Withy Under-14s get season off to a flying start with big win over Topsham

PUBLISHED: 18:47 13 September 2017

Honiton rugby action

Honiton rugby action

Archant

Withycombe Under-14s got their new season off to a superb start with a 41-5 victory over visiting Topsham Dark Blues.

It took the Withy youngsters just three minutes to make their mark in the contest!

They gathered the ball at the first opportunity and, a few rucks later, scrum half Charlie Passmore picked up from the base and sniped home from close range. Winger Harry Bennett slotted the conversion from wide out.

That set the tone for a confident Withy show; they looked after the ball well, cleaned out in the rucks and passed the ball crisply through the hands in the back line.

More sustained pressure in the Tops half ended with centre Alfie Gillard finding a gap to the line and Bennett duly slotted second successful conversion.

The pattern continued, the home side did not let Topsham settle, and soon afterwards the strong running Jude Baker-Hands, playing his first game for the club in the centre, powered through the defence, side-stepped his way beyond the last two defenders to score the third Withy try and, once more, Bennett added the extras.

From the resulting kick off, prop Joseph Tapp came onto the ball at pace, a clever pass back inside put Topsham under pressure. The ball was passed quickly along the back line, and quick feet by Baker-Hands saw him through a gap before he off-loaded to Bennett to score in the corner.

Topsham then began to apply pressure of their own. They cleverly kicked a penalty to the corner, and, after a period of sustained attacks they were awarded penalty after penalty. They pounded the line, but Withy stood firm. However, when a chance to clear was missed, Tops forced an error and they eventually powered over for a well deserved try.

The last 20 minutes saw Withy again take full control and, after a few near misses, they were awarded a five meter scrum,when full back Charlie skinner was alleged to have been held up over the line.

Number eight Jimmy Griffin cleverly picked up, drew his man, and sent the lively Max Wilkinson over in the corner. There was time for more! Withy gathered the ball from the re-start and, after a few phases of play, winger Max Richards capped a fine performance when he stepped around his man and won the race to the line.

The final Withy try was launched from within their own 22 meter line. Passmore got his hands on the ball and kicked ahead. He chased his own kick and was instrumental in winning the ball at the resulting breakdown.

Quick hands saw the ball passed along the line and Skinner got his well deserved try to complete the scoring.

This was a fine performance against strong opposition. Topsham never gave up and played their part in an entertaining game.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other East Devon 24 visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by East Devon 24 staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique East Devon 24 account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other Sport Stories

16 minutes ago

The Lacemen made a confident start and took an early lead courtesy of an Oli Cave penalty, following good approach play from the forwards.

Read more
18 minutes ago

A week after all three of the Honiton Town senior sides were victorious just one of the three was celebrating continued success on Saturday night.

Read more
19 minutes ago

Beer Albion secured a well-earned point in a 3-3 draw away at Newton St Cyres in a Macron Premier Division game last Saturday, writes Richard Honnor.

Read more
19 minutes ago

Otterton Reserves climbed to second place in the fledgling Macron League Division Eight table as they bagged a 3-2 home success over Sidmouth fourths.

Read more
12:43

Axminster Town host East Devon rivals Honiton Town in a South West Peninsula League Eastern Division derby tonight (Tuesday).

Read more
11:06

The AEGON men’s international competition runs from September 24-30 at Tarka Tennis Centre in Barnstaple

Read more
10:36

East Budleigh booked their place in the second round of the Devon Senior Cup with a fine 3-2 victory at neighbours Woodbury, writes Mark Auton.

Read more
10:33

Upottery bagged their first Macron League top flight success of the new term when they won by the odd goal in seven on their visit to Heavitree United.

Read more
10:33

The final week of the outdoor bowling season saw Seaton Bowls Club stage their finals weekend, writes Alan Nicholas.

Read more
10:33

There was almost a clean AVR sweep at Seaton Parkrun on Saturday, writes Chris Keefe.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 17°C

min temp: 10°C

Most Read Sport

Place a family notice

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

FFind planning applications