Encouraging start for Seasiders

PUBLISHED: 14:34 27 August 2006 | UPDATED: 09:46 24 May 2010

THE rugby season is upon us again and Weston had their first outing in this friendly against the quaintly named Welsh First Division side. New coach Peter Sloman named a squad of 24 players and in spite of injuries and h

Weston 17 pts Fleur de Lys 14 ptsTHE rugby season is upon us again and Weston had their first outing in this friendly against the quaintly named Welsh First Division side.New coach Peter Sloman named a squad of 24 players and in spite of injuries and holidays, he must have been pleased to see his players come out on top by three tries to two, generally dominating the opposition, particularly at the breakdown, in a sometimes entertaining, but inevitably tight and feisty encounter.There appears to be greater strength in depth this season with several new faces and tremendous enthusiasm, on and off the field, from all players - an essential factor.Last season's promotion push ran out of steam with injuries to key players at critical times but there is greater competition for places. Always a welcome problem for any coach.Pressure by T J Madamombe caused panic in the Welsh defence after 20 minutes, McQuaid picked up the loose ball, was well tackled five metres short but the forwards arrived in strength for Russell to open Weston's account.This was the only score of the first half and the visitors took a 7-5 lead early after half time when they drove over from a five metre scrum and converted well.Thereafter the home side was generally on top. Two further tries were scored, the first a splendid effort from 75 yards when Lowis created space with a mazy sidestepping run to feed several support runners for new scrum-half Drabble to put Madamombe over for Reid to convert.The second came as a result of further concerted forward pressure which committed the defence, allowing promising young scrum-half Bennett to stroll untouched through a huge gap, and a 10-point lead.Fleur de Lys hit back with a well worked try by their backs, although the tackling could have been more decisive.The rugby club remains Weston's most senior, and highly ranked sports team, with the majority of players home produced through the junior section, and there has been much activity and hard work during the summer to smarten up the ground, clubhouse and surroundings.The next match is on Friday, September 1, against Dudley Kingswinford, kick-off at 7.30pm.

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