George’s late try earns a draw

WESTON Under-7s welcomed Chew Valley to the Recreation Ground and made a slow start.

WESTON Under-7s welcomed Chew Valley to the Recreation Ground and made a slow start.

The first half was dominated by a tidy Chew Valley side. They had pace and Weston found it difficult to keep up with them on the break. Chew ran in four quick tries in the first half and Weston replied in the last few seconds with a score from George Nuttycombe.

In the second half, they had much better shape and there was some excellent tagging from William Flavin and a great run from Nuttycombe resulted in a score and another well worked try with Hugh Matthews going over.

With the score at 3-2, Weston took with lead with tries from Luke Edwards and Tom Blythe. Weston kept going with some fabulous tagging by Jacob Simpson and Blythe, but Chew scored twice again.

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With a few seconds to go, Weston scored through Nuttycombe to level the match at 6-6.

The Under-11s entertained a Chew Valley side that fielded a bigger and heavier pack. As the first half began, the Weston pack dominated the forward exchanges and their backs created some fine open attacking rugby and they soon turned their possession into points.

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First to score with a driving run was Weston prop Jack Howard. His score was quickly added to by lock Josh Gardner and prop George Bamsey added Weston’s third try.

Not to be outdone by their forward team-mates, a great solo run from wing Brandon Charlton and an excellent effort from fly-half Archie Tilsley saw the backs add Weston’s fourth and fifth tries.

With half time approaching, another fine driving effort from Howard saw Weston add their sixth score of the half. All the tries were converted by Tilsley and the half-time score was 42-0.

It is with great credit that Chew Valley did not let the one-sided first half cause their heads to drop. As a result, Weston only added two further converted tries by Howard and scrum-half Jamie Wheeler, while Chew Valley were rewarded for their efforts with a well-earned converted try. The match ended with a Weston victory 56-7.

The Under-8s played host to a Chew Valley side who proved too quick and strong for the home team in both of the games they played.

In the first match, Weston started brightly with early tries from Bradley Robinson and Lottie Dadds. Good running from Oscar Tarry and Matthew Shaw helped Alfie Calcott to a score and at 4-4 just before half-time, the game was evenly balanced.

However, in the second half, despite good work from Edward Land and Jackson Webb, the visiting side stretched away to finally win 9-4.

In the second match, Weston saw the debut of three new players and each made good contributions to the side. Ellie Redman ran well with ball in hand and supported strongly, whilst Louis Hughes showed the more experienced players how to tag.

Bradley Robinson scored a total of four tries and Ciaran Kelman scored two.

Louis Satherely competed well throughout, but the final word came from Weston’s third debutant, Dillon Way, who scored following a jinking run to make the score 13-7 to the visitors.

NOT for the first time this season, the referee blew time early as Hornets Under-15s proved too strong for a plucky Frampton Cotterell.

In the first half, the Hornets pack were lazy at the breakdown which resulted in numerous turnovers and slow ball ruining many promising attacks. Despite their failings, Hornets were first on the scoreboard when Francis skipped through the defence to score at the posts.

Littlewood then found some space out wide to embark on a long run to the line. Francis converted both tries before Frampton scored a try to make the half-time score 12-5.

After the break, some good build-up play saw McLaughlin cut a fine line to score. A well-worked training ground move put Smith through a hole to score Hornets’ next try. Replacement Xanh then showed great pace to score down the left wing before Lowrie did the same just after.

Francis grabbed his second after some quality support work from the centre. The next try came when the Hornets back line produced a precise passing move to put Xanh away for his second try.

Smith was soon powering over for his second after an initial break from Massey. Francis managed another two conversions before the referee decided enough was enough and brought the game to an end at 53-5.

There were notable performances from McLaughlin and Thompson, but it was Littlewood who was named Newport Caravans man of the match by head coach Francis Snr.

YATTON and Cheddar Under-14s were unlucky not to equalise in the dying moments of an exciting match at Chew Valley.

After a great start for the whole team, No 8 James Edwards scored a convincing try, crashing over the line. Chew came back strongly and their strong runners found the try line twice.

The game was dominated by an awesome performance from Yatton and Cheddar forwards, who won all their scrums and robbed Chew of most of theirs. Jack Master and Jamie Walker proved rock-solid in defence.

It was good to see the Yatton and Cheddar backs moving the ball around well, with Kody Mortimer’s mazy runs making good ground for the team.

WINSCOMBE Under-14s put in a solid performance to secure a win against Taunton, whose robust pack made it hard work in the second half.

Josh Daly was quickly on the score sheet, before a magnificent run from Kieron Westcott also brought him a try. The Taunton defence was struggling to contain the Winscombe back line, and despite being caught on another run, Daly was able to release Toby Sims for another try.

Sam Rees, playing out of position at fly-half, kept the visitors firmly in their own half with some deep kicks for the threequarters and from one of these, Daly secured the turnover and scored again, before quickly adding another to leave Taunton 27-0 down.

Winscombe removed Daly and a few others from the field, which allowed the spirited Taunton side to return to contention. Their 15 players had been reduced to 14 early on, and Winscombe’s David White (and later Sam Chedzoy) both sportingly played for the opposition.

At the start of the second half, the well-drilled Taunton pack started to co-ordinate well, repeatedly driving Winscombe off the ball which ultimately led to a try.

With White back in the home jersey just being denied and Charlie Beake grounding the ball after Rees’ run had been declared in touch, the final word went to Daly, who scored with a blistering run down the left.

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