Hornets fourths enjoy exciting victory at Weston

PUBLISHED: 09:32 06 January 2017

Hornets 4th XV and Weston 4th XV.

Hornets 4th XV and Weston 4th XV.

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An exciting match finished with victory for Hornets fourth team against their hosts Weston.

Weston 4th XV 7 pts

Hornets 4th XV 19 pts

The first fixture of its kind took place as both clubs recently revived fourth teams bought excitement to an often quiet period between Christmas and New Year.

As both teams took to the field, there was an abundance of some of the biggest names in local rugby seen in the last 25 years.

Weston started strongly and set up camp deep in Hornets territory for the majority of the first-half, opening the scoring with some strong running after 30 minutes. Hornets’ defence stood firm with some fine tackling from Venn, Howells, Hancock and Ashfield.

In the final moments of the half, Hornets got their first real chance of the game and with good link-up play, saw Gareth Brock break from within his half and outpace a tiring Weston side.

After the break, the visiting pack was beginning to dominate with Milsom, Plumley, Sewell, Briffit, Hawkes, O’Hagan, Davies and Dewhurst scrummaging like a well-oiled machine.

This presented the back line with more opportunities to attack and strong running from Allan, Palmer, Dorrington and Warren saw Ashfield crash over for Hornets’ second try.

Substitutions were made to inject some pace, with Hutchinson, Jackson, Nettleton, Cates, Hull, Sheppard and Carter all coming on to keep up the pressure on Weston. This paid off when Bailey James crashed over for the third and final try of the night to make the final score of 7-19 to Hornets.

Man of the match was Calvin Venn for his superb lesson in tackling.

For Weston, the stand-out players were Chris Rowlands and Alec Hughes.

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