1st XV - Match centre

Midsomer Norton
Weston-super-Mare
Full time
J Mackay, M Nel, B Kirk, h morgan, R Bennett, C Young
J Mackay (2), G Chapman
Sat 25 Mar 14:30 - South West Division - Tribute South West 1 West

Frustrating day for Weston

Seasiders struggle to find form against determined Norton

Weston retained their unbeaten record and secured another bonus point win but will have been disappointed by their stodgy performance and their failure to dominate a determined midsomer side who are bottom of the table.
On a bright and warm afternoon it was Midsomer who started the game with more energy and they pressed the Weston defence hard. Weston woke up after 10 minutes and made quick progress up the field. After several phases Weston had worked their way well into Midsomer territory when James Mackay found his path to the backs blocked and instead he made a neat break and scored a good individual try. The strong breeze prevented his conversion attempt.
Midsomer were not put off their stride by this and attacked determinedly. A penalty allowed them to win a line out near the Weston line and their bulky forwards drove relentlessly with their loose ad prop eventually on hand to force his way over for the equalising try.
Weston then had their best passage of play and for 20 minutes or so truly looked the part of league champions. The forward worked well and recycled ball well and the backs proved to fast and skilful for Midsomer. Morgan was put into space and scored a fine try. MacKay’s conversion attempt hit the upright. Almost from the restart Weston were putting pressure on again and this time it was Marcus Nel who finished a great move with a try near the posts. Mackay converted.
Within minutes Webb was very unlucky not to get on the end of a Mackay cross field kick and a scoring opportunity just went begging.
On 30 minutes Mackay created a small space and his neat pass to the impressive yopuing open side flanker Billy Kirk saw him sprint through and make a 55 metre dash to score under the posts. Mackay converted the bonus point try.
Weston continued to open up the Midsomer defence and Chris Young made a great break to score what he thought would be his birthday try but he was caught just short of the line. He offloaded neatly to Bennett in support and Mackay converted on the stroke of half time to give Weston a commanding 31-5 lead which earlier in the half had looked unlikely.
The second half was a disappointment dominated by reset scrums and scrappy play. Midsomer scored a try after 15 minutes which was a carbon copy of their first half effort and Weston wing Chris Young did get his celebratory try after 24 minutes when he finished the best bit of flowing play in the half and following a searing break by centre Nel.
Weston were deserved winners but will be their own sternest critics as this was a below par performance. They will however take pleasure from the performance of the players brought into the side in particular Callum Kingscott who stole a number of Midsomer line out balls, and Billy Kirk who tackled extremely well and scored his first try for the first team. They will also be looking to re-establish their dominant play as they seek to retain the unbeaten record this season with three league games and a cup final left to play.

Key moments

10:00
Try James Mackay scores for Weston-super-Mare
11:00
Conversion James Mackay kicks a conversion for Weston-super-Mare
20:00
Try Marcus Nel scores for Weston-super-Mare
21:00
Conversion James Mackay kicks a conversion for Weston-super-Mare
32:00
Try Billy Kirk scores for Weston-super-Mare
38:00
Try huw morgan scores for Weston-super-Mare
45:00
Try Ross Bennett scores for Weston-super-Mare
46:00
Conversion George Chapman kicks a conversion for Weston-super-Mare
55:00
Try Chris Young scores for Weston-super-Mare

Highlights

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60:00 Sub On
Will Hunt is substituted on for Weston-super-Mare
60:00 Sub Off
Toby Hill is substituted off for Weston-super-Mare
55:00 Try 0 - 36
Chris Young scores for Weston-super-Mare
55:00 Sub Off
Bryan Webb is substituted off for Weston-super-Mare
55:00 Sub On
Rich Bignell is substituted on for Weston-super-Mare
46:00 Conversion 0 - 31
George Chapman kicks a conversion for Weston-super-Mare
45:00 Try 0 - 29
Ross Bennett scores for Weston-super-Mare
40:00 Sub On
Ollie Trott is substituted on for Weston-super-Mare
40:00 Sub Off
James Mackay is substituted off for Weston-super-Mare
End of period 1
38:00 Try 0 - 24
huw morgan scores for Weston-super-Mare
32:00 Try 0 - 19
Billy Kirk scores for Weston-super-Mare
21:00 Conversion 0 - 14
James Mackay kicks a conversion for Weston-super-Mare
20:00 Try 0 - 12
Marcus Nel scores for Weston-super-Mare
11:00 Conversion 0 - 7
James Mackay kicks a conversion for Weston-super-Mare
10:00 Try 0 - 5
James Mackay scores for Weston-super-Mare
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Midsomer Norton
  • Weston-super-Mare
  • 0
  • James Mackay Try 10:00'
  • James Mackay Conversion 11:00'
  • Marcus Nel Try 20:00'
  • James Mackay Conversion 21:00'
  • Billy Kirk Try 32:00'
  • huw morgan Try 38:00'
  • Ollie Trott Sub On 40:00'
  • James Mackay Sub Off 40:00'
  • Ross Bennett Try 45:00'
  • George Chapman Conversion 46:00'
  • Chris Young Try 55:00'
  • Bryan Webb Sub Off 55:00'
  • Rich Bignell Sub On 55:00'
  • Toby Hill Sub Off 60:00'
  • Will Hunt Sub On 60:00'

Team selection

Chapman, George Chapman, George
Young, Chris Young, Chris
morgan, huw morgan, huw
Nel, Marcus Nel, Marcus
Godfrey, Adam Godfrey, Adam
Mackay, James Mackay, James
Bennett, Ross Bennett, Ross
Crossman, Tom Crossman, Tom
Kirk, Billy Kirk, Billy
Kingscott, Callum Kingscott, Callum
Webb, Bryan Webb, Bryan
Russell, Ash Russell, Ash
Hill, Toby Hill, Toby
Bird, David Bird, David
Coles, Sam Coles, Sam

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Weston-super-Mare 26 125
2. Clevedon 26 99
3. Drybrook 26 78
4. Matson 26 78
5. Newent 26 78
6. Thornbury 26 74
7. North Petherton 26 69

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