United well beaten in poor performance

Weston United gave a poor performance and picked up two points from a defeat by Stothert & Pitt.

Weston United 26 pts

Stothert & Pitt 31 pts

THE scoreline from this game does not reflect the dominance Stothert had, nor does it reflect how poor Weston were.

Weston were first to score when a superbly judged crossfield kick by George Chapman found winger Ollie Caton, who scored in the corner. This score seemed to wake Stothert up as in the space of 12 minutes they scored 16 points from two tries and two penalties.

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Weston ended the half as they had started and scored a try through flanker Ben Cox, following a determined and strong carry by centre Sylvan Edwards, Chapman added the conversion and Weston trailed 12-16 at half-time.

Stothert started the second half with great urgency and soon scored their third try of the game when their centre sidestepped his way to the line through poor tackling.

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Edwards made another barnstorming run upfield to put Weston in a great attacking position and as the ball was spread wide, Caton knocked on with the try line beckoning.

Weston conceded two further unconverted tries as they tired and now trailed 12-31 with only five minutes to play. Weston ended the match the stronger side and from a penalty advantage, hooker Harry Nash scrambled over from a quick tap and Chapman converted.

Deep into injury time and a carbon copy of his first, Nash scored again following sustained forward pressure and Chapman added the extras.

Weston somehow came away with two bonus points from this defeat. Veteran Paul Sprague, winger Caton and captain Ollie Trott can be happy with their efforts in a game where Weston lacked passion, urgency and aggression.

Oldfield OB 2nd XV 24 pts

Weston Athletic 30 pts

THE Athletic opened their account with a bonus point away win in a keenly contested game.

From the kick-off, Weston’s forwards won three phases of possession and twice the backs set up good attacks. Full-back Jamie Russell came in to the line and scorched over the try line for the opening score.

Oldfield were not put off by this early set back and came back strongly. In a 20-minute period, Oldfield scored three tries to take a 19-5 lead.

Following a long kick from Prime, Stuart forced the Oldfield defence into a mistake, won the ball and forced his way over for a try.

From the restart, Weston attacked again and Henry Monelle was on hand to score a good try. Prime converted the try with the Athletic trailing 19-17 at the break.

In the second half, the Weston pack began to dominate and Elliot Monelle scored after a good driving maul. Weston regained the lead, but a break out against the run of play saw Oldfield take the lead with 20 minutes remaining.

Weston dominated up front with driving mauls and some excellent running by forwards and backs. A penalty for Weston was kicked for the corner and from the line-out, the Weston forwards drove the opposition back over their line with Bird getting the try.

The conversion was narrowly missed by Prime but he was on hand to seal the game with a penalty.

Debutant Jack Wilcox at tighthead prop had a great game with some excellent carries and several excellent tackles.

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