Weston keep their season alive with fine away win

George Sparks. Photo by Andrew Collins.

George Sparks. Photo by Andrew Collins. - Credit: Archant

Weston recorded their third consecutive victory to keep their hopes of escaping relegation alive.

Bracknell 27 pts

Weston 38 pts

WESTON continued their recent improved form with a third consecutive win, this time over third-placed Bracknell at Lily Hill Park.

Weston elected to play up the slope and into the wind, but with the team apparently still in the changing room, the home side scored after only two minutes from a standard backs movement, and again three minutes later when their scrum-half was allowed to run in untouched from 70 metres for a fine individual score. Fortunately neither try was converted, a malaise that was to cost the home team dearly.

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Weston gradually worked their way into the game and after 25 minutes, a concerted forward drive freed up good ball for the backs, and centre Ollie Snook went in on the overlap for a try, converted from the touchline by Glen Dickson.

The same player repeated the operation seven minutes later after Middlemiss had picked a fine line to break the defence for Dickson to once again convert and a 14-10 lead, which became 17-10 on the stroke of half-time with a Dickson penalty.

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Bracknell scored first two minutes after the resumption when Weston lost possession near the opponents’ line and a sweeping move resulted in a try for Owen, once again unconverted.

However, the visitors began to exert dominance over the home forwards, who had stood up unexpectedly well in the first-half, but now started to creak.

They mounted a concerted attack, this time keeping control of the ball for hooker Mike Hocking to sell the obligatory dummy and storm over from 10 metres for his first try for the club again converted by Dickson.

The forwards struck again 15 minutes later. Sam Fisher, son of Weston stalwart Andy Fisher, marked a fine debut in the front row, when he splintered the defence with a barnstorming run to put Sparks in for a simple try, once again converted for a 31-15 lead.

Bracknell responded with a try after 69 minutes to close the gap by five points, but five minutes later, excellent interplay between backs and forwards created the chance for Richard Webster to cross untouched. Inevitably, Dickson converted for a comfortable 38-22 lead.

True to form, Weston thought the match was over and allowed a last-minute, but thoroughly deserved consolation try from their scrum-half.

A vastly improved performance by all players against a side that had only lost once at home, as Weston seek to climb the table, albeit at the 11th hour.

On Saturday, they entertain top of the table Redingensians at the Recreation Ground. Please note kick-off is at 3pm.

Weston team: Bennett, Edwards (Webster), Middlemiss, Snook, Jones, Dickson, Tuttiett, Crompton, Hocking, Ford (Fisher), Russell, Eaton (Hamilton-Boulger), Gleason, Cox, Sparks.

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