Battling Withy edged out at Plymouth Argaum

PUBLISHED: 17:51 13 December 2017 | UPDATED: 17:51 13 December 2017

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Withycombe were edged out 15-14 when they travelled to Plymouth Argaum for their latest Tribute Cornwall and Devon league outing.

The final score was harsh on a much-changed Withy side missing a number of regulars through injury.

It was Withy who struck first with skipper Connor O’Shaughnessy gathering the ball and providing the pass for scrum half John Parkin to cross for a converted try.

Both sides struggled to get to grips with difficult conditions and much of the play was congested into the middle third of the pitch.

Argaum missed a shot at the posts from a penalty on the half hour mark, and that proved to be the final opportunity for either side to score in the half with Withy trooping off at the break with a 7-0 lead.

A penalty 10 minutes into the second half finally got the hosts on the score board and a converted try minutes later edged them into 10-3 lead.

With 10 minutes remaining, Parkin, making a welcome return to the Withy ranks, broke free from the halfway line and weaved his way through a number of challenges before touching down under the posts and a successful Sam Conway conversion saw Withy regain the lead at 14-10.

As the clock ticked down the home pressure became more intense. Withy resisted well, but, after a five minute spell of being camped on the Withy line, and with the referee looking at his watch, they found a space to exploit and crossed for what proved to be an unconverted, match-winning try for the home side, who were able to claim a narrow success and so end a run of six successive losses.

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