Youngsters star in Seasiders unexpected victory
WESTON 24 pts BOURNEMOUTH 16 pts - A PAIR of 19-year-olds played crucial parts in Weston s unexpected victory over high-flying Bournemouth at the Recreation Ground.
WESTON 24 ptsBOURNEMOUTH 16 ptsA PAIR of 19-year-olds played crucial parts in Weston's unexpected victory over high-flying Bournemouth at the Recreation Ground.Flawless second-half goal kicking by James Mackay kept the Seasiders' noses in front and a more important try by George Wright in the 56th minute gave them the vital advantage. Mackay's skills are well known and his efforts with the boot took him past 200 points for the season. Flanker Wright, whose name is not so familiar, started his rugby with Cheddar and joined Weston as a 14-year-old. Judging by this performance, he has a promising career ahead. He will certainly remember his first senior start.Bournemouth led in the fifth minute with Anthony Dunkerley's try, but Weston were soon level when Dan Fry's chasing speed earned him a similar score, following Ross Bennett's kick to the line.Mackay and Pope exchanged penalties, but, approaching the break, the visitors applied pressure and Wright began to enjoy himself with three successive tackles, the last of which halted Dunkerley as he was heading for the right corner.Honours were even at 8-all at the interval, but Weston started the second half strongly.Kirk Middlemiss and Mark Armstrong took play into Bournemouth's 22 where visitors' Dan Cawley was yellow carded. Mackay kicked the resultant penalty and then came Wright's effort. From a ruck on halfway, he intercepted a short pass by Sam Hardcastle and left defenders in his wake as he sprinted to the posts. Mackay's conversion took the score to 18-8 and although Pope's penalty reduced the arrears, Mackay replied in kind to bring up his double century.Scott Chislett jangled Weston's nerves with a try in the 71st minute, but Mackay had the final word. After his drop-goal attempt struck a post, he finished things off with his fourth penalty.Following their dismal performance against Barnstaple which coach David Healy described as "dire", Weston looked a completely different team.The efforts of Fry, Wright, Armstrong and Middlemiss ensured a tighter defence and the front row of David Price, skipper Burge and Neil Lavender stood up well to the heavier Bournemouth pack.With two matches left, the visit to Exmouth and the Somerset Cup final, the Seasiders can now hope to finish their season in fine style.Weston: C Crichton; K Middlemiss (J Reid 75), D Sanft, M Armstrong, P Sprague; J Mackay, R Bennett; D Price (J Gallagher 64), D Burge (capt), N Lavender, M Kempton (J Harris 37), A Russell, E Smith, G Wright, D Fry.AT their final home match of the season, Weston thanked their perimeter and programme advertisers for their invaluable support in these hard financial times.There was appreciation for Adele Tincknell and Julie Russell for their work on the sponsorship front and in the kitchen, together with scoreboard operator Oliver Ridge, and the Past Players Association for the manning of the gates.WESTON'S home matches on Good Friday and Easter Monday for the Development XV and the First XV against Somerset Under-20s and Taunton respectively have both been called off.