Cornish and Edworthy star as Withy U16s see off Exeter Saracens

PUBLISHED: 12:16 13 December 2018 | UPDATED: 12:16 13 December 2018

Withycombe Under-16s in action against Cullompton. Picture IAIN COOPER

Withycombe Under-16s in action against Cullompton. Picture IAIN COOPER


Withycombe Under-16s were 41-12 winners when they entertained Exeter Saracens.Withycombe Under-16s were 41-12 winners when they entertained Exeter Saracens.

he match was played at Bicton, where there was a strong wind blowing from one end of the pitch to the other. Saracens kicked off and, with the wind behind them, scored the opening try after some good work from their backs.

Withy hit straight back with a try from Matt Hicks and, with the Will Cooper conversion clean, the scores were level. There was just one more score in the first half and it came after some good work by the Withy forwards that led to the ball being sent wide to Matt Shaw-Smith, who raced clear for an unconverted try and Withy trooped off at the break with a 12-7 lead.

The second half saw Withy enjoy the benefit of the strong wind and, with their forwards dominating, it was no surprise that the home side enjoyed the lion’s share of both ball and territorial advantage.

Will Cornish opened the second-half scoring with a try and the next score came when a good kick from Will Cooper was latched onto by Matt Shaw-Smith, who crossed for his second try, which Cooper converted. Saracens looked flustered, but did mount a raid that ended when they dropped a pass and the Withy response was both speedy and clinical as number 10 Matt Oliver crossed the whitewash, which was followed by another Cooper conversion.

Saracens scored next, just reward for their second-half endeavours, but Withy were straight back onto the front foot and Cornish crossed for his second try before, in the closing moments of the match, Withy winger Joe Tozer scored the final try of the contest to complete the scoring.

The Withy Man of the match awards went to Will Cornish and Matt Edworthy.

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