Tough start to the new year for Seasiders

PUBLISHED: 19:15 05 January 2007 | UPDATED: 10:24 24 May 2010

WESTON reached the halfway point of their season occupying fifth position in South West 1. In all matches, they have won eight from 14, drawing once and

WESTON reached the halfway point of their season occupying fifth position in South West 1.In all matches, they have won eight from 14, drawing once and they have scored 55 tries which have been evenly spread among the squad.Centre Joe Ewens leads the way with five, while T J Madamombe, Sean Bennett, Ashley Russell and Paul Sprague have each touched down four times.Top points scorers are Mark Armstrong with 88 and James Reid with 55.Leading the appearance list are skipper David Burge, lock Andrew Richards, No 3 George Sparks and Russell, who have played in 13 games.Goran Vucicevic and Reid (12 each), scrum-half Roger Drabble (11), lock Bryce Noble and Ewens (10 each) are the others in double figures.The Seasiders will be disappointed to end the year with two defeats, at Bournemouth in the Intermediate Cup, and at home to Oxford Harlequins, and they will need to re-group going into this month.They have four tough matches coming up, starting with a trip to fourth placed Maidenhead, then hosting Cleve who are second. Weston have already suffered defeat by both these clubs and the visit to Bracknell on January 27 will not be easy.There is also the matter of the Somerset Blackthorn Cup semi-final at Hutton Moor against Hornets on the 20th.United have won nine of their 14 matches and are in fourth place in the Merit Table. Skipper David Steele has appeared in every match, and his leading points scorer is Neil Coleman with 57. Winger Chris Young is on 48 and Matthew Burns tops the try list with nine.The Athletic, in Somerset 3, are in third position, having won nine of their 11 league matches. Sam Lloyd-Jones heads the points scoring with 84, including 10 tries. Wanderers have won three of their 10 matches.

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