Weakened Weston out of national cup

PUBLISHED: 19:02 15 December 2006 | UPDATED: 10:21 24 May 2010

WESTON'S lack of basic skills in dealing with balls in the air were heavily punished as they were bundled out of the Intermediate Cup at Chapel Gate

Bournemouth 33 pts Weston 27 ptsWESTON'S lack of basic skills in dealing with balls in the air were heavily punished as they were bundled out of the Intermediate Cup at Chapel Gate.This deficiency donated three first half tries to Bournemouth and the South West 2 club made it count to proceed into round 4 of the competition.Straight from the hosts' poor kick-off, the ball was allowed to bounce and they were on the scoreboard in the third minute with a try for Robert Bruce.In the 20th minute a high ball was misjudged and Tim Flower was the beneficiary and 10 minutes later, a weak Bournemouth clearance was again badly dealt with, resulting in Craig Barter scoring his team's third try, all of which were converted by Jon Sanchez.In between, the Seasiders scored three of their own to bring the interval score to a respectable 21-17.Roger Drabble grabbed the first from a quickly taken penalty. Good work by Sean Bennett and a swift release by James Reid paved the way for a corner try by Matthew Burns and Bennett scored himself just short of the break.Mark Armstrong converted and his penalty two minutes into the second half gave Weston some hope, and even after Bournemouth had stretched their advantage to six points with a try by James Flynn, the visitors took the lead themselves.Armstrong's punt down the line provided a line-out drive from which the fly half's deft chip over the defence saw Matthew McQuaid dive over at the posts.Armstrong converted, and with 20 minutes remaining the match was in the melting pot.Armstrong missed a penalty and Bournemouth's Sanchez and his replacement Johan Dannhauser also failed as the Seasiders came under pressure, but the hosts were not to be denied.Armstrong's deep 22 drop out was fine, but as the ball was run back some dreadful initial defending permitted Bournemouth to make 70 metres to near the Weston line.At this point McQuaid was dismissed for a second yellow card offence, and as the visitors' scrum collapsed, referee Mr Neagle awarded the Dorset team a penalty try which Dannhauser converted.With three minutes remaining, Weston almost snatched victory when Bennett got close to another Armstrong chip but it was not to be.Although they were decimated by injuries to eight first choice players, this was a match that Weston could, and should have won and they will need to cut out those simple and costly errors if they are to beat Oxford Harlequins, tomorrow's (Sat) visitors to the Recreation Ground.Weston: M Burns, A Hughes, S Bennett, J Reid, M McQuaid, M Armstrong, R Drabble, D Milenkovic, D Burge (J Gallagher h/t), C Derrick (S Donegan 76 mins), A Richards, A Russell, D Cook, P Morrissey (S Hudson 74 mins), B Noble.Yellow cards: M McQuaid (2).Red card: M McQuaid.* Tomorrow (Sat), Weston's Past Players Association are holding their usual "mulled wine and mince pies" event at 1pm prior to the South West 1 match against Oxford Harlequins (kick-off 2.30pm).

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