Discipline the key as Seasiders hold out

PUBLISHED: 18:08 19 January 2007 | UPDATED: 10:29 24 May 2010

ANOTHER dogged second-half performance produced the goods for Weston as they fought back from an interval deficit. Before the match, Cleve were

Weston 21 pts Cleve 14 ptsANOTHER dogged second-half performance produced the goods for Weston as they fought back from an interval deficit.Before the match, Cleve were confident they could complete a league double and maintain their promotion challenge and by half time, their prediction was on track at 14-6.They touched down a brace of tries, both converted, and one more score would, surely, have secured the points, but the Seasiders had other ideas and produced two tries of their own and it was, perhaps fitting, the scorers were their two outstanding performers, Bryce Noble and Michael Denbee.In the 46th minute, a massive 15-metre drive gave Noble the score and 20 minutes later while under extreme pressure, the visitors lost possession at a five-metre scrum and Denbee was, as ever, in the right place at the right time to dive over.Mark Armstrong converted and after David Cook's surging burst, the fly-half kicked his third penalty to seal the victory.The main difference between the sides was the line-out, and Noble set the tone by winning Cleve's first throw-in and from then on the visitors struggled whereas Weston's touchline duties were near perfect with Noble and Ashley Russell providing ample possession.But the second-placed Mangots-field outfit were looking the better team even though both their tries had an element of doubt. In the 23rd minute, following Armstrong's penalty, Luke Hember's attempted clearance rebounded 15 metres to the Weston line and Jack Benshall was awarded the try despite downward pressure appearing not to be applied.Referee Mr Maldern ignored skipper Burge's description of events and awarded the try.But after the break came Weston's now familiar reply which not only produced their tries, but prevented the one score which could have cost them their deserved success.The all-round defence was as good as it could get, and the discipline was so tight that Cleve did not have a single shot at goal during the second period.Weston still remain in fourth position in South West 1, but their supporters can look forward to the next two home matches, against third placed St Ives on February 3 and leaders Mounts Bay on the 24th.Weston: G Vucicevic; C Young (S Bennett 54), T J Madamombe, J Reid, P Sprague; M Armstrong, L Hember; A Richards (H Smith 54, sin bin 83), D Burge, S Williams, B Noble, A Russell, D Cook (C Chase 66), M Denbee, G Simpson.* WESTON supporters are advised that the home match against St Ives on February 3 will kick off at 2.15pm and not 2.30pm as previously stated.This amended time will enable players and spectators to watch the Six Nations match between England and Scotland on the big screen in the clubhouse.* THE Merit Table match between Weston United and Hornets 2nds will be played on Friday, January 26, under the Recreation floodlights, kick-off at 7.30pm.Morganians 5 pts Weston Athletic 15 ptsThe Athletic secured a comfortable third-place league position with a competent display over fourth placed Morganians. Playing against the elements in the first-half, and with a much changed side, Hill's forwards were on top right from the start against a side still half asleep. A half of attrition, with little running rugby, was brought to life when Bush crashed over for an unconverted try. With the wind behind their backs in the second period and Forde finding his range, the Athletic started to move the ball wide. A Forde penalty and committed running by Larkin, brushing aside three challenges, resulted in a try converted by Forde. At 15-0 down, Morganians lumpy forwards suddenly realised they were in a game and only superb tackling kept them at bay, Stanley crashing over for one unconverted consolation. The plaudits for the performance have to go to the pack, controlling the game from the off. Veteran Philp added his experience to a superb back-row performance with youngsters Matthews and Higginbottom men of the match.

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