Seasiders come out on top in scrappy derby

PUBLISHED: 10:08 25 September 2006 | UPDATED: 09:55 24 May 2010

Weston scrum-half Ryan Drabble tries to disrupt a Clevedon attack.

Weston scrum-half Ryan Drabble tries to disrupt a Clevedon attack.

THE weather conditions were perfect for open rugby, but there was precious little of this commodity at the Recreation Ground in this second round of matches in South West 1. In the opening quarter, Weston attempted to use th

Weston 31 pts Clevedon 10 ptsTHE weather conditions were perfect for open rugby, but there was precious little of this commodity at the Recreation Ground in this second round of matches in South West 1.In the opening quarter, Weston attempted to use their backs, but after Matthew Burns had gone close in the sixth minute, two golden chances were missed and for the remainder of the match they relied on David Burge's pack which produced four of their five tries.The hosts started to practice their line-out drives from the first minute and they were held up on the line twice before Ashley Russell was helped over following good work by Mike Lowis, Sean Bennett and Darren Doughty.Mark Armstrong and Clevedon's Steve Johnson failed with kickable penalties before the break which arrived with Weston just five points to the good.But the second half was only two minutes old when Michael Denbee scored from a tap penalty after Clevedon had pulled down a maul. Armstrong converted and he was soon adding the goal points to Kevin Hobbs' try after another attacking line-out.Clevedon, who were without their first-choice half-backs Hawkes and Filby, got themselves into the match when Bradley Kemp dived over from a yard, but Weston immediately added to their tally.Armstrong's accurate grubber kick in the 69th minute caused every kind of problem for the defence and Bennett dived between two Clevedon players in the in-goal area to touch down, Armstrong again converting and Weston were on their way to victory.The umpteenth Russell catch-and-drive produced a try for Burge, but the visitors had the final word with Chris Cates' try in stoppage time.In a disappointing match, Clevedon's re-arranged back division did as well as it could with Tom Thie and Simon John stifling Weston's early efforts, while Russell and the Weston line-out were in full working order.The Seasiders will, of course, be happy with this success, but their performance will have to improve for tomorrow's visit to the professionals of Mounts Bay in Penzance.Weston: G Vucicevic; M Lowis, J Reid, S Bennett, M Burns; M Armstrong (A Hughes 70), R Drabble; D Doughty, D Burge, S Williams (N Lavender 74), A Russell (B Noble 68), A Richards, K Hobbs, M Denbee, G Sparks. Yellow cards: Sparks and Denbee.Clevedon: S Johnson; C Cates, S John, T Thie, Ed Haupt; T O'Rourke, A Vailes; N Tucker, B Kemp, B Stone, W McMillan, P Hopkins, J Bacon, N Briddle, D Rawle. Replacements used: B Chase, H Russell, B Littleton. Yellow card: Bacon. Weston Athletic 24 pts Wiveliscombe 3 ptsAbandoned after 52 minutes, due to what looked like a serious injury to an opposition forward, the Athletic will have to wait and see if they are awarded the points in this Somerset 3 South League fixture.The game had started brightly for Weston with Jed Gibson scoring a brace of tries, with a penalty by Wiveliscombe's John Deere in reply. Direct from the restart, the Athletic increased their lead when the ball went dead, allowing the lively pack a scrum on halfway. An incisive break and a couple of dummies by man of the match Ross Bennett ended with a neat finish in the corner, Ben Main, who had kicked faultlessly out of hand with both feet, converted from the touch-line. At 17-3, all the Athletic's points had been scored and made by their ever improving youth division. Less panache and flair by the midfield could have provided Chris Heath and Charles Larkin with more scoring opportunities, in a one-sided first-half. Skipper Alex Larkin completed the scoring following a bulldozing run on half-time, the extra points being added by Main.* American scrum-half Tyson Meek, who was with Weston last season, has since been capped by the USA and is now playing for Nottingham in National 1.Matthew Williams, who made 23 1st team appearances at centre, is now with Stourbridge in National 2.

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