Sin Binning costs Withy dear
PUBLISHED: 09:43 17 November 2010
Despite a much improved all-round performance Withcyombe still came out second best when beaten at Torrington, but only after moments of ill-discipline cost them dearly.
TWENTY minutes of play with only fourteen men, cost Withycombe dear at Torrington last Saturday, writes John Goldfinch.
Had Withies had their full complement for the whole game they surely would have won particularly as one of the Torrington tries was a push over with the Withycombe pack depleted.
Withycombe started well and looked much the sharper of the two sides in the opening exchanges.
It was a drastic improvement from the previous week. In the tenth minute Withies opened their account with a penalty that Paddy Shaw knocked over from the twenty five. With Torrington showing more tempo Withies tackling needed to be at it best and they responded well to the challenge. On fifteen minutes Withycombe increased their lead through Seb MacDonald. Quick ball from excellent forward work released the three-quarters and the big centre crashed through two tackles to score a converted try. Ten points and it all looked rosy.
The second quarter of the game belonged to Torrington who firstly scored with a penalty through Andy Manning. Withycombe then had Ben Turner sent to the bin and Torrington responded with quickly taken penalty and with Withies trying to reorganise, Lloyd Sands scored wide out for an unconverted score. Just before the break Manning knocked over another penalty and the Withies found themselves 11-10 down at the interval.
With the slope in their favour it Torrington looks to have the advantage but Withies weren’t about to roll over. Torrington’s large pack looked to dominate but the Withycombe backline made penetrating forages into the home side’s territory and looked very dangerous. It was edgy stuff and Withies fell foul of the match official enabling the North Devon side to complete a pushover try after Withies had been sent back into the twenty five after a series of penalties.
With twenty minutes to go there was everything to play for and Withycombe then scored another try with a carbon copy effort from centre MacDonanald, again converted and the score was suddenly 17-16 in Withycombe’s favour. Within two minutes that lead was stretched to four points when Shaw knocked over another penalty.
It was all looking rosy with the end in sight. Torrington were pinned yards from then a moment of madness. Ben Wright found himself marching to the sin bin for some loose comments to the referee after he had been penalised. Torrington seized the advantage and within five minutes had worked their way back into Withycombe territory. Withycombe managed to hold out for a while but soon as a five yard scrum was awarded it was all up for Withies as they forced back over their line and try awarded. With the conversion, Torrington just had to keep going for a few more minutes and Withies had lost. Next Saturday Withycombe are at home against Liskeard and Looe in game sponsored by Exmouth Blinds with kick-off being 2.30pm.