Weston’s disappointing season ends with relegation

Exmouth took on Weston at the Imperial Ground on Saturday. Ref exsp 3530-17-15SH. Picture: Simon Hor

Exmouth took on Weston at the Imperial Ground on Saturday. Ref exsp 3530-17-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn - Credit: Archant

Weston’s disappointing season ended with defeat at Exmouth and relegation from the National League.

Exmouth 31 pts

Weston 14 pts

Weston’s disappointing season ended as it had started, with a loss against second-placed Exmouth, but on this occasion the score flattered the home side greatly.

The visitors faced the elements and immediately found it difficult to get out of their own half. The home side camped on the Weston line, but a yellow card for Sparks after 10 minutes made things difficult and after 15 minutes of committed defence, Exmouth finally managed an untidy try.

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The kick was missed by Meadows in the difficult conditions, but the same player scored following further protracted pressure on the visitors’ line, this time close enough to convert for a 12-0 lead after 23 minutes.

Weston finally managed to progress towards enemy territory, but a huge speculative kick ahead was misfielded by a Weston defender and winger Bright was allowed to pick up for an easy score from five yards.

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Weston reformed to batter the home line, but as happened on many occasions, the superiority of the visiting forwards was negated by gratuitous penalties which flowed from the referees’ whistle, relieving the situation and frustrating the visitors. There was no further scoring before halftime with the home side 17-0 to the good.

Weston lost influential fly-half Glenn Dickson to injury at half-time, but nevertheless did what Exmouth had done in the first-half and camped on the opposition line, to no avail as their forwards were frequently thwarted by the whistle.

Exmouth profited again to break out and score a good long distance try for a convincing 24-0 lead after 57 minutes.

Weston finally opened their account when protracted forward pressure gave scrum-half Hayden Tuttiett the opportunity to snipe over by the posts for Young to convert, but the home side restored the margin with a score from a back row forward on a rare visit to Weston territory.

The visitors had the last word when Sylvan Edwards ran through the Exmouth backs for a consolation try under the posts, Exmouth having finally and belatedly had a man yellow carded with three minutes remaining. Young converted.

Weston: Bennett, Caton (McCarthy), Young, Edwards, Watkins, Dickson, Tuttiett, Streeter, Hocking, Coles (Crompton), Glen, (Eaton), Russell, Gleason, Cox, Sparks.

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