Tom steers Withycombe to half century of points at Torrington’s expense

PUBLISHED: 15:22 27 October 2011

Action between Withycombe and Torrington at Raleigh Park on Saturday. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exsp 3038-43-11SH To order your copy of this photograph visit www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Action between Withycombe and Torrington at Raleigh Park on Saturday. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exsp 3038-43-11SH To order your copy of this photograph visit www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on myphotos24

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Withycombe easily defeated bottom of the table Torrington at Raleigh Park last Saturday scoring eight tries in the process, writes John Goldfinch

Withycombe easily defeated bottom of the table Torrington at Raleigh Park last Saturday scoring eight tries in the process, writes John Goldfinch

However, it wasn’t until the second half when Withies really turned up the gas and blew the visitors away.

Playing with the slope in their favour Withies were soon into their stride and looked to run the ball wherever possible.

They were soon rewarded for their endeavours but it was individuals try from Tom Steer that set the score rolling.

A score that he converted himself. A second score was to follow soon after and that came after the ball had been moved wide several time and Chris (Fridge) Gibbons found an opportunity to stroll over for an unconverted score.

Torrington suddenly got the wake up call and briefly threatened the Withies line for a short period.

During this period of pressure the visitors did get themselves onto the scoreboard with a penalty converted by Craig Hooper.

A further period of pressure was dealt with by the Withycombe defence and for the latter period of the first half the soon Torrington found themselves confined to their own twenty five. Another score was inevitable when the ball was pushed wide and Steer overlapped to score another try that he converted himself.

Withies playing up the slope and with the wind in their favour were so dominant that Torrington were encamped in their own half and had to defend continuously.

When they did clear their lines Withies kicking for territory was just superb. Having lost prop Chris Gibbons with a rib injury, the Withies pack was ably shored up with Phil Sluman as a replacement and the Torrington pack began to crumble.

Five metre scrum saw Danny Parry break blind to score wide out for a converted score.

The fourth try secured the bonus point, and the fifth was soon to follow from a line out set piece move for flanker Miles Lenygon to score wide out.

Steer hit the woodwork with his conversion attempt.

The sixth try was a penalty try when Withies in the act of scoring were denied by a push on the pass receiver. The score was converted.

With ten minutes left on the clock, Withies looked for the fifty score and it was achieved with two tries form skipper Neil Williams, who rounded the Torrington back line twice after the pack had sucked in the defence.

Both scores were converted by man of match Steer who is fast becoming Withycombe’s most promising player for years.

So, at the whistle eight tries and fifty two points was fitting for a team who were just outstanding on the day.

Next week Withycombe travel to Liskeard and Looe who, like Torrington, are at the wrong end of the table.

Withies shouldn’t rest on their laurels. Wounded animals are always at their most dangerous.

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