Withy Under-16s in close encounter with Brixham

PUBLISHED: 15:01 12 December 2017 | UPDATED: 15:01 12 December 2017

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Withycombe Under-16s shared 10 points with visiting Brixham when the teams met at Raleigh Park in the latest round of the Fisherman’s Cup.

The windy conditions kept pressure on the team facing into wind and any kicked ball made no distance to clear. It was a hard slog as tackle after tackle by both teams prevented running rugby and fast-moving action. Most of the game was played in the middle of the park, with neither team making much headway beyond the opposing 22-yard line.

In the first half, Withy had the wind advantage and were pressing hard to break the line. Stiff opposition made it hard to penetrate the Brixham 22.

Attack after attack saw Withy enjoy the majority of possession, but the Brixham defence held strong.

Finally, after great effort, Withy broke the defensive line and kept the ball moving. A final pass out to the left saw Josh Arbury run powerfully for the line and score a try, which went unconverted, and that proved to be the lone score of the first half leaving Withy with a 5-0 interval lead.

The second half was just as closely contested with Withy’s defence coming to the fore.

Each member of the team put in a huge effort to keep the Brixham side back. For the majority of the half Withy were pushed back deep into their own half and the tough exchanges led to two Withy players substituted as a precaution for injuries, but luckily neither proved serious in the end.

With just moments left to play, Brixham broke through and managed to score an equalising try and the game ended 5-5, which was a fair result on the day.

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