Tough afternoon for United
Weston United were beaten by Stothert & Pitt, a side who have been in the top three of the league all season.
Stothert & Pitt 31 pts
Weston United 14 pts
Weston knew they would be in for a tough afternoon against a side that has occupied a top three position for the majority of the season.
With 10 minutes gone, Stothert raced into an 8-0 lead through an unconverted try and a penalty. This passage of play had the desired effect as Weston went on the attack to score the try of the match.
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They managed to recycle the ball from the restart and Adam Godfrey jinked around several Stothert players before passing to flanker Richie Johnston, who scorched away to the try line. Loz Ware added the extras with a fine conversion.
The away side added another seven points to the scoreboard when winger Joe McGrath was on the receiving end of a high tackle and Weston kicked the penalty to the corner. From the line-out, Ware put up a speculative kick that took an awkward bounce and allowed Mitch Salisbury to touch down. Ware added the conversion.
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Weston’s poor discipline saw them give away a large number of penalties resulting in the home side kicking two penalties and scoring a converted try.
Weston nearly scored a third try as another fine Godfrey break led to McGrath being tackled near the try line, but it was the home side that led 21-14 at the break.
The second half was tight and there was not much difference between the sides. Stothert scored a converted try from a loose Weston pass and added a late penalty.
A fine cover tackle from winger Benbobson Fondu with the last play of the match prevented Stothert scoring the bonus point.
The back row of Callum Kingscott, Tom Sugg and Richie Johnston were energetic throughout, in particular Johnston who had an outstanding match. Mitch Salisbury played well in the centre and full-back Adam Godfrey always looked dangerous.
Weston Athletic 26 pts
Oldfield Old Boys 22 pts
Weston Athletic’s season ended on a high as they leapfrogged their opponents into third place in this final league game of the season in Somerset 2 North.
Oldfield began the game strongly and pinned Athletic in their own 22 and scored a try after 29 minutes. Weston hit back and after a series of scrums on the Oldfield line, Wills was held up and Weston’s pack was denied a pushover three times.
With the wind at their backs, Weston scored when Darren Burns set up a try for Ben Wheeler’s, converted by Prime to give Weston a narrow lead.
Another kick from allowed winger Si Stuart to beat prop Jimmy Disney to touch down for Weston’s second try, again converted by Prime. Oldfield fought back and scored in the corner.
Weston were next to score after a series of forward drives and fine work from Grimes and Prime, Frost touched down and Prime’s conversion was his best of the day.
Mu was unlucky not to score after a break by Burns and a second chance was foiled when Wheeler and Mu combined again to go close, but were kept out.
Weston’s pressure paid off with 10 minutes to go as Ben Wheeler scorched through and touched down for his second try. Oldfield were not finished and scored a converted try as Weston ran out 26-22 winners.
Young Kieran Shelley won loads of turnover ball as well as putting in crucial tackles. Captain Dan Prime has been on from all season with the boot and his three conversions helped secure victory.