Ashley’s try proves decisive

Ashley Russell. Photo by Andrew Collins.

Ashley Russell. Photo by Andrew Collins. - Credit: Archant

After a poor first-half, Weston pulled themselves together in the second period to register their 16th victory of the season.

BRIXHAM 19 pts

WESTON 37 pts

AFTER a torrid and error-strewn first-half, at the end of which they were 10 points adrift, Weston pulled themselves together in the second period to run out winners at Astley Park.

But the decisive score did not arrive until the 68th minute, and it came with a superb run by wing Harry Jones who beat several defenders before skilfully off-loading out of the tackle to give the supporting Ashley Russell the try.

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James Mackay converted for 19-27 and the Seasiders were, at last, on their way to their 16th league victory of the season.

But that first-half will be one which they will want to forget. Missed tackles were plentiful and wrong options came a close second.

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The scores were level after 10 minutes, Mackay and Ben Lovell having exchanged penalties, but Brixham were ahead seven minutes later when Lovell converted a try by wing Harry Davis.

By this time Weston had failed to convert three clear-cut try-scoring opportunities and Lovell was able to take the score to 13-3 with his second attempt.

Mackay replied in kind following Sylvan Edwards’ break, but when replacement Steve Donegan was yellow carded, Lovell stepped up again with a penalty for an interval score of 16-6.

But the Seasiders emerged for the second half looking like a different team. Early pressure on the home line delivered a driven try by hooker David Burge.

Mackay converted from the touchline and 10 minutes later, piercing runs by Jones and Edwards produced a try for Sam Smee. Mackay’s conversion took the score to 16-20, but Lovell kicked his fourth penalty as Paul Morrissey was sent to the bin.

Then came Russell’s decisive try and Jones was again involved with centre Smee’s second touchdown in the 71st minute.

The score was now 19-32 and the points were in the bag and as Brixham went for one final foray, full-back Ross Bennett intercepted to run 70 metres to the right corner.

Weston: R Bennett, H Jones, S Smee, S Edwards, M Watkins (L Blizzard 25) (M Watkins 75), J Mackay, D Waldon, D Swann, D Burge (c), P Hobbs (S Donegan 23), H Somers (A Glen 54), A Russell, S Eaton (P Hobbs 40), P Morrissey, G Sparks.

On Saturday, Weston entertain Old Patesians in National 3 South West. The kick-off is at 2.30pm.

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