Weston-super-Mare take maximum points against Chippenham after Simmons misses last kick
Weston-super-Mare remain second in the National Three South West table after they took maximum points in a 32-29 win against Chippenham, who missed a late penalty which would have earned them a draw.
Prop Dave Swann was making his 100th first team appearance for the Seasiders but he had to leave the field after just six minutes with a knee injury. He returned at half time only to be sent to the sin-bin just before the final whistle.
Weston produced some good running rugby with excellent passing during the first half to lead 29-17 at the break. Hooker Dave Burge crossed for the first try followed by flanker Grady Wright with fly-half James Mackay converting both.
Mackay then added a penalty before Chippenham came back as wing Ryan Surry went over after taking the switch pass from Chris Simmons who then added the extras.
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Weston opted to take a scrum when they were awarded a penalty and Chippenham were pushed back over their own line for the Seasiders skipper Gavin Simpson to touch down. Mackay converted.
Christian Novik grabbed a try for Chippenham and Simmons added the extras.
Weston then crossed for a try-scoring bonus point as lock Ash Russell took the lineout ball and from the drive Burge went over for his second try. But Chippenham came back with a Simmons penalty on the stroke of half time.
Chippenham reduced the arrears further as Ryan Surry scored a try after a 60 metre break. Simmons converted.
Mackay then added another penalty and with the game going in to the final quarter, Chippenham replacement John Boddington scored in the corner. But the visitors then had prop Luke Corbett yellow carded follow five minutes by scrum half Lewis Surry.
Chippenham were awarded a penalty and Swann was carded, but Simmons was off target with his kick.