Weston secure a point to secure South West League status

PUBLISHED: 09:28 27 April 2018 | UPDATED: 09:28 27 April 2018

James Mackay.

James Mackay.

Copyright Andrew Collins 2016. All rights reserved

Weston earned a point in a narrow defeat at Brixham which was enough to stave off the threat of relegation.

Brixham 21 pts

Weston 17 pts

This final game of the season in the South West Premier League was important for the future of both the clubs.

The game kicked of in bright warm sunshine in front of a large crowd bolstered by the attendance of the Weston junior section and travelling supporters.

The game was robust and energetic and neither side had the upper hand in the opening exchanges, but Brixham’s Tom Putt got the opening score from a penalty kick.

Weston’s finishing was less clinical than of late and they seemed over keen to score at the first go, rather than build pressure and display patience.

Putt got a second penalty and Weston failed to capitalise on another chance before James Mackay got them underway with a penalty on 28 minutes.

Weston were dismayed when Watkins hit the ball off his knee and Kingscott in support gathered the ball and raced to touch down under the posts. However, the referee believed that Watkins had knocked on and brought play back to a scrum.

Weston were having the better of the play and a neat chip from James Mackay bounced kindly for brother Robbie to gather and race away to score Weston’s first try.

James Mackay converted and Weston took the lead with four minutes to go to half time. Brixham came straight back from the kick-off and earned a penalty which was kicked by Putt and the teams turned round with Weston having a narrow 9-10 lead.

Right at the start of the second half Weston made a simple error and a missed tackle allowed Brixham to put centre Tom Maclean away for a try, converted by Putt.

This energised the home side and they carried the ball through their forwards for long periods, starving Weston of possession.Weston did have chances to regain momentum, but took quick tap penalties rather than opting for touch kicks.

Brixham broke free for a second time and Maclean celebrated his second try. The normally accurate Putt missed the conversion, but Weston still looked to be in trouble with the clock running down and being adrift by 11 points.

A penalty brought Weston a chance and this time they kicked for the corner. The line-out was well won and the forwards drove for the line and Andy Glen touched down for Weston’s second try. Mackay converted and with just three minutes left Weston needed another try to win the game.

Brixham were canny and knew four points would very likely keep them safe from relegation and they held onto the ball through a series of pick and drives.

Weston got a losing bonus point which was all they needed to secure SW Premier League status. Brixham’s win, with other results going in their favour, are also assured of avoiding relegation.

Although Weston’s season did not end on the high that was hoped for, they have gained a creditable eighth place following promotion last season.

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