Weston move up to ninth spot after important away victory at Lydney
PUBLISHED: 09:20 16 March 2018
Copyright Andrew Collins 2016. All rights reserved
With results going their way and an important victory at Lydney, Weston moved up to ninth spot in the league table.
Lydney 14 pts
Weston 20 pts
After heavy overnight rain the pitch at Lydney was made just playable by the hard work of the groundstaff.
The Weston side were led out by Andy Glen on his 300th first team appearance and the partisan crowd gave him a warm round of applause for this fine achievement.
After a couple of missed tackles and a knock-on, Weston asserted themselves and carried well into Lydney territory and snuffed out the threat from their mobile pack who picked and carried. Their scrum-half ran quick ball, but the Weston tackling was swift and robust and Lydney could make no ground.
On 27 minutes Lydney infringed and James Mackay slotted the kick for a three-point lead. Ten minutes later he was on hand to kick another penalty and Weston approached the break with a six-point cushion.
Right on the stroke of half-time, Weston infringed at a maul and Lydney fly-half Lock’s effort went just wide.
Weston kicked off the second half and regained possession from the kick and worked through the forwards towards the Lydney 22. Robbie Mackay was put into space by fellow centre Nel and scored under the posts, with James Mackay kicking the conversion.
Weston continued to dominate and their defence was solid, often driving Lydney backwards. Following a great turnover, Robbie Mackay broke through again and this time he put left wing Matt Watkins away but as he rounded to get closer to the posts, he put a foot over the dead ball line.
The Lydney scrum-half showed great awareness as he took a quick 22 drop-out and within 30 seconds Lydney had opened their account with a try from Ryan Watlin, converted by Lock.
This raised Lydney’s spirits and scored their second try by John Barker, again converted by Lock and Lydney, somewhat against the run of play, had taken the lead by 14-13 with under 20 minutes left on the clock.
Weston held their nerve and another great break out by Robbie Mackay saw him pass to full-back Chris Young who looked certain to score in the corner, but Weston hopes were dashed by a brilliant try-saving tackle by Lydney.
Weston quickly regained possession and Crossman saw a gap and ran through a crowd of Lydney forwards to score Weston’s second try. James Mackay made the conversion and despite a valiant effort from the Lydney players in the dying moments of the game, Weston’s defence remained secure.
A final turnover saw the visitors drive towards the Lydney line. The move broke down, but the scrum was awarded to Weston and with time gone, James Mackay kicked for touch and the referee blew for full-time.
With other results going in Weston’s favour and with a few games postponed, Weston move up to ninth place. They now have two home games in successive weeks and will need to keep up this determined form if they are to be certain of keeping out of the relegation zone.
Weston second row player Andy Glen played his 300th first team game for the club in the away fixture at Lydney.
Andy has only ever been a member of Weston since he began playing for the club in the junior section.
He played for Weston Colts and was selected for Somerset at Under -19 and 20 level and made his first team debut away to Torquay on April 24, 1999.
He has scored 30 tries for the club and has been a regular first team player and an important cornerstone of the side over the last 19 years.
He had a break when he suffered a serious back injury that required surgery and a titanium cage implanted in his lower spine. Despite this worrying medical issue in 2005, Andy returned to rugby for Weston after a three year gap.
Andy, known affectionately by his fellow players as ‘the big rig’, has had continued representative honours. He played eight games for the Scottish Exiles Under-20s and last season completed 20 appearances for the senior Somerset county side, earning his county cap and in 2016 and 2017 represented Italy in the Bermuda Classics veterans tournament.
Andy continues to live in Weston with wife Donna-Lyn and their three children.
The club is very proud of his achievement and wishes to congratulate him on this magnificent record.