Brilliant Weston bag first Bristol Combination Cup silverware in club's history
PUBLISHED: 13:00 01 May 2019
Weston lifted the Bristol Combination Cup silverware after beating Thornbury 49-27 at Dings Crusaders' Shaftesbury Park.
In front of a large and vocal crowd, it was Weston who got the first try of the night through Brad Talbot, after good work from the team, with Glenn Dickson getting the conversion.
But this seemed to spur Thornbury into action and after a missed tackle winger Harry Glew scored in the corner to pull the score back to 7-5.
With the conversion missed Andy Ballard's men resisted a period of pressure to allow Talbot in for his second of the night, with Dickson once again getting the extra two points.
Against the run of play the South Gloucester side found themsleves back in it when a handling error led Louis Ogilvie to score a second try for his side.
Another conversion was missed with this one coming back off the post, but there was to be no mistake as James Wood fired over a penalty to put Thornbury within touching distance and one point behind.
That was as close as Jon Day's side would get as Chalrie Brabham went over for Weston after running through a gap in the defence and going under the posts and Dickson's conversion sent the North Somerset side into half time with a 21-13 lead.
Despite the best attmpts of Day's team who showed character and grit it was Weston who went over again following the restart.
Rich Bignell dived over for their next try, with Dickson's conversion sending them into a commanding lead.
Despite looking like game was out of Thornbury's grasp, full-back Alife Richardson weaved past a few defenders before going over and Wood kicked the conversion to give them hope of a comeback.
But that was dashed with three unanswered tries in 20 second-half minutes as Dickson, Harry Jones and Cameron Maslen all went over to confirm victor,y with inside centre Dickson once again converting all three to complete 100 per cent ratio.
This was not be the final act of a pulsating game of rugby, though, as both Richardson and Wood combined, before the latter went over to grab a consolation for Thornbury.
However, it was Weston's night as they secured the first Combination Cup title in their club history.