Seasiders edge home by just one point

PUBLISHED: 15:48 28 November 2018 | UPDATED: 15:48 28 November 2018

James Mackay.

James Mackay.

Copyright Andrew Collins 2016. All rights reserved

Weston held out to enjoy a one-point victory over visitors Cleve in a well-matched encounter.

Weston 26 pts

Cleve 25 pts

Weston just got over the line in a very tense match between two sides who used different, but well matched game plans.

The Seasiders looked to move the ball wide and stretch the Cleve defence, while the visitors used their larger forwards to great effect with rolling mauls.

Weston opened the scoring after three minutes with a James Mackay penalty. This was matched six minutes later by Cleve.

Mackay then missed an easier penalty chance, but Weston moved ahead with a well-worked try when Morgan came into the line from the wrong wing and an interchange of passes by Robbie Mackay and wing Howman saw Howman touch down in the corner. Mackay made the difficult conversion.

Cleve came back with a try after their forwards set up a rolling maul and then spun the ball to the wing where they touched down. The conversion went begging.

Cleve scored again from a rolling maul following a line-out and the sides turned round with Weston trailing 10-13.

Right from the start of the second half, Weston ran the ball wide and Morgan crossed on the right wing and with the conversion missed and the home side took a narrow lead.

Mackay kicked two penalties earned from intense pressure and moved eight points in front. With the Cleve hooker in the bin for repetitive offside infringements, Weston pressed hard towards the wing and an overlap could have seen any of three Weston backs score, but it was Robbie Mackay who crossed for Weston’s third try.

Cleve upped their game and used their rolling maul to good effect to cross for two tries, one in the corner which was unconverted and a second close to the posts which brought them within a single point.

Astonishingly the conversion attempt went just wide and Weston managed to keep control as the game moved into injury time and the home side held out for a narrow win which they just about deserved against an abrasive and well-drilled Cleve outfit.

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