Monday 08-10-2018 - 10:30
Weston College 2’s 2 vs SGS 3’s 5
Weston College Mens 2’s team can take pride in their performance, despite the score line in their fixture at home to SGS. The football played from a team made up of almost all first years was at times sublime and a credit to the college.
Weston started the game well however soon found themselves two goals down in quick succession as SGS’s penalised sloppy defensive mistakes, firstly from open play, and secondly from a set-piece. Weston seemed galvanised after the second was conceded and started to play the better football and take control of the game. The pressure soon told and Weston were able to split open the SGS defence with an excellent attack which started with Rickards driving at the defence, followed by Wilcox who cut the ball back into the area for the onrushing Williams to find the back of the net.
The second half started the same as the end of the first with wave after wave of Weston attacks. Early in the second half Weston got their deserved equaliser through another stunning team goal, with Wilcox on hand to stab home from close range. Weston were now gunning for the victory, and another attack led to a three on one opportunity, however Wilcox’s pass was well-read by the defender and SGS were able to counter, resulting in a sucker punch goal. With Weston understandably disappointed and attempting to amend the result, SGS were able to score another two before the final whistle, the first a well-placed finish past the helpless Mcgreevy and the second a penalty after Frost had brought down his man in the box.
Man of the Match went to the superb Sneddon-Coombes who was a constant threat down the right hand side whilst not neglecting his defensive duties.
AOC Elite League 1st Round vs Exeter College
Weston College 1st XV travelled to Exeter College on Wednesday afternoon to take on rivals and neighbours Exeter College to compete in the first round of the league. After a very strong performance against Downside school the previous week the squad deserved to be full of belief for this traditional fixture.
Exeter started strongly and took an early lead with two quick tries however Weston were fighting hard to keep up with the physicality of the Exeter forward pack who would prove to be a formidable force as the match went on. Westons plan was clear as they sort to move the ball wide and fast to go around the Exeter defence. However opportunities were limited and a lack of gain line through the middle decreased further opportunities for the visitors to exert their attacking play.
The first half was a fair reflection of the scoreboard at 12-0 however Weston would have much to look forward to with a slight breeze behind them and a strong kicking game to engage.
The home team had other ideas however and started strongly, immediately scoring in the left hand corner. This seemed to spring Weston into life and through some good territorial kicking by Charlie Fairhurst the Weston pack took some control. From a driving maul Harrison Lyon injected himself into the backline and went over for Westons first try of the day.
Unfortunately this was the last time Weston would feature in the match and it was all Exeter college from there on. Numerous missed tackles and injuries prevented the away team from having any further influence on the game.
This was an incredibly disappointing second half and there will need to be some honest reflections made before Westons next match away to Cokethorpe in the national plate next Wednesday.
Weston College VS Yeovil College
Weston had the upper hand before the game kicked off as we had a full squad of 13 compared to Yeovil’s 10. In the name of sportsmanship Weston matched Yeovil’s 10 on the pitch and the game got underway.
Within the first few minutes it was clear that Weston would dominate it was just a case of by how many. Amy Coles opened up the score sheet with a long rage effort hitting the back of the net after just ten minutes. Coles Doubled her tally quickly after with an impressive solo goal.
Weston third goal came courtesy of Captain Courtney Raynard who blasted a shot from the left which finished perfectly in the top right of goal leaving Yeovil’s keeper no chance.
Katie Sharkey scored her First Weston College goal on her debut to make it 4.0, Katie then went on to bag 5 more goals proving she will be an important threat upfront this season.
A lot of Weston attacking play came from Erin Popham on the right hand side, her forward runs with Tia Craig proved too much for Yeovil and both were unlucky not to score.
At the 30 minute mark Weston had a change in personal upfront with Coles making way for Pow. This was a new experience for Sophie, she is usually found at the other end of the pitch protecting our goal, but this didn’t seem to faze her at all as she finished the game with a hat trick.
Shortly after the half time restart Yeovil unfortunately suffered an injury and with no substitutions were forced to play with 9. Weston matched their 9 by resting Gabby Massey who did well to come back from injury and perform as solidly as she did.
The second half was much of the same for Weston with great link up play between units providing more goals for the likes of Desni Darch and Pheobe Payton.
Player of the match: Desni Darch
Weston college Debuts: Erin Popham, Sammy Aindow, Bridget Love, Katie Sharkey, Lauren Small.