Weston outplayed in relegation battle
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Weston came off second best in a relegation battle against Old Patesians.
WESTON 12 pts
OLD PATESIANS 20 pts
WESTON fell to their 15th defeat of the season when they were outscored by three tries to one at the Recreation Ground.
In another match against a club also fighting a relegation battle, the Seasiders were completely outplayed by the visitors’ back division.
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Up front, Weston’s pack won a fair share of possession including the theft of three line-outs by lock Ewan Bulger inside his own 22.
But the back division was not up to the task, despite the efforts of former Cornish Pirates’ No 10 Ollie Snook, who scored all of his team’s points with four penalties from six attempts.
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Weston were ahead in the second minute with the first of Snook’s penalties, but the Old Boys soon replied with win Dan Burrows’ corner try. Snook’s second penalty followed four minutes later, but flanker Tom Langton’s try took the visitors ahead.
However, Darran Crompton’s pack applied maximum pressure and although Snook’s penalty attempt was wide, he made amends with a similar score three minutes later to take the interval score to 9-10.
Snook’s fourth penalty arrived in the 11th minute of the second half following several powerful drives, but the Pats responded straight away when full-back George Hughes converted his own try for 12-17.
Weston were now in bonus point territory at best and there was a thrust by wing Ethan Maloney and a try-saving tackle by Harry Jones.
But despite the efforts of Bulger, the Seasiders remained penned in their own 22 and Hughes finished things off with a straight penalty with five minutes of normal time remaining.
Weston: C Young, E Maloney, H Jones, S Edwards, M Watkins, O Snooker, H Tuttiett, S Coles, J Pullin, D Crompton (c), A Glen, E Bulger, B Cox, S Eaton, C Gleeson. Replacements: D Price, J Andrews, M Chisholm.
AFTER the match, two Weston players, Shaun Eaton and Harry Jones were presented with their club blazer badges on completion of their 65the first team appearances.
Paulton-born Eaton, aged 27, was educated at Wells Blue School, starting his club career in Wells RFC’s Under-12 team before joining the Seasiders in the 2010 season. He has scored nine tries.
Jones, aged 22, was born in Weston and attended the Downs School, Wraxall and Hartpury College. He played for Somerset School at 16 group level and his club career started at Hornets RFC from under-7 to 11, before transferring to Weston. He has scored 23 tries.
The presentations were made by club chairman Tony Russell.