Hornets run out narrow winners against Weston


Hornets Under-13s ran out narrow 22-12 winners over neighbours Weston.

Hornets Under-13s hosted local rivals Weston and ran out narrow 22-12 winners.

The hosts started strongly, pushing Weston back into their own half and a well-worked scrummage resulted in Cavey crossing the line for the first try.

Weston fought back and broke through to level the game at the break.

The second half saw a even contest with both teams playing disciplined rugby. However, Hyland bruised his way over the line and scored a further try through Goddard, before Weston managed to pull one back and convert.

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Hornets kept their heads and some well-worked passing resulted in Goddard scoring to finally kill the game off. Tasker converted the last try to make it 22-12 to Hornets.

Weston Under-9s made the trek to Minehead and their diminutive side produced a fine performance.

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The tenor of the game was set in the first moments, when the largest of the Minehead squad was felled by a wonderful tackle by Jack Groom. The ball went loose and Liam Holbrook picked up and returned the ball the length of the pitch for the first score.

Groom’s strong start was quickly replicated by Joe Jenkinson, JJ Weall and Roo Beckett, who chipped in to score, while Jenkinson backed up his defensive exploits with a bullish try. Holbrook followed his early score with four more as Weston ran out 8-3 winners.

The second game was similarly well contested with great defence of Daisy Compton, backed with the running of Jayden Hood, making consistent breaks to score a couple and set up others.

Lewis Brown ran strongly, whilst Weall chipped in with a try and Holbrook two. However, this time a slightly tiring Weston side lost out 5-7 to the hosts.

In the final game of the day, the Weston side rallied again and were not to be denied. Amelia Groom was instrumental in halting the Minehead attackers, with Ollie Dadds strong in attack and defence.

But it was Harry Gadsden who shone, as he scored a coupe of tries from distance, and set up another as Weston ran out 6-4 winners.

The Under-8s also made the long journey down to Minehead for their last regular game of the season. The 13 Weston players made up two teams which played a total of six matches against the hosts.

In the first match Weston started brightly with Samuel Morgan scoring two well-worked tries. Minehead fought back and despite excellent tries from Abi Brown, Ashleigh Truscot and Adam Donachie, Minehead won this first encounter 7-5.

Match two saw a fine game of exciting attacking rugby with the sides exchanging tries up to half-time. After the break, Weston proved to be the stronger side, gaining a couple of crucial turnovers to run out 8-5 winners, with Joshua Kaschek showing his pace once again, running in four tries.

The best move of the match was from Weston who scored from their own try line as a strong run from Sam Bishop saw the ball passed through four pairs of hands before being finished off by Charlie Calcutt.

Match three saw a determined Weston side fight hard to avenge their earlier defeat. They strung together some excellent passing moves which saw first Joly Gaulton and then Will Stiddard cross the line. Two tries apiece from Samuel M and Adam, backed up by tries from Abi and Ashleigh saw the visitors home 8-5.

Match four was a close encounter as both sides came out attacking from the start. Tries from Corey Morrissey and Oliver Morgan helped Weston keep their noses in front, before a brace of tries from Charlie, along with a hat-trick from Cooper Boyd saw them run out 7-5 winners.

In match five, Weston defended stoutly with Lissy Rogerson showing the way and tagging well. Adam again ran strongly to score two tries and despite further tries from Samuel M and Joly, they lost this one 7-4.

In the final match, Weston turned on the style and attacked well with slick passing moves and strong running and Corey (3), Oliver (2), Charlie and Cooper were all rewarded with tries.

This brought to a close an excellent season for Weston, who have continued to go from strength to strength. They are now looking forward to a short tour to Devon followed by playing a special match against Hornets at half-time during the Somerset Cup final on April 29.

The Under-14’s travelled to Sandford in Dorset for their third annual tour. As well as paintballing and the usual rugby focused entertainment, the highlight of the weekend was a friendly fixture against Bournemouth.

After 10 minutes of play, Lewis Paterson sprinted clear to score beneath the posts, which he also converted. Soon after, good work by Jack Press set up Dom Marshall for another try.

Weston continued to apply pressure and nearly scored again when Brooklyn Chamberlain was pushed into touch just short of the line.

After the break, a penalty allowed some great passing between Andrew Turner, Chamberlin and Marshall set up Kyron Pearce to score in the corner, before the hosts hit back with a try of their own.

The next passage of play saw Toby Maleham pick up from a scrum and score in the corner, following a brilliant side step. The final try of the game came from Paterson to make the final score 5-27.

This was a game that saw a lot of scrums and it was a credit to Weston hooker Billy Howells, that he was able to hook a lot of the Bournemouth put-ins. Player of the match was awarded to Lewis Paterson.

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