Thursday, March 20, 2014
Withycombe Under-10s were big winners in their two meetings with Exeter Saracens.
In the first match Charlie Passmore opened the scoring and quickly added two more after good forward pressure from Oliver Willis and Erin Assleman disrupting any attacks the young Sarries tried to launch. Withies began to play with real zest and the ball was passed through several pairs of hands on a regular basis before Paddy McGuinness crashed over before James Griffin and another Passmore screamer took Withies into the break 30-0 to the good. Several changes were made at half-time and Withy were forced to soak up early second half pressure.
At the other end of the pitch Sam Skinner weaved his way over and Harry Williams soon followed with a trademark score. Alfie Gillard added a further try after taking the ball at pace from a ruck before yet another Passmore score completed the rout to see Withy 50-0 winners.
Game two saw Withies rest their big guns, giving their newer and less experienced players time to get used to game time and these boys didn’t disappoint!
Sam Skinner scored right from the kick-off and Ollie Neal soon doubled the score. Harry Williams burrowed his way over in true scrum half fashion to open up a 15-0 lead.
Sarries had a couple of big lads and used them well, breaking through Withies defence a couple of times, but the tackling of Callum Toze, Ollie Hempstead and Harry Bennett was exceptional, thwarting any attacks that was thrown at them.
Withy worked the ball out wide and Alex Stortenbecker raced clear for a brace of fine tries. The biggest cheer of the day though, was for Jacob Holt after he picked up the ball near his own try line and, after a lung-busting run, scored his first ever try for the Green and Blacks.
Sam Skinner was on the end of yet another fine move to score his second of the game and take Withies into a 30-0 half-time lead.
Although Sarries had limited numbers, it wasn’t all one way traffic and they pulled one back of their own, which had both sets of supporters applauding. Their joy was short lived though, as James Griffin replied almost immediately, before Alfie Gillard added another. Erin Assleman had a fine game, and his unselfish play was rewarded with two scores of his own before an interception try from Sarries fast winger brought another cheer for the home crowd. Josh Chisling had the final say though, scoring his second ever try on the final whistle.