James' late try seals the points fo Weston
PUBLISHED: 10:41 09 October 2006 | UPDATED: 10:00 24 May 2010
WITHIN 60 seconds of the start of the second half, Weston were 17-6 to the good and looked to be heading for a comfortable victory, but Reading had other ideas
Weston 27 pts Reading 22 ptsWITHIN 60 seconds of the start of the second half, Weston were 17-6 to the good and looked to be heading for a comfortable victory, but Reading had other ideas.For the next half-hour the Seasiders could hardly get their hands on the ball as the visitors' bulky and well organised pack held the ascendancy.During this time, James Cathcart kicked a penalty to add to his two in the first half, he then converted his own try and added his fourth penalty to give his team a two-point advantage. But with nine minutes of normal time remaining, the hosts came to their senses and Mark Armstrong's second penalty gave them the narrowest of leads at the right time.Weston were now obtaining some possession and Armstrong's long kick to the Reading line set up the match-winning try. Now in time added, the visitors won the ensuing line-out and made a desperate attempt to run from their own line. But their passing broke down and replacement James Reid, who had been in action for only two minutes, was on hand to collect a fortuitous bounce and use his strength to withstand a tackle to touch down at the posts. Armstrong's third conversion posted a score of 27-19 and although Cathcart had the final word with his fifth penalty, Weston had won their third league match and moved up to fourth place in South West 1.Earlier, Cathcart had opened with Cathcart's penalty, but the hosts were soon 14-3 ahead as former Bath and Gloucester centre Joe Ewens gave a try to Armstrong and David Cook decided to ignore a three-man overlap to sprint to the line.Armstrong converted both scores and Cathcart, who scored all his side's points, replied with another penalty.Armstrong's penalty in the 41st minute, gave Weston that 11-point advantage before Reading's response during which there was much important defending, particularly by Kevin Hobbs, George Sparkes and Goran Vucicevic, whose crucial tackle on Grierson in front of the home posts may well have saved the day.Weston did well to come out on top in this match. To have conceded only one try during Reading's onslaught was a credit to their defensive organisation. Weston: G Vucicevic; J Curgenven (J Reid 80), M Lowis, J Ewens, P Sprague; M Armstrong, L Hember; C Derrick, D Burge, S Williams (D Doughty 76), A Richards (sinbin 52), A Russell (D Doughty 9-13), D Cook (A Glen 63), K Hobbs, G Sparks (sinbin 31).