Seasiders ease through in niggly cup encounter

PUBLISHED: 18:02 26 January 2007 | UPDATED: 10:31 24 May 2010

UNSAVOURY incidents, several mass brawls and cards of various colours were in evidence at Hutton Moor in this bad-tempered quarter-final of the

Hornets 8 pts Weston 38 ptsUNSAVOURY incidents, several mass brawls and cards of various colours were in evidence at Hutton Moor in this bad-tempered quarter-final of the Somerset Blackthorn Cup.The niggles had started even before Jamie Biddle had given the hosts the advantage with his ninth-minute penalty after Hamish Ross had recovered well to run the ball back.But Weston, having opted to face the strong south-westerly, took another 15 minutes before taking the lead they were never to lose.Winning a scrum on the right, James Reid's pass sent Michael Denbee through the gap for a try which Mark Armstrong converted. Shortly afterwards, a line-out drive carried 20 metres for skipper David Burge to be awarded the touch-down.Weston's third try arrived after Hornets' Phil Hogarth and Darren Griffiths had been yellow carded, their weakened scrum collapsing to concede a penalty try, which Armstrong converted for a 19-3 interval lead.Now with the wind at their backs, the Seasiders piled on pressure and there were tries for Ashley Russell from a push-over, and David Cook from another driven line-out. Armstrong converted the second, but he was soon on his way to the sin-bin.As events deteriorated, replacement Colin Powell touched down for Hornets, but there were red cards for Sean Kent and his opposite number, Weston's Simon Williams.But the visitors ended the match with a fine try, their sixth of the afternoon, when replacement Chris Young's well-timed pass sent Goran Vucicevic on a 25-metre run to the posts.

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