Weston Colts keep up unbeaten record
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Weston Colts kept up their winning start to the season with a solid performance against Bridgwater.
WESTON Colts maintained their 100 per cent start to the season with a good second half performance to beat Bridgwater 37-17 at The Rec.
The hosts took an early lead when Sol Ward touched down, converted by Jack Salisbury. Towards the end of the half, Bridgy stepped things up and drew level before the break.
In the second half, a Salisbury penalty and a try for Ewen Kennedy increased Weston’s lead, before Bridgwater converted a penalty.
Harry Flower kicked a long distance penalty to give the hosts a cushion and then scored a try in the corner after good work by DJ Wills.
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Weston extended their lead when Ward bulldozed his way through for his second of the game, which Salisbury converted. The hosts’ scoring was wrapped up when full-back James Aucott crossed in the corner and Salisbury converted.
Bridgwater had the last word when their outstanding No 12 crashed over with the final play and the conversion was added to make the final score 37-17.
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Pats on the back go to DJ Wills, Jake Grimes and Loz Armstrong, but top marks went to Sol Ward.
The Under-13s hosted Midsomer Norton in the first round of the Bristol Combination Cup and ran out 45-12 winners.
Despite the visitors’ bright start, it was Weston who were quickest off the mark with Lewis Paterson running in the first of his two tries and kicking a conversion. Midsomer Norton responded with a converted try to level the scores and scored again to go five points clear. In a key moment of the match, Jack Press made an excellent tackle to save a certain try.
Weston responded strongly with Kyron Pearce bursting through for his first try of the day and Under-12 Dylan Way made some excellent defensive kicks to keep Weston in front at half-time.
Weston pulled away in the second half as Pearce added another two tries and Paterson one, with excellent kicking for all five of his conversions. A strong team performance also saw tries from Dan Meadon and Dom Marshall as the backs reaped the reward of the forwards dominant play.
Man of the match went to Euan Braidwood.
HORNETS Under-16s took the opportunity to blood a couple of youngsters from the Under-15s and in Nick Hitchens and Tyler Haines Hornets proved the skill and ability runs deep through the juniors.
Hornets started slowly and allowed Gordano an early lead. Haines showed his worth in the line-out. Good ball and quick hands put Holyday over and an easy conversion for Keano.
Gordano scored again before good interplay with Fitzpatrick, Hancock and Richardson kept the pressure on and when the front row of Tanner, Cocking and Fitzpatrick put the squeeze on in a scrum, it forced an error and Solomon was on hand to steal a try.
A Richardson charge got Hornets deep into Gordano’s half and quick hands put Hitchens clear and the youngster showed his pace to go over.
After the break, sloppy defence by Gordano allowed a quick tap penalty by Richardson to put Hitchens in for a try, converted by Keano. Again to their credit, Gordano came back with another try.
Good play by Haines and Chamberlain set up Holyday for a great try, before the impressive Hitchens finished the scoring with a hat-trick on his debut to make the final score 46-21.
The Colts travelled to their National Cup tie at Devizes with a squad depleted by injuries, but came away with their heads held high after putting in a fantastic performance against strong opposition.
Hornets held firm in their own 22 for nearly a quarter of an hour before their defence was finally breached, before Hornets’ scrum-half Mike Long fed Danny Bailey to score.
The visitors continued to frustrate Devizes with resolute defending and the home side resorted to a kicking game, including two penalties.
D&I Joinery man of the match Curtis Higgins put in two try-saving tackles, before Devizes scored the final points with five minutes to go, Hornets losing 20-5.