Weston undefeated at Bridgwater

Weston Under-7s travelled to Bridgwater for their first match of the season and played brilliantly and came away undefeated.

WESTON Under-7s travelled to Bridgwater for their first match of the season and in muddy and wet conditions the two teams played brilliantly and came away undefeated.

One team secured a well-deserved draw, early scores by Ben, Aaron, Billy and Sam made sure of an even match. After the break, further tries by Tommy, George and Finlay, with superb support by Cory and William meant an 8-8 scoreline.

The second side fared even better, with brothers Joshua and George leading the line wonderfully. Great tagging from Ollie and Hayden helped keep the opposition at bay, while strong runs from Ben and Jacob provided great opportunities for supporting players.

All six of the side scored at least one try and the side ran out 10-8 winners.

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The Under-10s defeated Bridgwater 25-0 thanks to an excellent team effort. Alfie Calcutt opened the scoring with a typically aggressive run. The second try came when almost every player exchanged the ball in rolling a maul half the length of the pitch for Tom Burge to score.

The second half, Ryan Bradfield, in only his second game, was hard to stop. The trio of Lottie Dadds, Ruby Richardson and Paige Nigh had great games. Calcutt led the tackle count and Dylan Way led his back line and tackled well.

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Matthew James showed great awareness to go to ground as he neared the try line and slide over to make it three. Joel Briffitt scored the fourth and Matthew James finished the game off with a fifth try.

Man of the match was Joel Briffitt.

The Under-11s were short on players in the first half and borrowed a North Petherton player. Hayden Main scored the first of his six tries early on, but North Petherton came back to level.

Outstanding running by Kieron Pearce gave him two tries and he kicked three conversions. Excellent tackling by Marshall Hobbs and Lewis Paterson soon put Weston in front.

In the second half, Weston played with eight players, while North Petherton played with nine. A line-out catch by Billy Howells saw Paterson score another try for Weston.

The Seasiders continued to entertain with a great try from Joe Connolly. Main received an excellent ball from the scrum and offloaded to Paterson who scored. Great running and tackling Bailey ensured it finished 63-7 to Weston.

The Under-9s travelled to Bridgwater for their first game of the season, and their first game playing contact rugby.

They dominated from the start with Riley getting the first touch and passing out to Tom who nearly scored. Jayden made a good tackle on a Bridgwater player, Danny picked up the ball and passed out to Jayden to score.

Bridgwater replied with a score before good play by Rob, Jude and Dan set up Riley for the second try. Bridgwater scored again before good passing by Jude, Danny and Rob saw Riley put Weston 3-2 up at half-time.

Weston started strongly in the second half with Danny scoring immediately. Tom was tackled just short of the line, followed by good play by Sam, Ollie, Rob, James and Sam.

There were some super tackles made by Sam C, Danny and the best tackle of the game by Ollie who took a player almost twice his size into touch to prevent a Bridgwater try.

Danny crossed the line a further three times in the final five minutes, bringing the final score to 7-2 to Weston.

Player of the match went to Danny Bamsey.

The Under-8s hard work in training over the last few weeks paid off at Bridgwater. They tagged and passed the ball incredibly well and worked as a team under the captain of the day Jacob Simpson.

They played two games on a wet day and Weston got the breakthrough against the flow of play, which eventually gave them the edge.

There was some great tagging from Jacob Simpson, William Flavin, George Nuttycombe, Behrooz Foroughi and scores from William Flavin (2), George Edge(2), George Nuttycombe (4), Ben Crook and William Crane. The score finished 10-8 to Weston.

In the second game, the teams were again equal. Weston capitalised a number of times on loose balls and headed for the line with some superb passing and team play again giving them the edge to score.

There were scores from William Flavin (2), George Edge, Ben Crook, William Crane and Jacob Simpson as Weston won 6-3.

HORNETS Under-14s took the long journey to Yeovil and struggled with only 14 fit and available players against a strong Ivel side.

Ivel lent Hornets a winger, but the hosts scored two early tries. Hornets replied when Holyday typically picked up the ball and after a couple of hand-offs sped over the line for a great try. Ivel again came back at Hornets to score another before half-time.

The second half continued in much the same vein. Ivel’s ability to bring on fresh legs against a tiring Hornets team led to a few gaps for Ivel to break through. Final score was Ivel 52, Hornets 5.

The Under-13s entertained a strong and experienced Keynsham side. Things started badly as Keynsham scored an early try as Hornets struggled to cope with the pace and power of the Keynsham centres.

This was the pattern of the first half as Keynsham ran in five tries, converting four of these without reply for a 33-0 lead at half-time.

The second half began with more promise. Good tackling by Rhys Manning, Nick Hitchens and Sam Forster restricted the flowing moves of Keynsham, but were unable to stop the opposition scoring.

Hornets’ pressure forced Keynsham into conceding several penalties, with one of these resulting in man of the match Jake Middleton scoring under the posts. This was confidently converted by Thomas Budd, who played well throughout. Keynsham ran in one more second half try to leave the final score 43-7.

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MEMBERS of Winscombe Rugby Football Club have recently been celebrating a sponsorship deal from local heating oil supplier, Pace Fuelcare.

The deal will fund a new set of playing shirts for the club’s Under-17 squad. The �555 sponsorship money has allowed the club to purchase 20 new shirts, which will see the squad through five seasons.

Mike Williamson, chairman for the mini and jJunior section at Winscombe, said: “We are incredibly grateful to Pace Fuelcare for its recent sponsorship.

“With a reduction in the amount of team sports now played in schools, it is vital that local clubs, such as Winscombe, provide young people with a sporting outlet and an opportunity to play and learn about rugby.”

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