Gordano hold out for victory
Weston United 19 pts Gordano Sharks 25 pts - GORDANO soon discovered the strength of the wind behind them, when the kick off sailed over the touchline, earning the home side a scrum.
Weston United 19 pts
Gordano Sharks 25 pts
GORDANO soon discovered the strength of the wind behind them, when the kick off sailed over the touchline, earning the home side a scrum.
The Sharks pack powered the United eight backwards, allowing scrum-half Gavlar Yandell to kick deep into Weston's 22. Confusion in defence allowed fly-half Ed Whittaker to gather the loose ball for the first try.
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Gordano kept up the pressure, and Matt Poulson extended the lead with a well struck penalty. The big centre partnership of Dean Ashfield and Joe Harris punched holes through the Weston defensive line throughout the first half. Flying wing Jack Thomas then crossed the whitewash in the corner, with Poulson successful with the touchline conversion.
Weston hit back with a converted try, but Gordano replied with tries by
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Ashfield and Harris for a 25-7 half time lead.
With the wind now in their favour, Weston used the line-out and driving maul to good effect, scoring a converted try within minutes of the re-start.
The visitors were finding it hard to gain territory, and a fumbled ball just outside the 22, let Weston in for a try that brought them to within a converted try of the league leaders.
The last quarter was a bad tempered affair, with numerous fights off the ball. The referee sent three United players and one Shark to the sin-bin, before bringing the game to an end.
Prop Neil Steer picked up the Black Horse Inn man of the match award for his all-round work rate and tackle count.