Comfortable derby win for Weston
Weston Under-12s travelled to Clevedon and came away with a comfortable 40-7 victory.
WESTON Under-12s travelled the short distance to Coleridge Vale to take on rivals Clevedon and came away with a 40-7 victory.
Weston came up against a much larger Clevedon, but attacked the Clevedon line from the first minute with some dynamic rucking and some straight running from the Weston backs.
After going close a few times, Weston scored their opening try through Jack Howard, soon followed with a try from Archie Tilsley. With Weston in control in the scrums, they added try number three from Eddie Davies for a half-time score of 19-0.
The second half was a carbon copy of the first with some great ball carrying from George Bamsey and Josh Gardner running at the heart of the Clevedon defence, combined with some strong runs from Liam Neale.
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Weston added three second half tries from Howard, Davies and Tilsley, who also added five conversions on the day. Clevedon scored a deserved try for a final score of 40-7.
The Under-11s started well against Clevedon with good shape and aggressive play led by Reece Matthews, Josh Edwards and Will Durston solid in defence.
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A quick tap penalty saw Matthew Ogborne dart through the defence, but was prevented making the line. Ryan Donnegan, Ogborne, Edwards and Joe Harper combined well, but to no avail. Clevedon went over the line and scored twice just before the whistle putting Weston 14-0 behind.
The second half was dominated by Weston’s pack who fought well, with Max Seymour-Shove, James Feltwell, Lewis Hicks and Harrison Land to the fore.
The backs stepped up and Harper was soon over the line and back in the game. Weston continued the pressure and were held up on the line twice. Success came when Jack Bishop fed Harper, who sped over the line to level the game.
The Under-9s took 17 players to Clevedon and in their best all-round performance of the season, they were equal to Clevedon in all but one quarter of the two matches.
Weston dominated possession and territory in the first 10 minutes. Standing out were Lewis Hughes, Alfie Calcott and Tom Burge. The excellent half was capped with an Alfie Calcott try set up by Dylan Way’s run and pass.
Turning around, Weston could quite produce the same momentum, although George Charalambous with his tackling and Joel Briffitt with some good running, could not stop Clevedon running in four tries without reply.
The second match began and Weston again played well. Lottie Dadds, Tom Burge, Lewis Hughes and Alfie Calcott were all prominent.
A good run by Edward Land saw him make 20 yards through the middle. They were caught out just once when Weston players got in each others way and lost the ball. Clevedon picked it up and broke from halfway to score.
After the break, there was some great tackling from Joel Briffitt, George Charalambous and Page Nigh, playing her first game. Max Dunstone set up Charlie Harding to score.
Clevedon responded with a try, but the last word went to Nigh with a try in the left hand corner to level the scores.
The Under-8s travelled to Clevedon for their first away match of the New Year. The first game saw Weston win the game seven tries to four. Luke and Jayden made good runs through the Clevedon players to score the two tries of the first half. Good defending and tagging by Danny and Tom allowed Clevedon to score only one try.
Weston started the second half strongly, James passing to Luke who offloaded to Jayden to score the opening try of the second half. Jayden scored again after some good team play and passing from Ollie, Thomas, Sam and Huw. Great runs by Danny saw him score the final two tries.
The second game was on a larger pitch with nine-a-side and saw a lot more open running and a closer game with a final score of 9-7 to Clevedon.
The first half had some great runs down the wing to score by Jayden, Tom (2) and Danny. These players were supported by great passing by Ollie, Thomas, James and Sam. Huw worked well in defence tagging several times.
In the second half, Danny, Luke and Tom added another try each to the scoreline, again with great support play by the rest of the team.
HORNETS Under-13s welcomed Ivel Barbarians from Yeovil, and the visitors came with an unbeaten record.
The game played in fantastic conditions got off to a lively start. Hornets’ new front row of Dover, Cocking and Entwistle were dominant in the scrum and Parkman had a fantastic game, as did Mohide. Humphris and his backs - Blake Williams, Coe, Derham and Dolcezza, had plenty of ball to run with.
Against the run of play, Ivel scored the first try. Hornets launched an attack with Robinson and Higgins everywhere and good runs by Cocking and Solomon got Hornets to within five metres of Ivel’s line.
A penalty was awarded and Holyday bulldozed over for a fine try. Ivel hit back and scored a try from far out. Hornets hit back again with Francis making a break. A rolling maul got close when Solomon dived over for a superb team try.
The second half and new faces were introduced. Keane Williams, Caple and Turner came on and all played well, but against the run of play, Ivel broke from their own half to score.
A tap penalty taken quickly by Solomon saw the ball moved to the wing. Solid ruck ball got Hornets close and another fast recycle saw Blake Williams cross the line, making the final score 15-all.
The Under-16s swept aside Taunton at Hutton Moor, but were made to work hard in the first-half against a decent Taunton outfit.
Sam Balkham set the ball rolling to score Hornets first try that was converted by Adam Francis. Balkham soon scored his second and Francis was next to score a try he converted himself to make the half-time score 19-0.
The second half started brightly with Alex Colborne’s break leading to a try for Craig Nicholls, converted by Connor Davidson. Joe Smith then sent Conor Littlewood in for a try, which he converted himself.
Francis added his second score again converting himself to put the Hornets in control of the game. Now in full flow, Colborne crossed twice, one following up a fine chip through from prop Kieran Ward before Balkham completed his hat-trick.
