Slow star results in Withy cup exit

09:38 14 November 2012

Action from the Withcyombe defeat to Exeter Saracens

Action from the Withcyombe defeat to Exeter Saracens

Archant

Exeter Saracens 31, Withycombe 19

Withycombe went out of the Devon Intermediate Cup, but not before they had pushed their higher league hosts all the way, writes Jamie Roach.

Not for the first time this season Withy were slow to get into the game and this was a prime factor in them conceding a brace of early tries, both of the softer nature, that saw the Exeter side into a 14-0 lead.

Eventually Withy got their act together and were son showing that they had the wherewithal to comfortably deal with all that Saracens could throw at them.

This despite the controversial sin binning of number-eight Mike Richards. Shortly after his re-introduction, Richards made his presence felt by snaffling an opportunistic try from a pick and go five metres out.

Though the scoreboard remained static, the game was a neutral’s delight: Withycombe taking the opportunity of a cup game to run the majority of their penalty and free kick decisions, as well as the venomous edge endemic to local derbies.

On his return from exile in the centre, John Parkin in particular proved to be a persistent thorn in Sarries’ side from quick taps and in broken play. If nothing else, the display showed that in addition to the pace of Mike Symons, Parkin’s ingenuity gives Withy an embarrassment of riches at scrum-half. Another quick tap was to give Withy their next score, this time Mike Richards going quickly form the scrum base and being unlucky not to be awarded a try after grounding on the line; Jamie Rose made sure by dotting down from the ensuing ruck and Withy went into the break just two points adrift at 14-12.

At half-time the Withycombe team talk was of building on their gathering momentum. For all their demonstrations of competence though, they failed to follow through with execution, starting the second half as slowly as they started the first.

Saracens scored from the first play as Withycombe backed off the two or three big runners that defined Sarries’ attacking game. They capitalised on some woeful defending shortly after to make it 31-12, with hopes of a Withycombe comeback looking lost.

Credit to Withycombe though, they never gave up. Positives included the strong Withycombe scrummage which was unfairly penalised time and again, and the debut of Jamie Roach who acquitted himself well under considerable duress.

Withycombe enjoyed a fruitful ten-minute spell in the second half, starting with a turnover from the industrious Jack Pugsley, with Mike Richards putting in a highly improbable grubber kick from the halfway line which gave the lightning quick Will House the simplest of finishes to finally break his 1st XV duck with a try!

Pugsley’s conversion meant that with 15 minutes remaining, two more tries would win it for Withy, and a fantastic break from the ensuing kickoff gave them hope, only for a pass to go astray five metres out with the try-line begging.

At the next scrum, Withycombe were again controversially penalised and the pressure was relieved; it was to be the last meaningful action in a highly entertaining game.

In all likelihood Sarries were as good as anything in Withycombe’s league; the game was there for the taking but ultimately inconsistency robbed them of an eye-catching scalp. It’s back to league action this Saturday with a Raleigh Park meeting with mid-table OPMs.

0 comments

Other Sport Stories

09:03
Football goalnet. Ref shsp 7216-33-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Following their runners up spot in the Exeter District Youth League Under-14s Division Two at the end of last season, Budleigh Salterton boy’s team have completed preparations for life as an Under-15 Division One side, writes SpursTom.

Read more
06:51
Crews take their gigs into the sea off Sidmouth

Nine gig boats from seven regional clubs competed at the third annual regatta to be held in Sidmouth.

Read more
06:50
Football flag. Ref exsp 7259-33-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Exmouth Amateurs are top of the fledgling Fresha League Division One table after a 4-1 success over neighbours Budleigh Salterton at Warren View, writes Adam Reid.

Read more
06:50
Football flag. Ref exsp 7256-33-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Exmouth Amateurs Reserves made it two wins from two Fresha League Division Three starts with a 6-3 success at St Martins Reserves, writes Adam Reid.

Read more
06:50

Last Saturday East Budleigh were eventually beaten by a visiting Newtown side that included half a dozen Premier players in their starting line-up and, with Budleigh forced to make five changes for varying reasons, they should not be too down hearted at the 4-1 defeat they suffered, wqrites Mark Auton

Read more
06:50

A midweek fixture at Ottery St Mary was the setting for East Budleigh’s second match of the new campaign against a robust Tipton St John side on what was a difficult sloping pitch, writes Mark Auton.

Read more
06:50

Budleigh Salterton sit proudly in a top two berth in the fledgling South West Peninsula League Eastern Division table after they comfortably despatched Exwick Villa 3-0 at Greenway lane, writes Alan Beer.

Read more
06:49

Exmouth Spartans travelled to Cranbrook for their first away game of the season looking to bounce back from their 2-0 defeat to Sidmouth Thirds in midweek, writes Adam Reid.

Read more
06:49
Football goalnet. Ref shsp 7216-33-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

East Budleigh Reserves will want to quickly forget their 9-1 drubbing at the hands of a better South Zeal side, writes Mark Auton.

Read more
06:49
Golf generic picture

The elder statesmen took to the fairways in pairs to play for the Pairs Goblets, writes John Bridgman.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 10°C

Most Read Sport

Great British Life


Great British Life

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition today E-edition


Exmouth's trusted business finder