Seasiders crash to heavy home defeat

Weston crashed to their heaviest margin of defeat for many years at home to Bournemouth.

WESTON 3 pts

BOURNEMOUTH 63 pts

WESTON suffered their heaviest margin of defeat for many years when they conceded nine tries without reply at the Recreation Ground last Saturday.

Bournemouth had speed and accuracy all over the field and it is unsurprising that they have scored 100 points in two of their matches this term.


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They were ahead in the fourth minute with scrum-half Sam Hardcastle’s first try, converted by fly-half Dan Pollard who added a penalty.

James Mackay’s penalty for a spear tackle was quickly cancelled out by Pollard’s second, and by the break, the visitors were 27-3 ahead with further tries by wing Robbie Searle and Hardcastle’s second, both converted by Pollard.

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By now, Andrew Glen had retired with a shoulder injury to be replaced by Shaun Eaton and by the seventh minute of the second half, centre Dan Connelly and No 8 Gavin Hart had added tries, both converted by Pollard.

Full-back Karim Lynch joined the scorers with a 62nd minute try and Weston’s troubles continued when Ross Bennett was red carded for apparently verbally abusing referee Dan Parrott.

The Seasiders were now is disarray and during the final 15 minutes Bournemouth added further tries by replacement Dan Mallard, Connolly and Searle, who both scored their second. Pollard kicked his sixth conversion for a personal tally of 18 points.

Weston: C Young, P Sprague (S Harris 76), M Roberts, G Kimmins, M Watkins, J Mackay, R Bennett, D Swann (D Doughty 11-14, 76), C Withers, S Donegan, A Russell, A Glen (S Eaton 29), J Rudkin, G Wright, G Sparks (c).

Halfway through the second period, Bournemouth were heading for their third 100 points match and it was as well that the Seasiders’ defence did not give up.

There were many last ditch tackles preventing certain tries and George Wright, who returned to the back row in place of the injured Richard Bignell, celebrated his blazer badge appearance with an outstanding all-round display.

The Seasiders journey to Newton Abbot on Saturday for their final league match before the Christmas break and they will be hoping to avoid their fifth successive defeat.

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