Seasiders run out of steam again
- Credit: Archant
For the third successive match, Weston ran out of steam during the final quarter hour, as Redingensians scored 15 points to secure victory.
WESTON 17 pts
REDINGENSIANS 35 pts
WESTON played well against promotion-chasing Redingensians, but for the third successive match they ran out of steam during the final quarter hour, during which they conceded 15 points to flatter the visitors.
Redingensians were on the scoresheet in the first minute when they took maximum advantage of a Weston knock-on inside their own 22. Full-back Andy Bryans was the scorer.
You may also want to watch:
Six minutes later the hosts lost centre Kirk Middlemiss to an ankle injury. He was replaced by Adam Godfrey, who went to No 15 in a re-arranged back division.
The Seasiders then went on the attack for the following 15 minutes without success and it was the visitors who extended their advantage with a try by flanker Azza Hopkins. James Brooks converted for 0-12 and Godfrey’s important tackle on centre Aaron Hopkins prevented a third try.
- 1 Rapid coronavirus tests offered to people in North Somerset
- 2 Contemporary living in a pretty North Somerset village
- 3 Alliance Homes to deliver 40 affordable properties on Somerset housing development
- 4 New hope in third lockdown due to vaccine
- 5 Council seeks photographer for heritage project
- 6 Vacant care home to be transformed into seafront flats
- 7 More support needed from Government for pubs to survive
- 8 Police appeal for help to trace drug offender
- 9 Surgery's patient participation group disbanded
- 10 Man jailed for filming women without their knowledge
Instead, Weston went on the offensive again and they were rewarded with skipper David Swann’s try. And as the half ended they levelled matters.
A quick tap penalty by scrum-half Sam Smee saw Middlemiss, who had returned temporarily, and Chris Young put centre Steve Thompson over. Young converted for 12-12 at the break.
But early in the second half, Brooks kicked a penalty for the visitors and wing George Owen touched down to take the score to 12-20.
However, Weston responded again as the Reds were attacking hard when Ross Bennett, now at fly-half, intercepted and sprinted 80 metres to bring the score back to 17-20.
But Weston were unable to put together any momentum and Redingensians scored tries by Nigel Gumbleton and replacement Will Clark, one of which was converted by Bryans, who also kicked a penalty as the hosts subsided.
Weston: R Bennett, M Burns, K Middlemiss, S Thompson, M Burnett, C Young, S Smee, D Swann (c), C Withers, D Price, S Hudson, E Hunt, B Cox, P Morrissey, D Bufton. Replacements used: P Hobbs, D Burge, A Godfrey.
Once again, Weston’s fitness levels were exposed during the final 10 minutes. This was a pity as the Seasiders had, at times, played some fine rugby, highlighted by Thompson’s try.
This Saturday, Weston are at home again, this time to Worcester Wanderers who were 24-13 winners back in November. It is a match which the Seasiders need to win to keep them away from the relegation zone.
Weston remain in ninth position in National 3 South West, while Worcester are one place below, but have two matches in hand.