Bolwell scores seven tries for Withy

PUBLISHED: 09:00 17 December 2009 | UPDATED: 12:29 10 June 2010

AFTER several weeks of travelling, Withycombe Juniors returned to Raleigh Park in good numbers for their first home fixture of the season against Kingsbridge last Sunday.

AFTER several weeks of travelling, Withycombe Juniors returned to Raleigh Park in good numbers for their first home fixture of the season against Kingsbridge last Sunday.

Unfortunately, Kingsbridge U7s cancelled leaving a sole fixture for the U8s to play.

The U8s narrowly lost their first match 6-7, but then made amends by winning the second game by a very encouraging margin of 8-3.

The first game produced the usual end to end action with each team generally scoring from the restart with the rundown of the clock favouring the visitors.

Both teams demonstrated good running and ball handling skills playing the five tag turn over rule, with a well-drilled Kingsbridge team displaying slightly better exchanges of inter passing before being tagged.

In the second game, the Withies U8s managed to step up a gear and produced a far more convincing performance scoring four times in each half to dominate the visitors 8-3.

An excellent all round attacking team performance was witnessed, with many individual displays of probing running to gain ground back up by determined defensive tagging.

Tries were scored by Ben Bolwell (7), Joe Blyth (3), Jake Yarwood (2), Hannah Bolwell and Tommy Sanderson.

A deserved mention must go to Ben Bolwell, who carried the fitting nickname Speedy Gonzales from his Kingsbridge counterparts, who ran in three and four tries, respectively, over the two games using his fast, jinking pace to repeatedly open up the visitor's defence.

The U7s managed to enjoy a lively match orientated training session in place of a competitive fixture.

The Withy Juniors will return to action after the festive break on Sunday, January 3 when they entertain Cullompton. New players are always made very welcome at Withycombe RFC.

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