Weston return from Maidenhead with the points in the bag

PUBLISHED: 11:26 02 November 2018 | UPDATED: 11:26 02 November 2018

Mike Hocking.

Mike Hocking.

Copyright Andrew Collins 2016. All rights reserved

Weston produced an excellent performance at Maidenhead and came away with a deserved victory.

Maidenhead 14 pts

Weston 24 pts

Weston have threatened to produce a performance like this for several weeks in a row, but this was the day when they put all the pieces together and at a venue famous for its home record.

Maidenhead normally expect to win on heir home 3G pitch and indeed last time Weston visited they were on the losing side and conceded a significant score.

The visitors were on the front foot from the start and after 12 minutes, excellent work by the forwards close to the home tryline, saw a perfectly-timed move by the backs which put Howman in the corner.

Chapman’s conversion attempt from close to the touchline hit the upright and bounced away

Weston snuffed out all attacks form Maidenhead and forced errors with their line speed and accurate tackling.

Following good work by forwards and backs combined brought Weston close to the tryline and with quickly recycled ball, Talbot drove over after an earlier attempt was judged to have been held up. The conversion attempt went wide but Weston had opened a 10-point lead.

Maidenhead exerted tremendous forward pressure and worked their way to within striking distance of the Weston try line. The home side forwards drove relentlessly from a five-metre line-out and crossed the line.

They were held up and in the next phase Weston turned the ball over and Talbot broke free and made 20 metres.

The Weston forwards were in close support and, having sucked in a number of defenders, two passes later Mackay ran clear of the defending forwards and ran round the last defender to score a wonderful individual try on the back of great work by the whole team. Chapman’s conversion took the half time score to 0-17.

The second half was more of the same and it took Maidenhead 23 minutes and a huge effort to break Weston’s defence and score a converted try.

Weston’s pack were now in control and as the play moved inside the final 10 minutes and following a penalty, Weston went for a line-out five metres out.

A clean catch from Russell was driven towards the line and hooker Mike Hocking touched down the bonus point try, converted by Chapman.

Weston continued to blunt the impact of the Maidenhead forwards and negated their offloading.

Credit to the home side who did not give up and in the third minute of injury time were awarded a penalty which was tapped by their scrum-half and passed to the wing who touched down and was converted, leaving Weston deserved winners.

This was a great team performance played at pace by a team who worked for each other, new to their individual roles and collectively produced a display that most teams in South West Premier would struggle to contain.

This five-point win lifts Weston to 11th place and within reach of seventh. The club motto “ever forward” is apt.

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