Seasiders notch up another victory
READING 22 pts WESTON 25 pts - DANIEL Fry was introduced into the Weston back row from the bench in the 63rd minute of his match at Holme Park and within 25 minutes had bagged a brace of tries.
READING 22 pts
WESTON 25 pts
DANIEL Fry was introduced into the Weston back row from the bench in the 63rd minute of his match at Holme Park and within 25 minutes had bagged a brace of tries to send the Seasiders to their fifth victory from the last six games.
Both scores were initiated by Andrew Richards' clean catching at the line-out, the first of which gave Weston the lead which was to keep them in front for the rest of the match.
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The visitors started strongly with George Sparks going close, but some of their passing was erratic, and not supporting their front row which immediately caused the hosts considerable discomfort at the set scrums.
However, they were ahead in the 14th minute when eight phases resulted in a try at the posts for Simon Williams, converted by Glenn Dickson.
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Then Neil Trevena, operating at full-back, had no one in front of him as he set off on a 75-metre sprint, only to be overhauled close to the Reading line.
Kick Middlemiss was also denied by a desperate defence, but before the interval, the hosts had replied with two penalties by Shaun Brown after Paul Sprague's covering had prevented a certain try.
Weston's inaccurate passing continued early in the second period, halfway through which Brown had kicked two further penalties to Dickson's one to establish a two-point home advantage; but then came Fry.
Weston, now attacking with vigour, opted for the touchline instead of goal, and Richards and Fry produced the score, which was closely followed by a penalty. At this point, Dickson was in the sinbin and James Mackay had injured his right knee, so Harry Warman stepped up to take the score to 18-12.
Reading quickly responded with Dan Phillips' corner try, but Fry was on hand again in the 86th minute and Dickson's excellent touchline conversion put the Seasiders two scores clear.
Reading had the final word with replacement Oliver Smith's try, but Weston had won
Importantly to lift themselves away from the relegation area.
This was another gutsy performance by Weston, but they should have been well in charge by the interval. They will need to improve the use of their possession if they are to maintain the progress they have made since Paul Redman took charge.
Again, Richards and Andrew Glen formed a powerful second row and George Wright was much in evidence at openside. But it was Fry, returning from a knee injury who provided the impetus for victory.
Weston entertain Cleve on Saturday in the re-arranged match which was postponed on January 9. Supporters should note that the kick-off time has been brought forward to 2pm.
Weston: N Trevena (M Burns 55); K Middlemiss, H Warman, J Mackay, P Sprague; G Dickson (sinbin 62), J Conway; D Price, D Burge, S Williams, A Richards, A Glen, E Smith (D Fry 63), G Wright, G Sparks (capt). Replacement not used: L Grimes.