December 12 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Withycombe 25, Honiton 8.
The humiliation of the previous weeks 40-point drubbing at Hayle was quickly forgotten as Withy saw off Honiton in a comprehensive manner.
The villagers drew first blood through an early Jack Pugsley penalty, before Honiton responded with a penalty of their own and a soft try. Those would prove to be the last points Honiton would score as the Withy defence woke up and a clean sheet was kept for the remaining 68 minutes.
Parity was restored on 30 minutes when Phil Sluman rolled back the years to score a try. Pugsley missed the conversion, but made no mistake five minutes later when Mike Richards scored underneath the posts after breaking from the back of a scrum.
The second half was a story of ‘what could have been’ for both sides. Having missed a couple of shots at goal in the first half, Honiton’s luck with the boot didn’t improve, and Withycombe can count themselves lucky on the one hand that the score was not a closer affair in the end.
On the other hand, the home side had many opportunities to score, but whether it was a bad final pass, a questionable forward pass decision or a dropped ball, something was stopping Withycombe from scoring their first bonus point of the season.
Discipline has been a Withy virtue of late, but in this game the penalty count was extremely high, and Withies can perhaps count themselves lucky that the referee was not more judicious with the cards.
Returning skipper Dave Richards was sent to the sin-bin on 60 minutes, as was Aaron Conway on 72, ending the centre’s involvement in the game.
The saving grace was Withycombe’s tackling, so ferocious that Honiton didn’t look like scoring a try, and failed to kick any points.
Withycombe started to edge away on 60 minutes when Jack Pugsley put them ten points in front.
After a tense period, Withycombe put the game beyond doubt as some clever play from Glenn Channing put Danny Sansom away on the outside from deep, and man of the match Sansom’s strong running saw him beat the remaining Honiton defence to score a late try under the posts, Pugsley converting.
On Saturday the 1st XV travel to Veor where they claimed a stirring 18-16 victory two years ago. The 2nd XV entertain Brixham at Raleigh Park.