Sparks' brace not enough to see Weston to victory
By Pete Sloman
Match report courtesy of Bob Hedges
BACK in October, Centralians were swept aside by 67 points to eight at the Recreation Ground, but it was a completely different story last Saturday when a poor defensive performance sent them to their seventh successive league defeat.
Centralians’ Painswick Road ground was unfit, resulting in the match being transferred to the artificial pitch at Hartpury College.
The Seasiders’ defence was breached twice during the opening quarter for 12-0 before persistent pressure was rewarded with a try by George Sparks.
James Mackay converted but by the break, Centralians were 26-7 ahead from a further brace of converted tries.
Although the Seasiders were now playing with the wind advantage, they conceded another seven points just two minutes into the second half.
But the visitors fought back again with the outstanding Sparks’ second try, converted by Mackay who also added the extras to a try by Andrew Glen from a driven line-out.
Weston are now in ninth position in National 3 South West and they will need to record a victory over the ever-improving Chippenham at the Recreation Ground on Saturday (2.30pm).
Weston: K Middlemiss, T Bellak, S Smee, S Edwards, M Watkins, J Mackay, R Bennett, D Swann (c), C Withers, D Price, A Glen, D Bufton, A Russell, P Morrissey, G Sparks. Replacements used: S Donegan, S Fisher, R Mackay.