Injured Ewens inspires Seasiders to victory

PUBLISHED: 17:54 12 January 2007 | UPDATED: 10:26 24 May 2010

UNDER appalling conditions at Braywick, Weston salvaged a victory which looked extremely unlikely midway through the second half

Maidenhead 11 pts Weston 16 ptsUNDER appalling conditions at Braywick, Weston salvaged a victory which looked extremely unlikely midway through the second half.Maidenhead's Robert Hawkins had kicked his second penalty to propel them to 11-6 and the hosts were well on top.But Weston's Joe Ewens dragged his team from the doldrums with a majestic break which kick-started the Seasiders' recovery.In the 63rd minute, David Cook's catch and drive preceded a midfield switch which saw Ewens run past several defenders to allow Michael Denbee to dive over at the left corner. The scores were now level and five minutes later they took the lead.James Reid's long kick to Maidenhead's 22 put the hosts under pressure and following a penalty to the five-metre line, another catch and drive, initiated by Andrew Richards, resulted in Ashley Russell's fifth try of the season.But this success was soon marred by a serious-looking neck injury to Ewens who lay on the sodden turf for 35 minutes, unable to be moved, before the arrival of the paramedics.Referee Rob McCrudden decided the remaining nine minutes of the match would be played and during that time, in fading light, Weston dominated.The earlier introduction of Hallam Smith and Craig Chase, who replaced Ewens, certainly tightened up the Weston scrum and the 2-1 try count emphasised their victory.The Seasiders had opted to face the wintry elements in the first half and, despite the conditions, Mark Armstrong's penalties arrived in the 15th and 30th minutes.But in between, their kicking out of hand left a lot to be desired and after Hawkins' first penalty, another wayward punt was effectively run back by the hosts, resulting in a try by Mark Parkhouse for an interval score of 8-6. But then came Weston's reposte.This victory for David Burge's team will be a welcome fillip ahead of tomorrow's (Sat) home match against Cleve, who currently occupy second place in South West 1.Weston: G Vucicevic; C Young, T J Madamombe, J Ewens (C Chase 74), P Sprague (L Hember 68); M Armstrong, J Reid; S Williams, D Burge, N Lavender (H Smith 55), A Richards, A Russell, D Cook, M Denbee, G Simpson.* FOLLOWING his injury, Joe Ewens was taken to hospital in Slough, but, thankfully, was discharged later that evening and was able to join his team-mates for the journey home.

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