Seasiders' disciplined victory
WESTON 12 pts CHINNOR 10 pts - WESTON'S game plan against third-placed Chinnor may not have been the best to watch, but Glenn Dickson kept the ball in front of his pack which responded with an outstanding display.
WESTON 12 pts
CHINNOR 10 pts
WESTON'S game plan against third-placed Chinnor may not have been the best to watch, but Glenn Dickson kept the ball in front of his pack which responded with an outstanding display.
In addition, Weston's fly-half kick four goals from six attempts to give his team a narrow, but valuable victory.
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In the continued absence of Ashley Russell, George Sparks was handed the captaincy and the No 8 made it count with a memorable all-round performance.
George Wright, who had come into the side for injured flanker Dan Fry, was everywhere that he should have been throughout the match and it was the 20-year-old who was largely responsible for the Seasiders' first points.
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After James Cathcart had given Chinnor the lead with a straight penalty, Wright beat several defenders in a 30 metre run and when the visitors offended at the ruck, Dickson equalised with the first of his penalties.
Eight minutes later, Dickson was on target again following Andrew Glen's powerful charge but the 6-3 lead didn't last long.
Weston were having difficulty at the back with the low sun and James Arnold was unable to field Cathcart's high punt and from the resultant scrum, Toby Prescott was allowed to run unopposed to the posts.
Cathcart converted but Weston came to within a point at the interval when Glen again made inroads and Dickson obliged with another penalty.
Dickson's fourth goal arrived nine minutes into the second half and the excitement grew as both teams threw everything at each other to get the crucial score.
Weston continued to kick for territory and Arnold was unlucky when he was foiled at the right corner and Dickson was narrowly wide with a penalty attempt.
Chinnor's continued efforts to run the ball were met with a rock solid defence, including important tackles by Andrew Richards, James Mackay and James Reid.
But it was the Seasiders' discipline which came to the surface during those final 20 minutes when not a single penalty was conceded within 40 metres of their own line giving the visitors no chance of a winning penalty.
Weston: H Warman, J Arnold, J Reid, J Mackay, P Sprague, G Dickson, N Trevena, D Price (S Donegan 72), D Burge, S Williams, A Richards, A Glen, E Smith, G Wright, G Sparks (capt). Replacements not used: M Smith and D Steele.
As a result of this second successive victory, Weston go up one place in National 3 South West.
But it is still very tight in the bottom four and they now have two difficult away matches at Barnstaple and Oxford Harlequins before entertaining Bournemouth on February 13th.
The postponed match against Cleve will now be played at the Recreation Ground on February 27th.
FORMER Weston lock Daniel Tuohy has been selected in the Ireland squad for the forthcoming Six Nations Championship.
Bristol-born Tuohy (24) was educated at Priory School and started his club career with the Seasiders' Colts XV, eventually making the first of his 20 senior appearances at Old Patesians in September 2004.
He left Weston for the Gloucester Academy from where he appeared for Ireland's Under-21 team and at the start of this season he arrived at Ulster via Exeter.