Weston pay the penalty for yellow card

Paul Morrissey. Photo by Andrew Collins.

Paul Morrissey. Photo by Andrew Collins. - Credit: Archant

Weston were beaten at Redingensians when the home side scored two tries while Weston were reduced to 14 men.


WESTON 21 pts

WESTON played well in the first and in the final quarter at Sonning, but in the middle of the match, the hosts were at their best to leave the Seasiders with a single losing bonus point.

The damage occurred between the 24th and 31st minutes of the second half while lock Dave Bufton was in the sin bin. A brace of tries were conceded during this time which took the Rams to 25-14 and despite Bufton’s late score, the hosts held on to their narrow lead.

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Earlier, Weston had taken a 17th minute advantage. Ashley Russell’s clean catch at a line-out was followed by a 40-metre drive and Paul Morrissey’s try scoring delivery to Dan Lomax was adjudged forward.

But scrum-half Lomax made no mistake moments later with his first senior try which Harvey Skelton converted.

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Redingensians replied with fly-half Nigel Gumbleton’s try and they took the lead when they were awarded a controversial penalty try which was converted by James Brook for an interval score of 12-7.

Early in the second half Brooks extended the hosts’ advantage with a penalty, but Weston were immediately back in the match when the outstanding Morrissey’s tap penalty provided a try for Skelton which he converted himself.

Tom Bellak, operating at full-back, then produced a counter attack which the hosts had difficulty in smothering. There was also a splendid burst by wing Matthew Watkins, but then came Bufton’s yellow card, followed by unconverted tries by Ollie Poole and AJ Hopkins which took the score to 25-14.

But Bufton’s return signalled another Weston assault which saw replacement wing Matthew Burns go close. But then came another type of assault.

A dreadful foul tackle on Skelton by home skipper Owen Root ended the Weston fly-half’s match but incredibly, Somerset Society referee Chris Newton issued no punishment.

But the Seasiders kept going until the end and they were rewarded in the sixth minute of time added when Bufton’s try and Lomax’s conversion gave them that well-earned bonus point.

Weston: T Bellak, H Jones, S Smee, S Edwards, M Watkins, H Skelton, D Lomax, D Price, C Withers, D Swann (c), A Glen, D Bufton, S Fisher, P Morrissey, A Russell. Replacements used: P Hobbs, C Webber, M Burns.

WESTON are on the road again on Saturday when they travel to Worcester Wanderers, while the United, who occupy third place in the Somerset Premier League, host St Bernadette’s Old Boys (2.30pm).

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