Seasiders defeat Winscombe to reach the Somerset Cup final
WESTON 53 pts WINSCOMBE 13 pts - WESTON moved comfortably into the final of the Somerset Cup when they defeated Winscombe with a try count of eight to one at Yatton.
WESTON 53 ptsWINSCOMBE 13 ptsWESTON moved comfortably into the final of the Somerset Cup when they defeated Winscombe with a try count of eight to one at Yatton.Weston started at speed with breaks by Dan Fry and Sean Bennett and they were ahead in the 11th minute with Chris Young's penalty, but four minutes later, Winscombe took the lead. A half-break by George House was well supported by Owen Howell and Matthew Drew and Anthony Gregory scored at the posts. Howell converted, but a yellow card to Mike Vowles did Winscombe no favours and Fry scored from a penalty scrum.Young's conversion gave the advantage back to Weston and Fry's second try soon followed after a long run by Chris Crichton. Howell then brought the score back to 15-7 with a well-struck 47-metre penalty, but Sean Bennett replied when he took full advantage of an error from Ross Bennett's kick ahead.A try by Kirk Middlemiss took Weston into the break at 25-10, but Winscombe were unfortunate to lose House through injury two minutes into the second half. After Young converted a try by Kevin Hobbs, Howell kicked his second penalty to reduce Winscombe's arrears, but Sean Bennett soon scored again with Young's third conversion taking the score to 39-13.Crichton's brace of tries, in the 65th and 77th minutes, both converted by Young, ended the scoring, but Winscombe were still going at the end with Drew just failing to beat Crichton at the right corner and Andrew Ball losing possession over the Weston line.Weston will meet Bristol Harlequins in the final, with the date and venue to be announced in due course.Weston: C Crichton (H Warman 6-11); K Middlemiss (H Warman 49), D Sanft, S Bennett, P Sprague (J Reid 63); C Young (P Sprague 72-75), R Bennett; D Price (J Gallagher 59), D Burge (capt), S Williams (N Lavender 69), J Harris (D Cook 49), A Russell, E Smith, K Hobbs (D Steele 69), D Fry.Winscombe: A Gregory; R Suik, O Howell, M Drew, J Flower; G House, L Hooper; I Robinson, D Fryer, A Scrase, D Parfitt, W Foster, W Taylor, A Ball (capt), M Vowles. Replacements: A Gunningham, D Thomas, G Buller, M Hoy-Green, C Marsh, C Aske.FORMER Weston Colt Daniel Touhy will be playing in Ireland next season.Tuohy 923), who played 20 first team matches for the Seasiders, and appeared for Ireland's Under-21s, will leave Exeter at the end of the season and transfer to the Magners League club Ulster.WESTON supporters can look forward to two extra home matches next season.In a re-organised league set-up, published by the RFU last week, the Seasiders will play in the new National 3 South West Division which will contain 14 clubs.This will mean that there will be 26 matches instead of the current 22, the EDF Energy Intermediate Cup being abandoned.At the end of the 2009-10 season, the four regional winners, together with the two play-off winners, will be promoted to National 2, where there will be two divisions, North and South.The bottom clubs in the four regions with the worst playing records will be relegated.