Seasiders' defence shines at Basingstoke

PUBLISHED: 18:00 08 December 2006 | UPDATED: 10:20 24 May 2010

DURING November, Weston made a habit of leaking unnecessary tries, but on Saturday at Down Grange, it was their superb defending which was the key in this hard-earned victory

Basingstoke 10 pts Weston 16 ptsDURING November, Weston made a habit of leaking unnecessary tries, but on Saturday at Down Grange, it was their superb defending which was the key in this hard-earned victory.With Basingstoke procuring the majority of possession, the entire squad tackled as if their lives depended on it, and to cap their best performance of the season, they produced a brace of tries for themselves.With the strong wind at their backs, the hosts held the territory in the first half, but Weston did not concede until the 24th minute when James Fish touched down for Simon Humberstone to convert, but the Seasiders responded immedi-ately.Mark Armstrong's raking kick to the left corner gave Basingstoke a defending line-out and when their throw-in was not straight, David Burge made no mistake with his, for Simon Williams to be driven over for his first try for the club.Armstrong's conversion was wide but just before the break, his well-struck 38-metre penalty into the teeth of the wind gave his team the lead they were never to lose.Basingstoke continued their offensive in the second half and George Sparks, Paul Morrissey, Michael Denbee and Takura Madamombe were in defensive evidence when, suddenly, Weston produced their second try.A quickly taken 50-metre penalty saw the excellent Bryce Noble make inroads and an awkward bounce from Goran Vucicevic's chip gave Matthew Burns the crucial score.Despite Weston's 13-7 lead, the hosts were still held bent on victory, but their only reward was Humberstone's penalty which was cancelled out by a similar strike by Armstrong following a stamping offence on Madamombe.After the poor performance against Maidenhead on November 4, head coach Peter Sloman will be pleased that his team is running into some kind of form, but on the debit side, injuries have struck once again with Paul Sprague, Joe Ewens and Sparks likely to be sidelined until the New Year.Tomorrow (Sat), the Seasiders travel to Bournemouth for round 3 of the EDF Energy Intermediate Cup.Weston: G Vucicevic; A Hughes, T J Madamombe, J Ewens (R Drabble 24), M Burns; M Armstrong, J Reid; D Milenkovic, D Burge, S Williams (C Derrick 54), B Noble, A Russell, M Denbee, P Morrissey, G Sparks (C Chase 61-66) (C Chase 82).

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