Burnard so bright as Withycombe Under-7 net win double over Honiton.

PUBLISHED: 16:57 28 February 2012 | UPDATED: 09:15 01 March 2012

Withycombe youth rugby. The under 8s team played Honiton at the weekend. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref exsp 4575-09-12AW. To order your copy of this photograph, go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Withycombe youth rugby. The under 8s team played Honiton at the weekend. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref exsp 4575-09-12AW. To order your copy of this photograph, go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on myphotos24

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Withycombe 8, Honiton 5

Withycombe 7, Honiton 6

Withycombe Under-7 entertained Honiton and managed to edge both games, but only by narrow margins of a couple of enthralling games of rugby.

As the first game got underway it quickly became apparent that recent lessons had been learnt by the Withies, as prolonged tagging and pressurised defence saw Honiton pushed back again and again. This lead to two early tries from Jaydan Marles, who was certainly enjoying the faster ground, and one from Ebony Mardle. All three coming on the end

of long passages of sustained possession. Honiton came back into the game as the half neared it’s end with two tries of their own, before Joe Gosling again showed how to make the most of limited space near the touch line to score in the corner.

Honiton were fastest out of the blocks in the second half and reduced the deficit to one with a well worked try of their own. This though, seemed to spur Withycombe into life, and three unanswered tries in six minutes effectively put the game out of the visitors reach. The first of these saw Chloe Fellows make the most of some hesitant Honiton

defending to record her first try for the club. Tries were then exchanged between the sides to bring the game to an end with Withy victorious by a three try margin.

In the second game it was again Withycombe who looked the brighter and livelier, certainly with respect to the constant tagging and not allowing Honiton any space for their expansive passing. Due reward came in the first two minutes with tries from Jaydan and Jack Greaves, the latter a superb solo effort from deep in his own half to take on the

whole Honiton defence. Again Honiton cam back and levelled the scores, before Freddie Burnard show excellent awareness to find himself some space and receive a lovely pass, which he duly finished off with a score. Honiton scored again on the brink of half time to make it 3-3.

It was the away side who seized the advantage early in the second half as Withycombe again took the opportunity to give all the youngest players a run out. Their efforts were not in vain as Ebony Mardle added two more scores to give Withycombe the advantage once more. This then lead to some frantic try scoring as four were shared evenly between the sides. With time running down a Honiton breakaway was stopped from scoring a game levelling score through the magnificent defence of Abigail Cook, whom got the tag cleanly whilst being the last line. The last couple of minutes saw Honiton do most of the attacking, but once again the Withy defence held firm with all players moving as a unit to

stop any threats to their line.

Man of the Match went to Freddie Burnard for excellent support play and once again scoring important tries.

Mention must go to the whole team for their best passing display this season, Tom Pidgeon and Abigail Cook for by far their best games to date and Chloe Fellows for her first, and very promising Withy appearance.

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  • Can I ask why this picture was used when several of the correct age group were submitted. Please respond thanks

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