United fall at the end

PUBLISHED: 14:13 03 April 2006 | UPDATED: 09:05 24 May 2010

Cleve 2nds 29 pts Weston United 23 pts UNITED travelled to Cleve with a side containing several Colts and three veterans in Hill, Sparks and Heath. With four props who had played first team rugby this season injured it was left to youngsters Dan Hewlett

Cleve 2nds 29 pts Weston United 23 ptsUNITED travelled to Cleve with a side containing several Colts and three veterans in Hill, Sparks and Heath. With four props who had played first team rugby this season injured it was left to youngsters Dan Hewlett and Jonathan Price to shore up the scrum and both stuck to their task admirably throughout. Cleve opened the scoring with a penalty and increased the lead when their right wing went over for an unconverted try. They then scored another converted try before Weston got back into the game with two penalties kicked by Luke Hember for 15-6 at half time. The second half was nip and tuck with United, for whom the back row of Paul Morrissey, Steve White and captain Stuart Board worked tirelessly. Board scored from a pushover before Cleve scored another converted try. This made Weston work even harder and when Sam Lloyd-Jones scored two outstanding individual tries, Weston were in the lead by a point following Hember's conversion. An unlikely but deserved victory looked on the cards. It was not to be, with Cleve scoring from a line-out right at the death. For Weston all played their part in what was their most committed performance for many a game. Youngsters White, Ben Cox, Ollie Martin and Marc Preston played with passion and no shortage of skill and the three old warhorses kept going for the full 80 minutes in what was ultimately an enjoyable and hardworking performance by the team.

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