Withycombe RFC secured a hat-trick of victories in a great start to the season, as they defied tough conditions to beat Plymouth Argaum 29-7.

Winger Liam Daniels turned on the pace to sprint along the touchline to score in the corner after just three minutes for the Withies. The Withy pack then marched on to push the home side straight off the ball! With the rolling scrum now over the try line, Joe Blyth dotted down to double the Withies’ lead to 0-10 after ten minutes.

As the game reached the half hour mark, the boys in green and back were back in the driving seat from the 5m scrum. Joe Blyth dutifully dotted down once again as the scrum trundled past the whitewash.

The second half saw Withycombe playing down the slope, but against the building wind. Withy had to start defending hard but ten minutes into the half, lost Jack Fear to a tackle deemed a little too high on the Argaum player.

Keen on getting themselves onto the scoreboard, Argaum picked up the pace, making effective use of the jackal move to pick up the penalties and head upfield. Withy defence stood strong when it was needed most and denied two tries from the home side, holding both advances up off the line, eventually clearing their lines through a penalty.

With the ball back in Withycombe hands, play headed down to the Argaum 22’ where, following two or three penalties denying tries from Withy, the referee headed under the posts to award Withycombe the penalty try and the 4-try bonus point.

The hosts managed a consolation score before Liam Daniels completed a great team effort to crash over in the far corner of the field. Tom Cooke’s conversion brought an end to proceedings.

Next weekend, Withycombe host Barnstaple 2nds, kick off 2:30pm.

The Withycombe Rugby Club Vision 24 campaign has now surged past an incredible £11,000 but there is a long way to go to reach the target of £30,000, as the club looks to expand their facilities to support the 17 teams of men, women and children. Visit Crowdfunder.co.uk and search for Withycombe Rugby Club Vision 24 to donate