League leaders prove too strong for United
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Weston United lost at home to league leaders Gordano.
Gordano 29 pts
Weston United 5 pts
UNITED were looking to avenge the defeat inflicted on them back in October by the league leaders, but sadly it was not to be.
In damp and muddy conditions, Weston never got to grips with their opponents basic, but effective rugby. Gordano scored first following a driving maul that Weston stopped illegally, the Gordano scrum-half took a quick tap penalty to score a try.
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Gordano were soon attacking the Weston line again as their centres made countless yards up the pitch, only to be thwarted by some great work by Weston flanker Shaun Eaton to steal the ball on the try line.
The Gordano scrum-half scored his second of the match following a catch and drive at a line-out. A great drive upfield by James Andrews led to an attacking line-out near the Gordano line, only for hooker Joe Pullen to miss his target and the moment was lost.
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Weston got their only points of the match against the run of play. An attacking scrum led to second row Simon Hudson picking the ball up and setting up a great driving maul towards the Gordano line, where Pullen was able to score.
Weston gave away a needless penalty on the stroke of half-time as Tom Crossman failed to release the tackled player. Gordano added the simple three points and led 15-5 at the break.
After the break, scrum-half Ross Bennett took a quick penalty and made a sniping break and popped the ball to Eaton, who unfortunately put a foot into touch as the try line beckoned.
With about 25 minutes to play, Weston had to go to uncontested scrums. Having lost prop Tom Wheatley in the first-half to a foot injury, they lost hooker Pullen to what looked like a serious knee injury.
Gordano scored again after a driving maul was ended when Hudson quite blatantly stopped it illegally. The penalty try was correctly awarded by the referee, but how Hudson was not yellow carded was a mystery to all.
As Gordano went in search of the bonus point, they spread the ball wide and with a three-man overlap, Weston winger Joe McGrath deliberately knocked the ball on and was sent to the sin bin. From the resulting penalty, Gordano moved the ball quickly to secure their fourth try and added the conversion.