Athletic (Development Squad) - Match centre

Weston-s-Mare III
Cheddar Valley
Full time
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A Tilsley
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A Tilsley
Sat 25 Mar 14:30 - South West Division - Tribute Somerset 2 North

Story Of The Season As Weston Start Slow

14 Gifted Points Costly

Weston's Achilles heel struck again as a lethargic opening 25 minutes gifted Cheddar 14 points, and ultimately cost Weston victory. Having had a really physical encounter in the reverse fixture, Weston knew that today would be a real test that they would have to meet head on. However, it was Cheddar who came out of the tunnel in the mood for a rugby match whilst Weston enjoyed the sunshine. 5 minutes gone and Cheddar crossed after some poor tackling in the midfield. Conversion added 0-7. On 14 minutes Cheddar doubled their lead with a series of good drives couldn't be kept out. 0-14. Weston spent the next 10 minutes working really well to keep Cheddar out and they could well have added 2 or 3 more tries in this period. Having weathered the storm, Weston then got a good foothold in the game when Luke Grimes came on at prop. All of a sudden Weston were dominant at the set piece and this gave them much bettter field position. A few chances came along for the home side when they moved the ball wide, with Simon Owens making some great breaks. Poor handling let us down a little but with much more pressure being applied Weston were finally able to register points when Archie Tilsley cooly slotted a penalty with the last play to see the half time score 3-14. Second half and Weston with a strong breeze behind them and Cheddar now looking good with their pick and go. Once again Weston defended well and then looked to move the ball on the counter. Good defence by Cheddar keeping the home side out. Weston looked to turn the screw and then a 10 minute period of pressure began on the Cheddar 5m line. A series of scrum, penalty, scrum plays as Weston looked to drive over and Cheddar looked to hold out. Sam Light was denied a perfectly good try when a 3rd penalty was conceded by Cheddar and play was bought back. Scrum please, and after another penalty the ref went under the sticks to award a penalty try. Yellow card for Cheddar. Tilsley converted and game on at 10-14. 8 minutes to go but Weston buggered up the restart and knocked on and we're then frustrated as we had to go uncontested in the scrum. However a resulting penalty and a fine touch kick saw Weston back inside Cheddar's 22. Weston had a really good opportunity with the catch and drive but some excellent, if not ridiculously illegal, work from Cheddar's hooker saw the ball stripped and the visitors were able to clear. Weston had one more shot but Cheddar stood firm to take the victory. Weston can be really pleased with the second half effort but have to focus hard on producing an 80 minute display. Poor starts have cost so many points this season. Top marks today to Aaron Solomon, who played 2 games in 2 days, Sam Light who had a good second half and Kieran Shelley who tackled all day. Stefan Thomson looked good in the centre with some great distribution whilst Simon Owens looked really good with ball in hand. Man of the Match today was Luke Grimes who completely turned the set piece our way with an excellent scrummaging display. We're on the road for the last time this season on Saturday with a biggy at Old Reds. All to training please.

Key moments

5:00
Try Try for Cheddar Valley
6:00
Conversion Conversion for Cheddar Valley
14:00
Try Try for Cheddar Valley
15:00
Conversion Conversion for Cheddar Valley
39:00
Penalty Archie Tilsley kicks a penalty for Weston-s-Mare III
73:00
Conversion Archie Tilsley kicks a conversion for Weston-s-Mare III

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Luke Grimes is awarded player of the match for Weston-s-Mare III
73:00 Conversion 10 - 14
Archie Tilsley kicks a conversion for Weston-s-Mare III
72:00 Penalty Try
Penalty try awarded to Weston-s-Mare III
55:00 Missed Penalty
Archie Tilsley misses a penalty for Weston-s-Mare III
End of period 1
39:00 Penalty 3 - 14
Archie Tilsley kicks a penalty for Weston-s-Mare III
15:00 Conversion 0 - 14
Conversion for Cheddar Valley
14:00 Try 0 - 12
Try for Cheddar Valley
6:00 Conversion 0 - 7
Conversion for Cheddar Valley
5:00 Try 0 - 5
Try for Cheddar Valley
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Weston-s-Mare III
  • Cheddar Valley
  • 0
  • Try 5:00'
  • Conversion 6:00'
  • Try 14:00'
  • Conversion 15:00'
  • Archie Tilsley Penalty 39:00'
  • Penalty Try 72:00'
  • Archie Tilsley Conversion 73:00'
  • Luke Grimes Player of the Match 80:00'

Team selection

McCarthy, Mike McCarthy, Mike
Fondu, Benbobson Fondu, Benbobson
Thomson, Stefan Thomson, Stefan
Armstrong, Loz Armstrong, Loz
Owens, Simon Owens, Simon
Tilsley, Archie Tilsley, Archie
Grimes, PJ Grimes, PJ
Hudson, Simon Hudson, Simon
Shelley, Kieran Shelley, Kieran
Blackborrow , Rob Blackborrow , Rob
Light, Sam Light, Sam
Wills, DJ Wills, DJ
Tollan, Rob Tollan, Rob
Disney, James Disney, James
Solomon, Aaron Solomon, Aaron

League round up

League table

# Team Pl Pts
6. Oldfield Old Boys II 26 77
7. Walcot II 25 69
8. Weston-s-Mare III 26 67
9. Gordano II 26 54
10. Whitehall II 26 46
11. Chew Valley III 26 41
12. Stothert & Pitt II 26 29

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