United register first victory of the season
Weston United recorded their first victory of the season at home to Tor.
Weston United 30 pts
Tor 25 pts
WESTON United recorded their first win of the season against a large and unbeaten Tor side.
George Chapman opened the scoring for Weston with a penalty, but this was soon cancelled by Tor. Weston were dominating the scrums and Ollie Trott darted down the blind channel for the ball to be recycled for Ben Cradock to crash over in the corner.
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This score seemed to wake Tor up, who went on to score two converted tries in quick succession. Weston were soon back on the scoreboard as Trott took a quick tap penalty and the ball was popped to replacement George Sparks to power over the line, with Chapman converting as Weston went into the break 15-17 down.
Ten minutes into the second half Weston lost flanker Dave Steele to the sin bin, but Weston retook the lead as Chapman converted a penalty.
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With another penalty advantage, Chapman sent a sublime crossfield kick to winger Mitch Salisbury, who out-jumped the defender to touch down.
Weston’s bonus point try was scored by Rich Johnston after his individual brilliance saw him beat several defenders and speed his way to the try line. Chapman was able to add the extras.
Tor kicked a penalty and with less than 10 minutes to play, Weston were leading 30-20 and with a penalty awarded to them. Sparks took it quickly, but a poor kick left the hosts under pressure.
Tor did score a try near the end, but Weston held out and deservedly won the match.
The return of Joe Pullen at hooker and Phil Hobbs at prop gave the pack an edge, while Trott and Chapman had fine games, as did Jon Filer at centre. Salisbury continues to impress on the wing and Johnston also made a huge contribution.
Imperial II 5 pts
Weston Athletic 56 pts
THE match began with Imperial’s strong pack in the ascendency, bolstered by Weston player Mark Matthews, who sportingly helped out Imperial who had a player delayed in traffic.
Eventually, Weston won possession just inside their own half and worked the ball quickly to wing Jamie Russell, who opened the scoring with a try. With five minutes to half-time, Weston put together several phases and Burns made a great break to score to put Athletic 14-0 up.
The second half was a different story after a stirring half-time talk from veteran captain Benny Hill. The forwards drove the Imperial pack off the ball for Burns to carve through for his second try.
Ben Wheeler opened his account for this season with a bonus point try. An excellent move saw Stuart come off his wing for another score under the posts.
Athletic scored three tries in the last 10 minutes as the Imperial defence flagged through Wheeler, Grimes and Russell.
Dan Prime had a good afternoon with the boot and converted all eight tries to take Weston past 50 points and secure an excellent away win.