Seasiders end their season with defeat

PUBLISHED: 19:07 17 April 2011 | UPDATED: 08:40 19 April 2011

RUGBY :  Weston  v  Bridgwater.

RUGBY : Weston v Bridgwater.

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Weston end their season in a fiesty match at Barnstaple.

BARNSTAPLE 19 pts

WESTON 8 pts

WESTON ended their league season with this disappointing defeat at Pottington Road.

In a most disagreeable match there were five bouts of fighting, a scenario which had not been seen during the whole of this term.

Barnstaple attacked from the start and the visitors had already been penalised on four occasions before lock John Ovenell crossed unopposed in the eighth minute for Luke Berry to convert.

The Seasiders responded well and were three times over the home line with a try being awarded.

The hosts were then penalised four times in five minutes close to their own line which yielded no further punishment and Weston went further behind when scrum-half Neilson Webber was allowed to run 50 metres to the posts.

Berry converted again but in the fourth minute of first half stoppage time Shaun Eaton’s catch and drive produced a try for David Swann for a 14-5 interval scoreline.

Weston attacked early in the second half but possession was surrendered on the home line and in another skirmish, a Barnstaple flanker was shown a red card.

But two minutes later the Seasiders’ 18-year-old wing George Kimmins, on his senior debut, landed a splendid 41 metre penalty to bring his team back into the match.

But James’s dismissal made little difference to the hosts and they sealed matters with an easy score by wing Berry in the 74th minute to leave the Seasiders in ninth place in National 3 South West.

Weston: J Waterman, G Kimmins, K Middlemiss (sinbin 28), S Waterman, M Burns (J Matthews 53 (Matthews sinbin 55), J Reid, R Bennett, D Swann, C Withers, S Donegan (M Matthews 75), S Eaton, A Russell, E Barker, J Rudkin, A Glen (c) (B Sparks 79).

George Kimmins, who made his first team debut at Barnstaple on Saturday is yet another product of Weston’s junior section.

Bristol-born Kimmins (18), who was rugby captain at Kings of Wessex School, started his club career in the Seasiders’ Under-8 squad and graduated through the age groups to colt level.

He is currently at Weston College studying for a degree in sport and exercise science.

Weston Rugby Club’s dinner will take place at the clubhouse on May 13 and not the 20th as previously stated.

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