Holman try the highlight of another Withy defeat.

PUBLISHED: 09:01 12 November 2009 | UPDATED: 12:18 10 June 2010

WITHYCOMBE went down 42-10 to visiting Truro on Saturday but there were positives to take from the game, none more so than the very obvious spirit that continues to run through the team, writes Nigel Sueter.

WITHYCOMBE went down 42-10 to visiting Truro on Saturday but there were positives to take from the game, none more so than the very obvious spirit that continues to run through the team, writes Nigel Sueter.

The early phases of play looked promising for the home side who made a confident start playing attacking rugby, winning good ball and a series of line-outs and scrums.

It was Truro who scored first though, tucking a penalty away after some desperate defending by Withy.

The hosts responded well, won a penalty but a promising move from the subsequent line-out was overturned by the visitors who ran on, forced another defensive error, and doubled their lead with a second successful penalty.

A third penalty in the 20th minute set Withy further back but then they had a change of fortune as the ball was off-loaded to Dan Mather who passed to Jimmy Holman to cross over, Ollie Ellsworth converted and Withy were back in it at 7-9.

Back came the visitors and the unfortunate Ben Wright, so brave making try saving tackles, suffered a knee in his back and had to go off to be replaced by Dave Thompson.

The half came to an end with a Truro try and conversion and so they trooped off with a 16-7 lead at the break.

Early in the second half an Ellsworth penalty made it 10-16 but a brace of converted tries for the visitors took them clear at 30-10.

Withycomvbe came back strongly and were unfortunate not to get on the score sheet during some sustained pressure but the visitors rode their luck and broke to score another converted try and a further try late on gave the final score that look of 42-10.

Withycombe have plenty of spirit and enthusiasm and can build on this for the future. At present they are not reading the game well enough to prevent being out-tackled and out-played. Next week they are away to Newquay.

lOn November 21 the club will be holding their Autumn Reunion at 12.30pm. Any old Withycombe players are welcome and are asked to contact Peter Farley (01395) 27100 for details.

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