Withy Colts dish up dominant first half display in win over Bideford

PUBLISHED: 11:41 06 December 2018

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A dominant first half display was ultimately decisive in the Withycombe Colts 24-17 success over Bideford.

In a high tempo start, Withy scored on four minutes as their powerful forwards smashed their way through contacts to get inside the Bideford twenty-two.

The speed of passing kept the ball safe and Max Dix finished the onslaught as he put his head down to cross the line. Jason Farrant converted and Withies were 7-0 ahead.

After the restart Bideford settled well and spent the next 15 minutes testing the Withy defence.

Strong tackles stopped the North Devon side progressing much beyond the Withy twenty-two.

The opposition came close to getting some points as they were awarded a penalty in front of the posts for not releasing the ball, but instead of kicking they chose to go quickly and ran the ball putting pressure on the Withy try line.

The defensive line held, and, as Withy struck back, the ball was kicked to touch. Archie Symons stole the ball at the line out and it was moved by swift hands with Farrant tucking it inside to Ben Dawson who showed the Bideford back line a clean set of heels top race away down the left and over the white wash.

As the game restarted, Aaron Lee collected the high ball and moved forward. He released the ball to Vinnie Neath-Rogers, who managed to move the ball rapidly to Max Dix and he eased his way through the defensive line. Farrant again slotted the conversion and Withy trooped off at the break holding a 19-0 lead.

There was more of the same at the start of the second half with Withy pushing Bideford back deep into their twenty-two. A clearing kick saw the ball sent back to the halfway line, but there it was gathered by Withy skipper Luke Davis, who ran straight to the line to leave the score 24-0.

Bideford then began their comeback and their opening try came from a scrum inside the Withy twenty-two, one that set up a defence splitting move and the Bideford pressure continued to the extent that they got back to within seven points at 24-17.

However, Withy were bold, resilient and determined and they held out through to the final whistle to seal the victory.

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