Ben Resiegh scored a try after a number of skilful offloads and Sam Lewis scored Hornets’ final try, with Francis and Littlewood adding a conversion each for a final score of 69-0 to Hornets.
Hornets defence in this game was superb with Wheeler, Colborne and Reseigh leading the way while in attack some great tries were scored.
Curtis Hobbs and Ryan Massey had fine games in the Hornets pack as did Adam Thompson on his return from a long injury lay-off.
In the back division, Sam Lewis had a strong game and Craig Nicholls showed his class at 10 when he came off the bench, but three tries saw Sam Balkham make off with the Newport Caravans man of the match award.
The Under-7s travelled to Dursley and both teams were able to field two sides.
In the first match, Dursley were quick out of the blocks and opened with an early try. The half closed with Dursley 4-3 to the good.
The second half saw Hornets gel as a team, resulting in a stronger defence plus improved support play that led to tries. The half finished with Hornets winning a close and competitive game 9-8.
Try scorers: Dan, Max (2), Fin (2), Oliver (2) and Harvey (2).
The second game turned out to be close and hard fought with both teams tagging strongly with flashes of individual excellence enabling tries to be scored. The teams worked hard for the duration of the game, but with legs tiring Dursley scored in the last play of the game to edge a 3-2 win.
Hornets try scorers were Jacob and Adam.
Due to the great turnout of players, it was decided to have two games running at the same time.
Adam started to dominate the game, ably assisted by his team-mates, with some superb running and tagging to bag an amazing seven tries, followed by Willow (2) and Jacob as they won 10-8.
The final game saw Max, Oliver, Harvey and Finn score tries. Again great support and defensive play was displayed throughout as Hornets won 4-2. Harry the Hornet was awarded to Jacob.
Hornets team: Adam Collins, Billie Chenoweth, Hayden Greaves, Oliver Chilman, Harvey Grant, Jacob Davis, Max Hutchinson, Finley Clemence, Willow Hull, Cameron Snook, Mason Turner, Jenson Janes, Daniel Walcot, Lucas Whittle, Harry Jones.
The Under-10s travelled to Gloucestershire to play against Dursley. Hornets started well with Keelan being forced into touch just short of the try line.
The visitors opened the scoring from the resultant line-out when Reed went over. Hornets continued to put Dursley under pressure with excellent tackling from Keelan, Morris and Reeve.
Hornets extended their lead just before half-time when Hughes ran two thirds of the pitch to score in the corner.
In the second half, Hornets continued to pressure Dursley, with excellent driving by Lloyd, Reed and Reef. Having been tackled just short of the tryline, Morris won the ball back and went over to extend Hornets’ lead.
Reed scored his second try and Hornets had to settle for a 4-0 win when Morton was held up as he dived over the try line in the last move of the match.
In the next match, Hornets led 2-1 at half-time with tries from Reed and Keelan. The second half started badly with Dursley scoring two tries to take the lead, but Hornets fought back with good runs by McFarling and Leeks and good support play by Lynn and Bigsy.
With time running out, Hornets were rewarded for their efforts when Reed went over to level the match.
YATTON Under-8s hosted Dings to three sessions of fast and furious rugby.
In the first game, early scores were traded by each team but it was Dings who edged it at 5-4.
The second game saw Yatton spend some time remembering how to tag, which gave Dings time and space to run in a couple of great individual tries. Yatton came back towards the end, but the margin was too great and at the whistle Dings had won 7-3.
Yatton started and finished the final game with a flourish and sealed the game with their try of the season. A length of the pitch move saw interlinking passes on the run to a series of supporting players that was finished off with a great score. Final score was Yatton 6, Dings 4.
Yatton try scorers were: Caleb Clarke (3), Adam Foley (2), Callum Watts (2), Matthew Bailey, Cameron Bains, Ben Clarke, Cameron Fogg, Connor Kane, George Lusted.
WINSCOMBE Under-13s were match-rusty after a six week break from playing, due to the weather and Christmas holidays.
Midsomer Norton were quick to get into their stride and stunned Winscombe with a try in the first couple of minutes. Winscombe hit back and forced Norton to concede a penalty. Sam White received the ball and spun through the defence to equal the score. Will MacArthur converted.
Norton regained the upper hand which saw the home side score and regain the lead. Again, Winscombe responded well resulting in Connor Wall crossing the line, but he was held up.
From the scrum, flanker George Harrison powered through the defensive line, but he too was adjudged not able to ground the ball. Third time lucky, Wall crossed the try line under the posts making the conversion easier for MacArthur.
Joe Hartshorne took the ball well from the kick off and combined well with Sam White, who took the ball back to the home side’s 22 yard line. Combe recycled well and Tom White presented the ball to Adam Elkins who scored in the corner to make it 19-12 to Winscombe at the break.
Just after the start of the second half, Tom Amer had a great run down the wing, but Norton regained possession and and narrowed Combe’s lead with a try. From the kick-off, Winscombe’s pressure resulted in a penalty. Sam White took the ball deep into Norton’s half. The forwards secured quick ball and Gabe Bell was able to dive over the line to score.
Norton gave away a penalty and the Winscombe backs made them pay with some good running, resulting in Amer scoring, making the final score 29-22 to Winscombe.