 12 minutes later Tim Mathias and the outstanding Hobbs provided Sprague with his second, Main converting both.Torquay had the final word with Jackson's conversion of Matt Allenson's try but Weston's success was well deserved.For this match, the Seasiders gave debuts to three of their Colts XV. Full-back Jed Gibson, wing Chris Young and fly-half Ben Main all showed considerable promise, especially Main whose four goals from five attempts were important factors.Weston: J Gibson (R Burns 47), P Sprague, C Rowland (C Darlaston 66), C Young, B Main, L Hember, T Mathias, D Burge, N Lavender, C Chase, A Russell, D Cook (S Board 80), P Morrissey, G Simpson.WESTON lock Ashley Russell made his 100th first team appearance in the match at Torquay last Saturday.Bristol-born Russell (23) was educated locally at Priory and Churchill schools from where he represented Somerset at 16 group level.He started his club career in Weston's Under-9 mini squad and proceeded through the age groups to skipper the colts. He played for the County Under-20s before making his senior debut at home to Redruth in 2002/3.

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