Weston stretch winning run to six games
PUBLISHED: 09:28 14 October 2016
Copyright Andrew Collins 2016. All rights reserved
Weston stretched their unbeaten run of league matches to six with a victory at North Petherton.
North Petherton 5 pts
Weston 36 pts
Weston travelled the short distance to North Petherton with their unbeaten run of five games giving them confidence that they could extend it in this Tribute South West One West clash.
North Petherton were however no easy target and their energetic and burly forwards disrupted Weston’s plans and they had to work very hard to contain them in the opening exchanges.
However, the Weston pack was equal to the challenge and after good work by forwards and backs, Tom Crossman drove over from short range for the first try after 12 minutes.
Pethy continued to present problems for Weston and the visitors had to work hard on their defence. A moment of class saw James Mackay slide through the home defence and a slick pass to Tuttiett allowed him to scamper in under the posts. With MacKay getting the conversion, Weston led 12-0 after 20 minutes.
Petherton came again at Weston but the visitors defence held secure and the team’s turned round at half time with no further scores.
Pethy continued to disrupt Weston’s pattern of play and after a long penalty into Weston territory, skipper Brown broke free to score in the corner. The conversion was missed and this score seemed to galvanise Weston, who began to control things and force Petherton errors.
With Weston asserting themselves and playing to their strengths, they ran in four tries in the last 20 minutes from Bryan Webb, Glen Dickson, Robbie Mackay and Harry Jones. James Mackay added two conversions to bring the final score to a convincing 5-36.
The Weston players believe that this was a below par performance as they allowed themselves to get involved in a forward tussle with a well-organised and powerful Pethy pack.
In addition, their first-up tackles were not as clinical as they expect of themselves, but they can still be pleased that even when not performing at their best, they eventually still won by a clear margin.
Saturday is a break from league rugby when Weston host visitors Keynsham for a Somerset Cup first round match at the Rec.