Joe takes centre stage against Abbey
PUBLISHED: 08:50 04 December 2006 | UPDATED: 10:17 24 May 2010
WESTON centre Joe Ewens played a big part in this comfortable victory over a Reading Abbey team which remains in the basement area of the South West 1 table
Weston 50 pts Reading Abbey 28 ptsWESTON centre Joe Ewens played a big part in this comfortable victory over a Reading Abbey team which remains in the basement area of the South West 1 table.Ewens' first significant action came in the 16th minute when his accurate kick to the left corner gave Paul Sprague a try, and he was on the scoresheet himself four minutes later when he was on the end of some superb running by Takura Madamombe.The former England A player's second try arrived 10 minutes into the second half and he then set up a try for Madamombe who celebrated his 100th first team appearance.Weston were ahead by 24-0 just before the break, Djordje Milenkovic and Ashley Russell having touched down their other tries, James Reid converting twice. But in the sixth minute of first-half stoppage time, Abbey replied with a pushover try secured by Ben Craddick and converted by Tom Waterhouse.Weston started positively after the interval, Goran Vucicevic's long kick to the right corner eventually producing Russell's catch and drive and a try for skipper David Burge.Reid added the goal points, but Abbey further reduced the arrears with a short-range try by Steve Willis which Waterhouse majorised, however, Reid's conversions of tries by Ewens and Madamombe took the score to 45-14.George Sparks' try brought up the half-century after some skilful work by Reid and replacement Armstrong, but the hosts then proceeded to go off the boil, allowing the visitors to score two more tries by Sam Mallet from a line-out drive and Willis' second from another five-metre scrum pushover, Waterhouse converting both.The bad news for Weston is that winger Paul Sprague has suffered a broken nose, the second of this type of injury sustained by the club this season. Mark Armstrong was the other, and, ironically, his return from this set-back signalled Sprague's exit.Weston; G Vucicevic; C Young, T J Madamombe, J Ewens, P Sprague (M Armstrong 27); J Reid, R Drabble; D Milenkovic, D Burge (J Gallagher 61), C Derrick (H Smith 61), A Richards, A Russell, M Denbee, P Morrissey, G Sparks. Mascot: Alex Tyler (Under-9s fly-half).* FOLLOWING their victory over Camborne, Weston have been drawn away to Bournemouth in the third round of the EDF Energy Intermediate Cup. The match will be played on Saturday, December 9.The Seasiders were due to play Stothert and Pitt at home on the following day, in the Blackthorn Somerset Cup, but the Bath-based club have withdrawn from the competition, giving Weston a bye into the second round, which is due to be played on Sunday, January 21.* WESTON centre Takura Madamombe made his 100th first team appearance against Reading Abbey. Madamombe (29) was born in Buhera, Zimbabwe, and won 15 caps for his country before coming to the UK.He played for St Mary's Old Boys in Bristol before joining Weston in 2002, since when he has scored 38 tries.