Avonmouth demolished by the Seasiders

Weston ran in seven tries in a 50-11 win at Avonmouth.


WESTON 50 pts

WESTON started the second half of their season in fine style with this seven-try demolition at Avonmouth.

They found themselves behind twice during the first half-hour, but by the break they were gradually pulling away.

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The hosts opened their account in the sixth minute with Joe Wearne’s penalty. The full-back nailed his second goal in the 33rd, but in between, Weston scored the first of their tries.

Matthew Watkins’ run down the left flank was halted on the line, but quick recycling and slick passing saw Ross Bennett enter the line at pace to touch down.

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However, after that, the Seasiders spent the next 17 minutes defending stoutly before Avonmouth were rewarded with Wearnes’ second penalty.

But Weston had weathered the storm and in the 37th minute, a clever run by scrum-half Dan Waldon delivered a try by George Sparks.

James Mackay had failed to convert either of Weston’s scores, but as the interval approached, the fly-half kicked a brace of penalties to take the score to 6-16.

Now playing down the slope, the Seasiders went straight on to the attack and after only 90 seconds it was Ashley Russell who dived over.

Mackay converted and he was soon adding the extras to a try by Sylvan Edwards, who had been unlucky to have his score disallowed in the 13th minute.

The visitors were now 30-6 ahead but as fighting broke out near the home line, skipper David Burge and his opposite number were both yellow carded, but from the next scrum, Sparks scored his second try from the pushover.

The hosts then reduced the arrears with an unconverted try by replacement Chris Hamilton, but when Weston resumed their attack, Mackay kicked his third penalty before converting a try by James Arnold who had replaced Watkins.

And it was Mackay’s long break which presented Edwards with his second try to reach the team’s half-century.

Weston: R Bennett, M Oupoh, S Smee, S Edwards, M Watkins, J Mackay, D Waldon, D Swann, D Burge (c), P Hobbs, H Somers, A Russell, S Eaton, P Morrissey, G Sparks. Reps: J Arnold, S Donegan, A Glen.

This was an excellent performance by Weston, whose opposition played much better than the scoreline suggests.

Avonmouth, although suffering at the set pieces, won plenty of possession from other sources and the Seasiders’ defending was tested fully during certain phases of the match.

But defend they did all across the team with their back row of Sparks, Shaun Eaton and the excellent Paul Morrissey leading the way. In addition, there was no way through the midfield of Mackay, Edwards and Sam Smee.

Weston remain in third place in National 3 South West and on Saturday, they host Malvern who were defeated 37-10 back in September. The kick-off at the Recreation Ground will be at 2.30pm.

WESTON skipper Gavin Simpson has undergone surgery on a knee, but hopes to be able to resume in four weeks.

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