Seasiders' promotion hopes washed away

PUBLISHED: 14:18 03 April 2006 | UPDATED: 09:05 24 May 2010

Weston 10 pts Chinnor 11 pts

Weston 10 pts Chinnor 11 pts

WESTON'S automatic promotion hopes were virtually washed away when they went down by a single point to champions-elect Chinnor. Heavy rain

WESTON'S automatic promotion hopes were virtually washed away when they went down by a single point to champions-elect Chinnor.Heavy rain arrived at the Recreation Ground a couple of hours before kick-off to render the pitch into a state of flood; and by the end of the match, it resembleld a ploughed field. But under these conditions, the teams produced an exciting match. The Seasiders started well, and within eight minutes were 10 points ahead. After their kick-off had not reached the required 10 metres, they counter-attacked effectively from the ensuing scrum and after Mike Lowis and Matthew McQuaid had made 50 metres down the right, James Reid ran through the defence from a set piece close to Chinnor's line. Reid added the conversion and soon added a 35-metre penalty.But Chinnor then put the hosts under prolonged pressure and important defending was required from Takura Madamombe and Kevin Hobbs before Weston suffered a serious blow when Ashley Russell was forced to retire with a shoulder injury.From then on the Weston line-out deteriorated as quickly as the conditions and Chinnor were almost level at the break with a penalty by Matt Buckley and a try by Morgan Thompson.Goal kicking was not easy and Reid and Buckley failed early in the second half, but Reid's break and McQuaid's clever kick saw Alec Hughes unluckily hit the corner flag as he dived over.By now Weston were looking to close out the match, but neither Reid nor Lowis were able to convert penalties and as Chinnor made one final effort, Hughes made two try-saving tackles before replacement Richard Williams found the only patch of grass left on the pitch to kick what was to be the winning penalty.There were now only four minutes of normal time remaining and Weston gave everything they had in their attempt to secure the points.There was another break by Reid and a long run by Gavin Simpson, who had replaced Russell, and in the final seconds, Andrew Richards was tackled into touch at the right corner. But it was not to be their day.Weston: M Lowis; A Hughes (G Vucicevic 78), M McQuaid, T J Madamombe, P Sprague; J Reid, R Jones; A Chase, D Burge, C Derrick, A Richards, D Milenkovic (C Chase 69), D Cook, K Hobbs, A Russell (G Simpson 17).Yellow cards: A Chase and Jones.WESTON will host a veterans' tournament at the Recreation Ground on Easter Saturday, April 15. Full details will be published in next week's issue.

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