Weston complete the double over Patesians

Harry Jones. Photo by Andrew Collins.

Harry Jones. Photo by Andrew Collins. - Credit: Archant

Weston completed the double over the Old Patesians for the first time since 2003 with a comfortable victory at the Recreation Ground.

WESTON 40 pts


WESTON completed the double over the Old Patesians for the first time since 2003 as the visitors’ pack was totally demolished at the set scrums.

The Seasiders scored six tries without reply as they racked up their eighth successive league victory and their 17th in all.

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Due to the waterlogged state of the main pitch, the match was switched to the splendid surface of the Recreation Ground as was the fixture against Newton Abbot in January, and the Seasiders were ahead in the second minute.

Young wing Harry Jones latched on to a loose ball as the visitors’ passing broke down, to sprint 60 metres to the posts.

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James Mackay converted and the fly-half was soon adding the goal points to his own try following his 50-metre solo break, and when veteran wing Paul Sprague touched down after Ross Bennett’s overhead pass, Mackay’s third conversion took the score to 21-0 in as many minutes.

Their bonus point try arrived just before the interval when No 8 Ashley Russell scored from a pushover, Mackay converting again.

Amongst all this, with the visitors’ line-out doing well, the hosts had to carry out their share of defending and centres Sam Smee and Sylvan Edwards, together with flanker Paul Morrissey were prominent.

But the hosts never took their foot off the accelerator and prop Phil Hobbs, who had an outstanding match, put his team out of sight with his third try of the season following several drives.

Mackay’s fifth conversion took the score to 35-0, but the visitors’ defence was on full alert until the 64th minute when full-back Chris Young was on hand to touch down Weston’s sixth try.

Weston: C Young, H Jones, S Smee, S Edwards (L Blizzard 57), P Sprague, J Mackay, R Bennett, D Swann (S Donegan h/t), D Burge (c), P Hobbs, H Somers, A Glen (D Swann 72), S Eaton (K Hobbs 51), P Morrissey, A Russell.

This was another good performance by Weston against what has been their bogey team for many seasons.

Their scrummage produced its very best to make the Patesians task almost impossible, but they conceded no fewer than 15 penalties, a high figure considering that they were on the front foot for most of the match.

There are no matches this weekend which will give Edwards and Andrew Glen time to recover from hamstring strains before they travel to Chippenham on March 2.

Their next home match will be against Oxford Harlequins on the 9th and supporters are reminded that the kick-off for the remainder of the season will be at 3pm.

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