Seasiders hit back to secure victory
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A solid performance by the Weston pack ensured victory was secured at Chippenham.
CHIPPENHAM 17 pts
WESTON 28 pts
WESTON started well at Allington Fields. They were six points to the good after 12 minutes, but lost the advantage during the following quarter-hour.
However, they recovered to 12-16 at the interval and as the match proceeded, David Swann’s pack gradually got the upper hand.
A brace of penalties by James Mackay send the Seasiders on their way, but Chippenham’s full-back Jon Squire was allowed to score at the posts for Andy Williamson to convert.
The hosts then increased their lead when lock Matt Bye was driven over, but Weston revived themselves enough to be ahead at the break.
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On the half-hour, replacement David Bufton scored from short range, Mackay converting then kicking his third penalty, and the visitors were soon adding to their total at the start of the second half.
A strong drive from an attacking line-out provided a try for Craig Withers, Mackay converting from wide out and with 10 minutes or normal time remaining, the match was sealed with their third try.
George Sparks provided clean possession from a line-out and fast hands from the backs resulted in a try for left-wing Tom Bellek on his debut.
Chippenham had the final word with an easy score by replacement Sam Emery in time added, but Weston’s second half effort had seen them home.
This was a much better performance by the Seasiders but they will be wondering how they donated two easy tries to their hosts in addition to a couple of chance of their own which were wasted.
They were also fortunate that Chippenham’s kicker could only manage one success from five attempts, while Mackay kicked five from seven.
However, Swann and his front row colleagues David Price and Withers ensured impetus at the set pieces, and in the back division, centre Kirk Middlemiss kept the opposition busy in both attack and defence.
This Saturday Weston will have to show further improvement when they entertain league leaders Lydney at the Recreation Ground (3pm).
Weston: R Bennett, H Jones, S Smee, K Middlemiss, T Bellek, J Mackay, D Waldon, D Swann (c), C Withers, D Price, A Glen, A Russell, C Webber, P Morrissey, G Sparks. Replacements used: S Fisher, D Bufton. No used: P Sprague.