Weston defeat Old Reds to reach county cup final
- Credit: Archant
Weston reached the Somerset Cup final after coming from 11 points down to defeat Old Redcliffians at Gordano.
Old Reds 20 pts
Weston 23 pts
Weston reached the final of the Somerset Cup after this fantastic victory over higher league opposition at a blustery Gordano.
Winning the toss, Weston elected to play into the breeze and were up for the fight from the off. Centre Huw Morgan made several line breaks and the pack was more than a match for Reds in the scrum.
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However, the wind was definitely an advantage and Old Reds took the lead through two penalties by ex-Weston full-back Jack Skelton.
This did not dampen Weston’s enthusiasm and they hit back after inside centre Glenn Dickson made a clean break and was stopped just short of the line when the Reds infringed. Dickson calmly slotted the penalty and followed with another soon after.
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Weston had to defend and were adrift by seven points when right wing Henry Bird cut a fine line to score the first try of the evening. Skelton converted to put Reds 13-6 up at half-time.
Weston hit back straight from the restart through another Dickson penalty, but in the 52nd minute, Reds increased their lead through a penalty try, which was again converted by Skelton.
With Reds 11 points to the good, the game could have been lost, but what followed showed that Weston are made of sterner stuff these days. Weston’s pack began to dominate and after several collapsed scrums the referee had no alternative but to award them a penalty try, converted by Dickson.
Two minutes from normal time, replacement wing Troy Hannam scored magnificently in the corner to put Weston one point in the lead. Dickson converted from the touch line and Weston thought that was it.
However, a further 12 minutes was played and it was heroic backs to the wall defending for all of it. Weston’s line held firm to cue wild celebrations.
This was again a tremendous 15-man performance with the replacements also playing their part. The scrum was dominant and in the backs Morgan had a tremendous game along with Dickson.
The forwards were led superbly by captain and prop Sam Coles and with No 8 Paul Morrissey a thorn in Reds side all match.
Weston play either local rivals Hornets or North Petherton in the final.