Weston United record their first victory

PUBLISHED: 15:56 26 September 2018 | UPDATED: 15:56 26 September 2018

Weston Utd v St Bernadettes.    

Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Weston Utd v St Bernadettes. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

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After delivering a full 80-minute performance, Weston United recorded an excellent victory over St Bernadettes.

Weston Utd 28 pts

St Bernadettes 11 pts

After the loss of their first three games, Weston United finally delivered an 80-minute performance in which the errors were kept to a minimum.

The introduction of two old heads in captain Ashley Russell and centre Sam Waterman provided enough nouse to shepherd their mostly young charges to an impressive bonus point victory.

Weston opened the scoring in the 12th minute after a forward charge led by No 8 Ben Cox, it was the mercurial Waterman who touched down near the posts. Fly-half Archie Tilsley converting.

The Old Boys hit back with a penalty, but on the half-hour it was Waterman who again ended up crossing following another surging pattern of play, Tilsley again converting.

Bernadettes kept in touch with another penalty but Weston scored again on the stroke of half time when Tilsley produced a lovely touch find from a penalty.

Hooker Aaron Solomon, whose line-out work was impeccable throughout, got on the end of a catch and drive to give the hosts their third try. Tilsley converted to give Weston a 15-point lead at half time.

The second half began with more grunt from both packs, but with Weston doing well in the scrum through loosehead Sol Ward along with Soloman and tighthead Will Hunt, Weston had plenty of ball and when they didn’t their defence was of a good order.

The back row of the two Cox’s, Ben and Jacob, along with Blaine Tottle working tirelessly to keep Weston’s lead intact.

Weston secured the bonus point victory 20 minutes into the second period when Solomon repeated his earlier effort with Tilsley again converting. Bernadettes hit back with a consolation try, but the victory was well earned and deserved.

As well as the inspirational Russell and Waterman, Russell’s second row partner Sam Light put in a shift as did scrum-half Finlay Nash on his return from a nasty injury.

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