Weston leave it late against Wells
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Weston Under-11s left it late to defeat Wells, scoring two tries in the final third of the match.
WESTON Under-11s took on a Wells side in a great advertisement for mini rugby.
Lending Wells Bradley Robinson and Edward Land, Weston conceded a man advantage to Wells. Weston’s front five of Tom Burge, Matthew James, Charlie Harding, Jamie Meaden and Alfie Calcutt competed well against a larger Wells pack. Ruby Richardson impressed at scrum-half and Weston showed some greatly improved handling along the back line of Dylan Way, Ciaran Kelman, Isaac Bliss and Lottie Dadds.
An aggressive run by Edward Land and pass to Bradley Robinson was perfect, who in turn passed to a Wells player to score. Weston might have scored after great mauling, but Tom Burge had the ball stolen as he looked certain to ground it.
The game moved into the final third, Edward re-joined his team mates, the extra man made the difference. First Alfie stole the ball in a tackle and outpaced the defence to score and James set up Burge to power his way through a couple of tackles to thump the ball down.
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The coaches’ best player was Ruby Richardson and special mention to Edward Land.
The Under-14s welcome an unbeaten St Brendans to The Rec for what turned out to be an entertaining game of rugby.
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The Weston pack soon set up Eddie Davies for an early try, successfully converted by Archie Tilsley. However, SBs were quick to respond with a try of their own. Two more tries followed from Davies after good work by Jake Middleton, Kieran Hyde and Liam Neale.
Missed tackles and strong running from a well-drilled SBs side saw them respond with two tries, but Cosmin Bilciurescu crossed the whitewash for a half time score of 24-15 to Weston.
After the break, St Brendans hit back with two tries to take the lead at 27-24, but Weston replied with a try by Sam Kerrigan, converted by Tilsley to make it 31-27.
The Under-12s visited Wells to take on a three-way fixture against Wells and two teams from Winscombe.
In the first game, Weston were beaten by a strong Winscombe side by four tries with no reply. Weston played better in the second half of the game, but despite strong drives by Euan Braidwood and Dan Meaden, Weston could not find a way through.
Several good runs from Kyron Pearce and Jack Press resulted in nothing with the latter unlucky not to score as he was held up on the line.
The second game against an equally strong Wells side resulted in an identical score line. Wells dominated the first-half, but with Weston’s confidence growing they kept their hosts at bay for the second half with good forward play from Marshall Hobbs, Billy Howells and a couple of good kicks to touch from Jack Press.
In the third game, Weston played another Winscome side. Good kicking by Kyron Pearce and Lewis Paterson was starting to have an effect and before long both scored good tries assisted by Hayden Main.
With their performance improving with every minute, Weston held on comfortably for their first win. Man of the match went to Lewis Paterson and there were good debuts from Tom Biggs, Ryan Jones and George Steele.
The Under-13s welcomed Gordano to The Rec. Weston were soon in the lead when Rhys Matthews burst from the back of the scrum to go over the try line, converted by Joe Harper.
Reece White added another soon after and again Harper converted and Weston were 14-0 up before Gordano replied. Good work by backs Dan, Will and Connor promised more, but were stopped inches short by a determined defence, until Harry scored his first for the team.
The second half was a more even contest, with tries from Weston captain Max Seymour-Shove and another from Gordano seeing the game end at 26-14 to Weston.
Weston fielded two Under-7 teams for their first game of the season, a trip to Wells.
For the red team, Mark Gowland ran well with the ball, while Finlay Simpson gave a sparkling exhibition of tagging.
Tommy Crane produced a display of zipping runs and full-out defence, while Ollie Dadds was exceptional in his support work. But it was Joshua Weall who was the undoubted leader on the day, consistently taking the game to the opposition in both attack and defence, helping the team to a 15-11 victory.
Meanwhile, the blue team fielded two players making their debut for Weston. Roo Beckett showed great determination, while Eddie Flavin proved to be tigerish in defence.
Jack Hobbs built on the progress he made last season and contributed three tries to the pot. Leon Beard was the undoubted star, putting in a firecracker display in both attack and defence and scoring nine tries. However, this was not enough to overcome the stronger Wells side and Weston were defeated 12-19
The Under-8s travelled to Wells and played two games, coming away with a share of the spoils.
In the first match, the team were narrowly defeated 7-8 despite valiant defensive displays from Billy Charlton and Harry Collard.
Debutant Tom Collier was exceptional in defence and Aaron Cocking demonstrated his spins and turns to deceive the opponents and open up opportunities for his team-mates, while Ben Donachie continued his progress at the heart of the team.
In the second game, Weston took control, in part due to the strong tagging of Harry Collard and again Billy Charlton. Ben Donachie and Aaron Cocking contributed tries but the scoring was dominated by Tom Collard. However, it was Sam Bishop who capped an excellent debut with a try to seal the victory 10-4.
The Under-10s started their season with two games away to Wells. Weston started on the back foot in the first game as Wells notched up two quick tries.
Strong running from George, Jayden and Tom soon opened gaps in the Wells defence and Tom levelled the scoreline. Wells came back to take the lead again, but Weston fought back with good play by Jude and Olly.
Wells came out fighting in the second half and soon took the lead again with a well-worked try. Weston hit back through Robbie with a good drive to the line, but Wells finished the game on top with two more tries to win 6-3.
The second game was much closer and it wasn’t long before Weston got on the score sheet trough Jayden, while Robbie then added a second. Wells were proving to top class opponents and soon came back in the game.
Weston kept plugging away and some great work from Sam Crook set up man of the match Olly for a great try. Wells hit back and with the last play of the game, Tyreece flew over the line for a superb individual try to make the final score 5-5.
Special mention must go to George, Harvey and Tyreece who played fantastically well on there debuts.
HORNETS Under-8s, with 21 players, made the short journey up the M5 to Old Bristolians.
Split into three squads, all the players got a game with made contributions in attack or defence.
The Under-8s are home to Winscombe on Sunday, all children in Year 3 welcome. Go to http://bit.ly/HornetsU8 for more details
Hornets Under-8s squad.
The Under-9s main squad was split into two teams and the new starters had their own breaking-in game which displayed lots of enthusiasm and provided some great building blocks for the future.
In the first game, Hornets won 4-0 and displayed some great tacking and teamwork. Team: Willow, Max, Adam, Mason, Ollie, Finn, Harvey
The second game was slightly closer with a comeback by Old Bristolians, but Hornets won 5-2.
Old Bristolians won game three 5-0, with some good determination shown by Hornets. Team: Harry, Cam, Dan, Lucas, Owen, William, Luke.
In the fourth match, Hornets burnt themselves out in the first game and this showed in the 9-0 scoreline. The last match was won 5-2 by Old Bristolians, but Hornets came out fighting.