Seasiders slip up at home

PUBLISHED: 17:51 12 December 2010

WESTON enjoyed the first 25 minutes at the Recreation Ground, but Exmouth were allowed back into the match as they took maximum revenge on their narrow home defeat in September.

WESTON 17 pts

EXMOUTH 33 pts

WESTON enjoyed the first 25 minutes at the Recreation Ground, but Exmouth were allowed back into the match as they took maximum revenge on their narrow home defeat in September.

The Cockles had drawn level by the interval and they completely dominated the second half to run out impressive winners.

The Seasiders had started well. Paul Sprague’s kick and chase was held up on the line, but in the fourth minute Andrew Glen charged over for James Mackay to convert.

Exmouth’s fly-half Andrew Powell kicked a penalty but Weston continued their assault and when visiting No 8 Dave Kimberley was sinbinned, skipper George Sparks powered over from the resultant penalty scrum.

Mackay converted again for 14-3, but Exmouth took full advantage of some poor defending when wing Tom Elliott scored. Powell converted, but Mackay’s 35 metre penalty took Weston to 17-10.

However, the visitors were level at the break with Powell’s conversion of full-back Jack Downie’s try and from then on Weston were in difficulty.

Powell’s second penalty arrived four minutes into the second half and his corner try took them into the lead which they were never to lose.

The much superior visitors piled on the pressure and another Powell penalty took them to 28-17 and his own contribution to 18.

Kimberley’s try at the end endorsed Exmouth’s superiority and the final whistle brought Weston’s poorest performance of the season to an end.

Weston: J Reid, S Thompson, K Middlemiss, D Swartbooi, P Sprague (J Rudkin 67), J Mackay, R Bennett (J Conway 39), E Hunt, C Withers, S Donegan, A Glen, A Russell (A Richards 75), G Wright, R Bignell, G Sparks (capt).

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