Matthew runs in four tries for the Seasiders

PUBLISHED: 19:24 16 October 2011

Ashley Russell on the attack.

Ashley Russell on the attack.


Winger Matthew Watkins crosses the line four times in Weston's away victory at Old Patesians.


WESTON 32 pts

WESTON’S left-wing Matthew Watkins scored all of his team’s four tries as the Seasiders overcame Old Patesians at Leckhampton.

It was their first away victory against the Pats since their last success on January 18, 2003, and it was well deserved.

The pack was strengthened by the return of David Burge, Ashley Russell, skipper George Sparks and Kevin Hobbs, who was making his 100th first team appearance and this front eight provided the ammunition to release the backs who were able to include Mal Roberts and Andrew Evans.

But things did not start well for the visitors. After only 26 seconds, home full-back Stuart Taylor was slicing through to the line, but Weston quickly responded.

After six phases the hosts were offside and James Mackay, operating at full-back, reduced the arrears with a 25 metre penalty.

Watkins’ first try arrived in the ninth minute when Mackay entered the line and the wing’s strength beat two defenders before rounding Taylor.

Watkins was in action four minutes later when he got back to stop his opposite number James A’Herne, but Patesians stayed where they were for James Pettigrew to dive over for their second unconverted try.

But, before the break, Mackay and Roberts sent Watkins in again and the successful conversion gave the Seasiders a narrow 15-10 interval advantage.

The hosts started the second half as they had the first and within three minutes, wing Danny Davis had levelled matters and for the next 10 minutes the Weston line was under siege.

But things altered dramatically when Ross Bennett picked up a loose ball and sprinted 45 metres before Roberts put Watkins over again to complete his hat-trick.

Mackay’s excellent conversion took the score to 22-15 but there was still important defending to do until Hobbs’ tap-and-go from a penalty saw the ball recycled quickly for Evans to put Watkins over for his fourth try.

Mackay converted again from the touchline and with eight minutes of normal time remaining he slotted his second penalty to finish things off.

Weston: J Mackay, G Wright, J Gallagher, A Evans, M Watkins, M Roberts (S Harris 75), R Bennett, D Swann, D Burge, S Donegan (M Truscott 72), A Glen, A Russell, G Sparks (c), K Hobbs, G Simpson (S Eaton 85 sinbin 88).

With the Seasiders back at near full strength, this was a hard earned victory.

Their scrummage went well as did their line-out and it was good to see the midfield backs playing well enough to provide the pacy Watkins with sufficient space. The former Nailsea and Backwell wing has now scored seven tries in as many matches.

If they wish to continue their winning ways on the road they will need all their wits about them at Old Redcliffians on Saturday.

WESTON flanker Kevin Hobbs made his 100th first team appearance at Old Patesians last Saturday.

Oxford-born Hobbs (27) was educated at Kings of Wessex School and went on to appear for Somerset and the South West at 18 and 19 groups and Somerset Under-20s.

He had spells at Cheddar and Winscombe and the Bristol Academy before making his debut for the Seasiders at Basingstoke in February 2002. He has scored 10 tries.

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