United continue their good form
PUBLISHED: 09:24 13 January 2012
Weston United continued their recent good form with victory over Stothert and Pitt.
WESTON’S second string continued their recent run of improved performances, with a narrow win over fourth-placed Stothert & Pitt in the Somerset Premier League.
Weston, who fielded five of the current Under-19 team in their starting line-up, are beginning to gain confidence to play at this level, and some of the expansive rugby they provided on Saturday was the best produced this year.
Weston took the lead when hooker Craig Withers, who gave a strong display throughout, crossed under the posts and scrum-half Dan Lomax converted. However, Stothert levelled the scores on half-time.
With Weston’s scrum dominant, they forced a series of scrums close to the visitors line, and after three penalties and re-sets, the referee awarded a penalty try, Lomax again converting.
Thereafter, Weston scored their finest try to date this season. No 8 Gavin Simpson broke from his own 22, offloaded to Withers who in turn fed Jake Whatley. Quick ruck ball was created and centre Matt Burns put his midfield partner Harry Jones away. Jones drew the opposition full-back and gave flying winger James Arnold a clear run to the line.
In the last 10 minutes, Stothert came back into the game, scoring two tries, one of which was converted. Weston held on for another league win, and a further push up the league table away from the relegation zone.
The front row of Doughty, Withers and Hobbs deserve credit for their scrummaging performance, as do the midfield of Reid, Burns and Jones for their creativity and elusive running.
On Saturday, United travel to Taunton aiming for another win.