Second half super show sees Withy to first win

PUBLISHED: 19:07 28 September 2011

Action from Withycombe's clash with Tavistock at Raleigh Park on Saturday. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exsp 0643-39-11SH To order your copy of this photograph visit www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Action from Withycombe's clash with Tavistock at Raleigh Park on Saturday. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exsp 0643-39-11SH To order your copy of this photograph visit www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on myphotos24

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Second half super show sees Withy to first win

All Withies point came in the second half and there could have been a bonus point had the second half effort been replicated in the opening forty minutes!

Playing with the slope in their favour, Withies looked out of sorts in the opening exchanges as Tavistock looked keen kick start their season with their first win. Using the keen wind the away side caused all sorts of bother to Withycombe who created only a few chances.

To be fair, Withies defended well but the balance of the side just didn’t seem right. Three quarter movement was too lateral and there didn’t seem any purpose in what the forwards were trying to achieve.

Whilst Withies attack seemed content to meander through the first half, Tavistock for all their efforts were at least stifled by the Withies defence. It was all huff and puff but no progress for both sides. The only opportunity fell to Tavistock when Withies were penalised in front of their posts and Tavvies Rich Goldsby-West added the points.

It was a little bit of a relief when referee Derek Keeling brought the proceedings to an end for the first half but clearly whatever was said at half time to the Withycombe team, it certainly had an effect as the second half was a completely different affair.

Now playing up the slope and with the wind, Withies looked far more determined and immediately entrenched themselves in Tavistock territory. The Withycombe three quarter line straightened up its lines of attack and the Withies pack began to operate more as a unit. Within ten minutes of the restart Withies went ahead when Miles Lenygon barged over when the forwards had created a weakness in the away sides defence with some co-ordinated driving. Tom Steer just failed to add the extras.

Some enforced changes saw a further improvement in Withies fortunes when veteran centre Dave Passmore entered the fray and Lenygon moved into the pack. The further strengthening of the pack and the introduction of Passmore in the back line was just too much for Tavistock whose attack was completely blunted by the Withycombe fifteen. It was great stuff as Passmore took on the away sides back line time and time again. It was just creating more space and Tavistock were beginning too tire from the onslaught. Centre Neil Williams took advantage of Tavvies increasing defence frailties and weaved over to score in the corner eluding tackle after tackle. Steer converted from the touchline. With twenty minutes to go Withies went ahead further when man of the match Dan Mather scooped on a dropped ball to run in unopposed from twenty five metres. The score was converted.

The score of 19-3 could have been worse for Tavistock as Withies crossed the white wash on two further occasions but all in all the loss of a possible bonus point was not a factor for too much worry, for the Withies second half performance was the bonus. It proves that Withycombe are not one dimensional but can be a side to be reckoned with in the division. Withies are away to Hayle this weekend and will have to on their mettle to one the leagues high fliers.

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