United coast to comfortable victory at Clevedon

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Weston United coasted to a comfortable victory over neighbours Clevedon.

Clevedon 2nd XV 14 pts

Weston United 43 pts

UNITED made a perfect start when versatile front five forward Ed Hunt crashed over the whitewash from the kick-off that had been gathered by the Weston pack and drove the Clevedon pack backwards, with the conversion added by Chapman.

Weston hammered away at the Clevedon line and there were repeated infringements from their opposing pack and with the penalty advantage, Weston scrum-half Ollie Trott fed the ball to centre Ollie Caton, who cut a great line to crash over, Chapman added the extras.

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Weston were soon on the board again following a great counter attack by veteran full-back Dave Steele, the ball was recycled and Trott fed the ball to Chapman who linked up with Rich Johnston. He found back row partner Sam Fisher who scored under the posts, with Chapman again converting.

After half-an-hour, Weston had the four try bonus point secured. Following a succession of scrums near the Clevedon line, Trott popped to the supporting Fisher, who then gave Caton a flat pass to go over for his second of the match, conversion added by Chapman to make it 28-0 at the break.

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With the second half no longer than five minutes old, Clevedon scored themselves 14 unanswered points due to missed tackles from the Weston players.

Weston hit back after a penalty scrum, with Wheatley scoring in the corner, soon followed by a penalty kicked by Chapman.

Weston were soon scoring their sixth try with simple hands between Caton, Mackay and the impressive Trott fed the ball to Sprague to score in the corner, with Chapman adding the extras.

Replacement winger Jack Bridgman nearly scored as he broke from the halfway line, only to be thwarted over the line and dropping the ball due to a great cover tackle.

Weston are now joint second in the Somerset Premier League and need to keep up the pressure on Gordano and Winscombe.

Weston Athletic 36 pts

Old Reds 12 pts

ATHLETIC proved too strong for the visiting Old Reds side and took revenge for the narrow loss earlier in the season.

The early exchanges were even and Old Reds clearly had the heavier pack, but it was Weston who opened the scoring after an inside pass from McCarthy found scrum half Lomax and his chip and chase saw him score and then converting his effort.

McCarthy sliced through the defence to score under the posts, converted by Lomax and from the restart, Weston attacked again and a neat break by Prime set up Harry Flower to touch down.

Following good work by the whole pack and pressure from the backs, replacement Burns scorched through to score near the posts and with a third conversion by Lomax saw Weston lead 26-0 at half-time.

Things carried on in the same vein after the break and Josh Wheeler was on hand for the Athetic’s first try of the second half. Old Reds hit back and scored two quick, but Weston sealed victory with a try from Ben Wheeler as Athletic registered their eighth win on the trot.

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