Promotion hopes take a knock at Chinnor
PUBLISHED: 13:54 27 March 2006 | UPDATED: 09:03 24 May 2010
WESTON'S chance of re-entry into the national leagues receded at Thame when they were defeated by three tries to one by a Chinnor side who are now favourites for promotion. The Seasiders were unable to take full advantage of t
Chinnor 17 pts Weston 8 ptsWESTON'S chance of re-entry into the national leagues receded at Thame when they were defeated by three tries to one by a Chinnor side who are now favourites for promotion.The Seasiders were unable to take full advantage of the ice-cold north-easterly wind in the first half, and although they defended well when they faced it, they did not breach the home ramparts until the 76th minute.James Reid, playing in his 100th first team match, gave Weston an early lead with a 45-metre penalty, but poor defending conceded a try to Reid's opposite number Matt Buckley two minutes later.A break by Takura Madamombe almost produced a try for Michael Denbee and soon afterwards Denbee was unlucky to be recalled for a forward pass as he touched down at the posts.The visitors pressed for the remainder of the half, but in stoppage time they were unable to clear a 22 drop-out and Chinnor countered effectively to give a try to Eric Brown for a 10-3 advantage.Three minutes into the second half the New Zealander scored again when he ran a perfect line to touch down under the posts. Buckley converted and Weston, now against the elements, were looking at a heavy defeat, but this was not to be as a superbly organised defence prevented the hosts adding to their score.Despite losing Andrew Richards and Paul Sprague with injuries, Ashley Russell, Ricky Jones and Denbee excelled in Weston's rearguard and they thoroughly deserved their solitary try when a breakout by replacement Joe Woodward and major contributions by Jones and Russell produced a try for Alec Hughes.Weston: M Lowis; M McQuaid, T J Madamombe, A Hughes, P Sprague (J Woodward 63), J Reid, R Jones, A Chase, D Burge, T Mathias (S Donegan 70), A Richards (K Hobbs 59), C Chase, D Cook, M Denbee, A Russell. Yellow card: Cook (68).