Weston continue recent run of success with victory at Ivybridge

PUBLISHED: 15:31 29 November 2017 | UPDATED: 15:31 29 November 2017

Jack Conway.

Jack Conway.

Copyright Andrew Collins 2016. All rights reserved

Weston continued their good run of form in the league, with victory at Ivybridge.

Ivybridge 22 pts

Weston 32 pts

This away fixture for Weston was the first meeting between the two clubs at first team level and Weston were hoping to build on their recent run of South West Premier League form.

The opening exchanges were even, and there were no early scores. It was the home side, on 17 minutes, who broke free and following good work from their back row recycled the ball, moved it wide and Damon Ackerman was awarded a try in the corner. The conversion attempt by Mitch Pinkus hit the upright and bounced away.

Ivybridge held the lead for just six minutes as Weston built some momentum. Weston were awarded a penalty which Dickson kicked to touch. From the line-out, Weston set up a driving maul and it was hooker Mike Hocking who touched down and Dickson’s conversion allowed Weston to take the lead.

Weston had a number of forward carries which took them close to the Ivybridge line and in particular Ollie Streeter was rampaging through the defence, but Weston were not able to complete any scores until a great backs move saw wing Robbie Mackay break clear.

A neat scissors move put scrum-half Jack Conway away to sprint in from 20 metres to pick up Weston’s second try. Dickson made the conversion and Weston were then forced to defend as Ivybridge attacked with great energy.

They were held up over Weston’s line twice in quick succession and Weston were somewhat relieved when the referee blew for half time with the visitors holding a 5-12 lead.

After the break, Dickson kicked a penalty to open a 10-point lead. Ivybridge were not done though and they worked hard to get well into the Weston half. A neat kick from Mitch Pinkus was fielded by wing Billy Pinkus and he scored a well taken try, converted by Mitch Pinkus.

Weston were taking control as the game moved into the last 25 minutes and they were awarded a penalty which was kicked to the corner. Weston lost control and knocked on, but at the scrum they drove the Ivybridge pack off their own ball and drove for the line. Conway dotted down for his second and Dickson’s conversion restored the 10-point lead.

On their next visit to the Weston half, Ivybridge were awarded a penalty and Mitch Pinkus hit the target from 35 metres to bring the home side with a single score of Weston.

Almost from the restart, Weston pressure resulted in a penalty and Dickson made no mistake slotting the 40-metre shot.

As the clock ticked down, Weston attacked again they stretched the Ivybridge defence out wide and full-back Harry Jones came into the line and glided through a narrow gap to score Weston’s fourth, a bonus point try. Dickson made the conversion.

Showing great spirit and determination, Ivybridge attacked in time added on and forced their way over in the corner, the try scored by Lewis Paterson. Mitch Pinkus got the conversion but the game was done and the ref blew for full time.

Weston picked up a bonus point win but the home fans will be wondering why their side are in such a lowly position in the league given their good attacking play and robust defence.

Weston deserved their win and were the better side. They will want to work on playing at their best for the full 80 minutes and ensuring that they convert all of the chances when the face old rivals Hornets on Saturday at the Rec.

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