United no match for Old Reds

Weston United were well beaten by Old Reds, scoring just one try by Aaron Solomon.

Old Reds 36 pts

Weston United 5 pts

WESTON United were looking to get back to winning ways against their Bristol neighbours, but sadly it was not to be.

Weston began brightly, with Jon Filer put a lovely kick in behind the Reds’ defence, but Sam Waterman was held up over the line. The referee brought play back for a penalty on Filer, but the kick was missed by fly-half Dan Lomax.

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Reds scored a converted try despite good play by Mitch Salisbury. Weston could have scored a couple of tries, firstly Simon Hudson ran out of steam after good work by Lomax and Filer was held up after good work by Robbie Mackay.

Just before the break, flanker Ben Cox was shown a yellow card and Old Reds took advantage to score a try.

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Things didn’t improve during the second half as they went on to concede a further four tries and 24 points. All Weston had to show for was a solitary try by prop Aaron Solomon, who went over in the corner following good work by Tom Crossman.

Ben Cradock and Tom Crossman worked tirelessly and carried the ball well. Salisbury on his debut had a fine afternoon and Loz Ware looked a threat when he came on at full-back. Ollie Caton again looked a threat on the wing.

Weston Athletic 22 pts

Midsomer Norton 27 pts

THE Athletic began their game full of energy and on the attack, but the large Midsomer forwards absorbed the pressure.

Midsomer took the lead after a catch and drive from a line-out, but Morgan, who looked dangerous all game, scored near the posts for Primes to convert.

The Midsomer pack drove the home side over their line for a try, but Weston were soon back on level terms with a penalty by Prime. The visiting forwards exerted their weight advantage again, resulting in a third unconverted try.

After the break, there was more pressure from the Midsomer forwards and another unconverted try. Weston rallied with Prime charging down a clearance kick for a deserved try, which he also converted.

The Midsomer forwards rumbled up the pitch again and bullied their way over the line near the posts for a converted try to lead 27-17.

McCarthy forced his way over for a try and the last 10 minutes was all Weston, but Midsomer’s defence held and they ran out winners by 22-27, Weston having to be content with a losing bonus point.

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