James Mackay full of gratitude after becoming Weston RFC's all-time points scorer
- Credit: Weston Rugby/Andrew Collins
James Mackay has thanked his teammates after becoming Weston RFC's all-time leading points scorer during their Tribute South West Premier at Ivybridge earlier this month.
Macaky scored 18 points to help the Seasiders end 2021 with a bonus point 48-27 victory at Cross-In-Hand.
The previous record of 1,844 was set by Robbie Hazzard, who reached the total in his 362 appearances for Weston between 1968 and 1985.
Mackay’s first conversion set the new record in his 198th appearance and scored four conversions, one penalty and his first try of the season to takes him to 1,862 points.
"I was concentrating on Weston winning this game rather than thinking about breaking Robbie's record, and the boys did a tremendous job, just as they have all season, in allowing me to reach this milestone," said Mackay.
The fly-half joined Weston from Winscombe RFC at the start of the 2008/09 season, making his debut in the home match against Clifton where he kicked three penalties and a conversion.
He added: "I was obviously disappointed that I didn't achieve it against Hornets with the last kick of the game – which would have earned us a draw – but we put things right in this game against Ivybridge.
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"Becoming the Club's leading points scorer is a massive privilege for me, but, as I have said before, it is the rest of the team that score the tries or create opportunities that enable me to reach this landmark.
"As a squad, we still have a few things that we need to iron out, but we have some great players like scrum-half Jack Press and inside centre Dylan Power who make my game a lot easier. We have worked really well together – and long may it continue."
Weston came together over the Christmas period to help repair a fence behind one of the goalposts that had surrendered to the recent heavy winds.
Around 30 members of Weston RFC – ranging from coaches, players, former players and junior members – gave up their time during the festive period to repair the fencing.
It took the willing workers less than half a day to complete the exercise.
The Recreation Ground outfit will start 2022 with three successive home Tribute South West Premier league games on three consecutive weekends.
Weston, who currently sit in fourth place, host Brixham on January 8, followed by Okehampton on January 15 and Camborne on January 22.