Copper and Cornish star as Withy U16s are edged out at Cullompton

PUBLISHED: 13:15 22 November 2018

Withycombe Under-16s in action against Cullompton. Picture IAIN COOPER

Withycombe Under-16s in action against Cullompton. Picture IAIN COOPER

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Withycombe Under-16s were narrowly beaten by Cullompton when the teams met in a Fisherman’s Cup fixture in Mid Devon.

Withycombe Under-16s in action against Cullompton. Picture IAIN COOPERWithycombe Under-16s in action against Cullompton. Picture IAIN COOPER

The home side, who won this cup last year in the Under-15 age group, started brightly and passed the ball slickly, but the Withy defence was up to the challenge and repelled Cully in the early exchanges.

The first opportunity to score fell to the home side, who crossed for a converted try with good use of a rolling maul followed by a line-out. Withy had a great chance to get on the score sheet themselves, but spurned what seemed a ‘kickable’ penalty and half-time arrived with the teams separated by just those seven points. Early in the second half a period of Cully pressure ended with the ball moved out wide to their winger, who scored out on the left, but the conversion was missed, leaving the home side 12-0 to the good.

The final score fell to Withy and it followed some impressive defence from which there was a turnover, followed by a downfield kick that resulted in a decent bounce allowing Matt Shaw-Smith to beat a couple of defenders before crossing the whitewash.

The conversion was missed and when the final whistle was blown, Withy had gone down 12-5. Withycombe’s defence was outstanding, as was their general team play.

Withycombe Under-16s in action against Cullompton. Picture IAIN COOPERWithycombe Under-16s in action against Cullompton. Picture IAIN COOPER

The Withy Man of the Match awards went to Will Cornish and Will Cooper.

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