Weston romp to second half victory

Winscombe Under-11s.

Winscombe Under-11s. - Credit: Archant

Seven second half tries by Weston Under-12s secured victory against Nailsea & Backwell.

WESTON Under-12s took an early lead against Nailsea & Backwell after a good scrum and break saw Joe Harper over the try line.

This was followed quickly with another after the restart and determined work by Camerson Sutherland-Reay saw Harrison Land put Weston 15 points ahead. Weston were caught at the restart and Nailsea scored a try.

A forwards battled followed with Weston stopped short of the line more than once and at half-time, the score was 15-5.

The second half saw Weston gel as a team and the work soon paid off with Max Seymour-Shove scoring. Then Mateo Turvey sprinted the length of the pitch to score a fantastic try. Good passing led to Max dive over the line for another five points.

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More tries followed for Reece White (2), another for Harper, finishing off with Jack Bishop going over the line. Final score 65-5 to Weston.

The Under-7s and 8s travelled to Clevedon and were involved in some competitive tagging.

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The Under-7s played a number of games wining one, drawing one and losing one. Nearly all of the players scored with Ben, Harry, Aaron, Tom, Sam Billy and Finlay leading the way, backed up by brilliant tagging by Oliver, Taryn, Jack and Cory.

The Under-8s drew their first game, but powered over a number of tries to win the second. A number of tries by William and George clinched the victory, again ably supported by tries and tagging by George, Jacob, Barooz, Ben, William, Cameron and Lewis.

The Under-10s were hoping to avenge a narrow defeat at the hands of neighbours Cheddar but alas, it was not to be.

Despite conceding the first try, Weston hit back and played some great team rugby and scored first-half tries through Charlie Harding and Matthew James (2). Good tackling from Cheddar kept a rampant Weston at bay and the result was in the balance at half-time, the scores all square.

Unfortunately, Weston could not maintain their first-half intensity. Dylan Way added a try for Weston before a strong Cheddar team pulled away and eventually won the contest by seven tries to four.

The Under-9s travelled to Clevedon for their first game since the Christmas break.

Weston started off well with some good running from Huw, Jayden, Riley and Jude and soon found them selves on the scoresheet with a well-worked try coming from their own half for Danny to get the touchdown.

Soon after, Tom came close with a searching run only to be tackled into touch a metre from the try line. Clevedon came back with some good work and levelled the scores.

It took all of Weston’s determination to see out this exciting game, some great tackling from Crook, Sam and Robbie managed to keep Clevedon at bay to the final whistle.

HORNETS Under-12s match against Taunton went ahead on a pitch deep with mud and with patches of standing water.

Despite the conditions, both sides produced some good rugby in torrid conditions. The ball was recycled quickly to both sets of backs who made good use of the slippery ball.

The planned four quarters was reduced to three as the pitch became almost unplayable and both sides began to resemble each other, but by the time the final whistle went, the score of three tries apiece was a fair reflection of the contest.

Try scorers were Oscar, Ethan and Nathan and there were particularly good performances by Aiden and Owen.

The Under-11s hosted Taunton and had to use a Hutton Moor football pitch, as Hornets’ pitch was under water.

Hornets started the first game well with solid tackles being put in by Tim Morris, Lawrence Pilgrim and Millie Bamfield. Lloyd Chudley also held a Taunton player up on the touchline to prevent a try and it was quite even at half-time.

Taunton upped their game after the break and scored three quick tries, not helped by some missed tackles, going on to win 4-0.

The second game, despite the final score, was much closer. This time, big tackles were put in by Keelan Hodges-Swales, Sam Hughes and Harry McFarling. Alex Leeks kicked well and Hornets had better runs second time around.

Despite their best efforts, Hornets did not score and the extra pace of the Taunton backs resulted in a second 4-0 win.

The Under-14s took the short journey to Burnham and drew a hard-fought game 10-10.

Jack Mohide was again in charge at the line-out and typical runs by Paddy Holyday and Bryn Solomon, aided by Alex Francis and Liam Fitzpatrick, meant Hornets worked their way into Burnham territory.

A perfect line-out by Thomas Cocking and gather by Mohide and the ball was supplied to Keane Williams. A break by Freddie Dolcezza, supported by Spencer Coe and Jordan Humphris, who set up Holyday for the first try.

Great defensive tackling, especially by Blake Williams, could not stop Burnham scoring before half-time.

The second half saw Burnham pressing hard and only strong defence by Hornets kept them out. The visitors inched their way upfield and got to within five metres of Burnham’s line. A scrum heeled by Cocking saw Holyday and Solomon go over for a great try.

With only a few minutes to hold onto their lead, Hornets were put under huge pressure by Burnham, but right on full time, Hornets could nott hold out any longer and Burnham managed to equalise.

The Under-13s entertained Nailsea & Backwell, having lost heavily earlier in the season to them.

Hornets got off to a flying start with Jake Middleton scoring under the posts, converted by Dan Odea. Soon after, man of the match Nick Hitchens added another, again converted by Odea.

Great forward play and quick passing through the backs led to Middleton going over to complete his hat-trick. To the visitors credit, they mounted a fightback with two late first-half tries to make it 24-14 at the break.

Nailsea started the second half strongly and it didn’t take them long to reduce Hornets lead to five points as they scored an early try. Hornets regrouped and reasserted themselves with captain Tyler Haynes scoring under the posts, with Odea converting.

Middleton soon followed with his fourth try of the day. The visitors replied with a try before Hitchens scored his second and final points of the game, giving Hornets a well-deserved 41-24 victory.

WINSCOMBE Under-11s travelled to Weston to participate in a local derby.

To enable all players to get game time, it was agreed to play one match that consisted of four, 10 minute quarters. The first two quarters saw Winscombe dominate play with excellent rucking and mauls from the forwards.

The Winscombe pack managed to win the majority of the scrums with tries in the first and second quarter coming from this source. The first came from scrum-half Ru, converted by Will.

The second try saw the ball passing through the hands of the Winscombe backs, until it found its way to Sam Oxley, who duly touched down. Sam’s brother Joe made no mistake with the conversion.

The third quarter started off in the same way as the previous ones and once again Winscombe gained the upper hand from a scrum just over the halfway. Spotting a huge gap in the Weston defence, Ru executed a classic dummy pass and sprinted for the line, converted by Will. Weston replied with a converted try soon after the restart.

With the start of the fourth quarter and just 10 minutes remaining, Winscombe were unlucky when George nearly made it to the try line, but was bundled into touch.

From the line-out, Weston made a huge clearance kick which was actively chased. In the panic to send the ball back upfield, the kick was charged down and picked up by Weston to score their second try.

Winscombe went on to score a further two tries through the efforts of Lewis and Aaron, both tries were converted by Joe. Prior to the final whistle, Weston scored the final try and conversion to make it 35-19 to Winscombe.

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