United miss out on bonus point victory at Nailsea & Backwell


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Weston United spurned many chances to earn a bonus point during their victory at Nailsea & Backwell.

Nailsea & Backwell 7 pts

Weston United 15 pts

UNITED made hard work of victory at Nailsea & Backwell, spurning several chances to earn a bonus point.

They started well with Harry Nash and Burge going close, before a forwards drive to the line was finished off by Dave Steele. Another break by Robbie Mackay saw him to pass to winger Mike McCarthy, who outpaced his opposite number to score in the corner.

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Soon after this, Weston scored their third. A solid catch and drive by the Weston pack saw Burge splinter off from the maul and attack the blindside, where Trott was able to put McCarthy away for his second.

There was not much to write about in the second half other than that the Weston defence held firm until the hour mark when Jon Filer and Ollie Caton both looked at each other while the Nailsea fly-half went through a hole to score a converted try.

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With the final play of the match, Weston lost Sam Fisher to the sin bin as Nailsea were awarded a penalty, which came to nothing.

Oldfield OB II 13 pts

Weston Athletic 38 pts

THE Athletic returned from Oldfield’s Bath ground with their third win in a row.

The hosts took the lead with a penalty after five minutes before Watkins gathered Prime’s kick to touch down, converted by Lomax.

A series of forward drives saw Leahy picked up from a ruck and broke through to score a try, before Oldfield kicked another penalty.

After the break, Lomax, Prime and Ben Wheeler set up Watkins to score his second, converted by Lomax. Oldfield replied with a converted try, but Watkins completed his hat-trick and a bonus point.

Athletic scored again when Disney was driven over the line to score in the corner, with Lomax adding the extras.

With seconds left to play, a superb series of runs by forwards and backs combining saw the ball go through the hands of Ben Wheeler, Watkins, back inside to Monelle, Josh Wheeler, Lomax, and finally Prime to touch down for the sixth and best try of the game, again converted by Lomax.

This 18th win from 20 four starts ensures Athletic can finish no lower than third and mathematically in with a chance of finishing second in Tribute Somerset 2 North.

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