Withycombe power to victory at Exeter Saracens

11:56 27 February 2014

Try Down-Withycombe took on Veor at a very muddy Raleigh Park on Saturday. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exsp 2620-07-14SH. To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk

Try Down-Withycombe took on Veor at a very muddy Raleigh Park on Saturday. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exsp 2620-07-14SH. To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk

Archant

Exeter Saracens 7, Withycombe 47

Freddie Fraser signed off for Withycombe with a hard-fought win that was not as straightforward as the score line would suggest, writes Mike Richards.

With Fraser moving onto bigger things at Taunton, Withycombe managed to blood another two debutants, although Richard Hodges, beset by transport issues, had to make his first appearance from the bench as penance for turning up after kick-off, allowing Tim Wills and the evergreen Al Loaring, to step into the breach.

The ballast that provided in the scrum was immediately apparent, as Withycombe were comfortably on top, disrupting Sarries’ own ball and making chances for themselves on their own feed. Unfortunately, with the exception of a well-taken try on 12 minutes, their efforts went mostly unrewarded in the first half, to Phil Sluman’s audible frustration at times.

Sam Conway snatched that only first-half score, after the ‘Richards one-two’ was used to devastating effect with Dave putting brother Mike through a hole just about big enough to accommodate him, before offloading back to Dave, with the supporting Sluman hauled down just before the line. Quick ball put Conway over in the corner for his fifth try of the season.

With Saracens narrowly escaping the concession of either a pushover or penalty try from a series of close-quarter Withycombe scrums, it looked as though the great escape may be on when the teams turned round at only 5-0.

Withycombe again had the run of the play as the second half started. With the wind at the back now, and with Sarries’ centre partnership of Mat Hilton and Ben Croft under very close surveillance from Fraser and Aaron Conway, the pressure started to build. Mike Richards notched another try on 44 minutes, with Sam Conway adding a second on 52 as he rounded his man and raced underneath the posts. Saracens skipper Mat Hilton did make the most of a huge overlap with 20 minutes to go to bring the score back to 19-7, but Withycombe replied almost immediately, with number-eight Dan James finally scoring the pushover try after workmanlike Withy pushed the home pack over their own line for the third time that day.

After that, the home resistance evaporated somewhat as Jack Faulkner unleashed himself. With the visiting backs playing fast and loose, Faulkner’s pace and agility got him a brace of tries, one either side of a lacklustre Mike Richards five-pointer. Jack Pugsley nailed all the second-half conversions as Withy won in style.

On Saturday Newquay Hornets visit Raleigh Park. Skipper Dave Richards says: This is potentially a banana-skin fixture. Hopefully the firmer ground will let us get our exciting backs into the game, but Newquay like to play as well so we’ll have to put in a full shift.”

0 comments

Other Sport Stories

Yesterday, 05:25
Bowls

The Madeira Bowling Club’s outdoor competitions reached a climax this past weekend when club finals were played, writes Mary Ann Dowrick.

Read more
Thu, 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
Thu, 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
Thu, 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
Thu, 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
Thu, 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
Thu, 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
Thu, 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
Thu, 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
Thu, 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

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 18°C

min temp: 10°C

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