United run out comfortable winners
Weston United enjoyed a comfortable victory over Old Reds in perfect conditions.
Weston Utd 50 pts
Old Reds 20 pts
THIS was a great game of open rugby that was played in perfect conditions as the United ran out comfortable winners.
Weston started the game at a blistering pace and George Chapman converted an early penalty. No 8 Tom Crossman was first to cross the try line following a succession of dominant Weston scrums.
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Chris Young made a great break to pop to supporting winger Mike McCarthy, who passed to Robbie Mackay, who dropped the ball with the try line beckoning. Flanker Sam Fisher darted over for a try, converted by Chapman.
Scrum-half Ollie Trott made a trademark break to pass to the supporting Fisher, who offloaded to Mackay to touch down, extras added by Chapman.
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With Weston leading 22-0, they took their foot off the accelerator and a thunderous tackle by McCarthy certainly saved a seven pointer, before Ben Cradock was given a yellow card, leading to a converted try and penalty for Old Reds.
At the start of the second half, the bonus point was secured as Crossman scored his second of the match, following a great break by Fisher, converted by Chapman.
Weston soon put the game beyond Reds when winger McCarthy made a speedy break and good hands from Mackay found the supporting Young to score, Chapman again added the conversion.
Try number six was scored by McCarthy following great interplay with Young. The final Weston try of the afternoon was again scored by McCarthy, again after good work by Young. Chapman converted both tries.
Weston stopped playing for the last 15 minutes for some reason and allowed Reds to add two further tries to their total.
Weston Athletic 118 pts
Nailsea & Backwell 0 pts
THE Athletic completed the double over Nailsea and they produced a brilliant display of running rugby as they ran in 18 tries against a side that, to their credit, never gave up.
The scoring started when full-back Josh Wheeler picked up a poor clearance kick and ran through weak tackling to score under the posts with just 50 seconds on the clock.
Weston dominated the forward play and provided a stream of possession for scrum-half Dan Lomax and fly-half Dan Prime to distribute the ball out wide.
It was pretty much one-way traffic as the Athletic backs scored at will and there were first-half tries for Jamie Russell, Dan Prime, Jo McGrath and Ben Wheeler. Lomax was piling on the agony with a brace of tries and eight conversions by the break.
The second half saw the onslaught resume and the forwards, who were providing frequent and clean possession were rewarded when Elliot Monelle forced his way over for the first try of the second half.
Winger Jack Bridgman and replacement centre Mitch Salisbury were both unlucky not to touch down in such a high-scoring display, but both carried and distributed the ball well and can claim several assists each as the game ended with a flurry of tries.
Lomax had a personal tally of 44 points including four tries. Prime, McGrath and Josh Wheeler got hat-tricks and Jamie Russell and Ben Wheeler scored two apiece.
This bonus point win guarantees Athletic third place in Somerset 2 North and they cannot now be overtaken.