Hornets gain first-ever victory over Yeovil

Hornets Under-16s.

Hornets Under-16s. - Credit: Archant

Hornets Under-16s gained their first-ever victory against Yeovil in a fine performance.

HORNETS Under-16s welcomed Yeovil to the Nest in brilliant sunshine and perfect conditions underfoot and beat their opponents for the first time.

Surging runs by the forwards got Hornets deep into foreign territory and a clearance kick by Yeovil was mopped up by Turner, set up a ruck and the back row of Richardson, Bate and Francis set up Blake Williams and Solomon to set up Keano to touch down.

From the restart, there was no let up. Dover, Eades, Constable and Holyday linked up to give Wall his first of the day, converted by Keano. Soon after, a tap penalty by Blake to Richardson set Wall free to score again, converted by Keano.

Turner was on hand to receive an intercept and he scorched over to finish an outstanding half of rugby.

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The second half and no let up by the Hornets. Holyday was able to go on one of his trademark runs to score the next, converted by Keano. Yeovil pressed and pressed and eventually got a consolation try.

A scrum just inside Yeovil’s half and No 8 Bate picked and up drove over with several would-be tacklers on his back, converted by Cocking to make the final score 38-5.

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The day was marred by the injury to Keano, who left the field with a broken collar bone. Hornets wish him a speedy recovery.

Pictured with Jamie Biddle is Jack Richardson and his Hornets Under-16s team, who would like to thank Weston College for their continued support with kit and training.

The Under-13s travelled to Bath and played the first-half with the wind behind them, but did not take full advantage of this.

Throughout the game Hornets played well in patches, but also played poorly for some of the time. Bath scored first, but from the resulting Hornets kick-off, a Bath player knocked-on for a Hornets put-in just five yards from the Bath tryline.

Lewis picked the ball up and bashed through three players to score in the corner and then converted for a 7-5 lead.

A poor passage of Hornets play let Bath score three tries, but a Bath error led to an excellent piece of individual skill from Jonas, culminating in a try under the posts for his first Hornets try, converted by Sol.

Hornets continued to play well in parts during the second half, but further missed tackles and some poor positioning allowed Bath to score. Hornets were also not helped by a head injury to Lloyd.

A consolation try by Lewis, helped by an excellent run of about 30 yards by Toby, gave the score some respectability, as Bath won 53-19.

WESTON Under-13s travelled to Nailsea & Backwell and in an effort to aid Nailsea’s developing side, agreed to take part in two games.

In the first, Weston were slow to start and having kicked directly into touch from the kick-off, struggled to defend the following line-out.

Strong attacking from a large and powerful Nailsea side looked to be costly for Weston, but a knock-on from the hosts saw Weston’s Kyron Pearce gather the ball and dance through the entire Nailsea side to touch down under the posts, Lewis Patterson converted.

Nailsea soon responded with one of their own, before Brook Chamberlain used his strength to score in the corner. The second half saw a score from Harry Strutt and the game finished with Weston winning 15-12.

The second game saw Weston, now fully warmed up on the coldest of mornings, play to the strengths. Hard work from Andy Turner, Reef Morton and Jordan Toogood to name a few, created opportunity for the Weston scoring machines Lewis Patterson and Kyron Pearce to come to life.

Following a gift of a pass from Patterson, birthday boy Dom Marshall crossed the line swiftly followed by another for Harry Strutt. The game finished 31-10 to Weston.

Man of the match was awarded to Brooklyn Chamberlain.

Finding themselves playing on a full pitch for the first time against a reformed Burnham side, who included a number of Under-13s in order to get a team together, the Under-12s gave a good account of themselves.

The understanding that Hobbes Gaulton and Bradley Robinson have is a real feature now, but they have reliability everywhere, none more so than Isaac Bliss and Dylan Way.

Again their pack performed well under pressure and it was good to see Owen Lockyear back in the fold. Against the run of play, David Oputu-Dawood opened the scoring.

With the scores level at half-time, Hayden Maine, on his return to the club, scored two quick tries with long distance runs. Burnham drew level, but Tom Burge scored to regain the advantage.

All the tries were converted by Jackson Norris. Player of the match was scrum-half Hobbes Gaulton.

WINSCOMBE Under-16s hosted Chew Valley for a friendly game on a cold morning and ran out 43-22 winners.

There were some problems with team selection for Winscombe as the squad contained 16 forwards and only two backs, so many players were playing out of their usual positions.

Winscombe pressurised the Chew defence from the off and there were some good attacking runs from Thomas Amer, George Marsh and Charlie Clough and before long Amer score the first try.

Soon after, Joe Hartshorne touch down under the posts, before Chew Valley replied with a try. Their jubilation was short-lived as Will Macarthur took the ball in towards Chew’s line and Josh Hunt dived over to score his first of the season.

The final try of the half went to fellow forward Jack Painter, also his first this season, following a powerful run through the Chew defenders from George Prewett.

The second half saw Combe open the scoring through Hartshorne. Chew were denied by stand-in full-back Sam White, but attacked again and scored two more tries.

Winscombe reorganised and Hartshorne was soon in for his third try of the morning. This was followed by a storming run from George Harrison crossing for Combe’s last try. As a consolation, Chew had the final score shortly before the whistle to make it 43-22.

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