Weston finish strongly to overcome Coney Hill

Kirk Middlemiss.

Kirk Middlemiss. - Credit: Archant

Weston scored 31 points in the final half-hour to overcome a hard working Coney Hill side.

WESTON 42 pts


WITH 30 minutes remaining at the Recreation Ground, Weston were trailing 11-12 to a businesslike Coney Hill, but during that final half-hour they scored 31 points to secure their second successive victory.

The Seasiders had started well with full-back Ross Bennett’s try after just 40 seconds, but by the break they were in more than a little difficulty, Glen Dickson having kicked two penalties, but the visitors replying with centre Max Whelan’s four from four.

Early in the second half, Weston’s backs started to mis-fire, four handling errors costing them clear cut scoring chances.

But in the 50th minute they started to pull themselves together. Bennett’s successful chase down the left resulted in wing Chris Young’s try on the right to give them the advantage which they were never to lose.

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Their next score arrived in the 63rd minute when they attacked from a scrum inside their own 22, centre Harry Jones’ break giving Young his second try.

Dickson converted, and two minutes later Jones was the scorer of the bonus point try following Bennett’s break and thrusts by Richard Bignell and Andrew Glen.

Another break by Jones provided a try for Dickson who added the goal points, and the fly-half kicked his third conversion when Ashley Russell touched down in the 75th minute for Weston’s sixth try.

The first 50 minutes of this match was not a good time for Weston. Errors of judgement and poor handling abounded, but importantly, the defending of the whole team was well up to scratch, enabling them to keep their line intact.

Skipper George Sparks made an outstanding all-round contribution as did Russell, after emerging from the bench in the 11th minute to replace Shaun Eaton who required six stitches in a head wound.

During that final half-hour, the centre partnership of Jones and Kirk Middlemiss looked more than promising and their good work will need to continue at Bideford on Saturday.

Weston: R Bennett, C Young, K Middlemiss, H Jones, M Burns, G Dickson, H Tuttiett, S Coles, R Ford, O Streeter, A Glen, B Webb, S Eaton, R Bignell, G Sparks (c). Replacements used: P Hobbs, A Russell, G Chapman.

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