Souter injury another big blow to Withy hopes.

PUBLISHED: 09:00 24 December 2009 | UPDATED: 12:30 10 June 2010

WITHYCOMBE managed to do what many rugby clubs across the South West failed to do on Saturday, stage a game, but sadly, the outcome was as it has been in general this season so far.

WITHYCOMBE managed to do what many rugby clubs across the South West failed to do on Saturday, stage a game, but sadly, the outcome was as it has been in general this season so far.

Visitors Camborne are a powerful unit this season, but they needed to be at their best to defeat a spirited Withy side who eventually went under 37-7.

It was only in the final quarter of the contest that the Cornish side managed to take control to run in the three tries which gave the final score more of an emphatic look.

Prior to that, Withy certainly gave as goods as they got with a performance that suggests better things are on the way in the New Year.

The home cause was certainly hamstrung in the second period when they lost the influential lock John Souter.

The powerhouse was injured in a ground shaking challenge and needed to be seen in a local hospital to assess the damage post match.

The only points to be registered in the opening twenty minutes came from a Camborne boot that slotted a brace of penalties leaving the visitors with a 6-0 advantage.

The only other score in the first half was an unconverted try, scored when for the one and only time in the first 40 minutes, the Withy defence crumbled.

The side's went in with the visitors holding an 11-0 lead.

The second half started with Withycombe taking charge and their enterprise was rewarded when scrum-half Graeme May carried the ball over with the help of a powerful surge by the scrum.

Ollie Ellsworth added the extras and suddenly the home side were very much back in the game.

Leading 11-7 and most certainly not having it all their own way, the Cornish side looked troubled and there was an element of good fortune about the try that saw the tide of the game turn.

Withy were pressing, only to be caught on the counter and the visitors Number eight ran clear, the try was converted and now there was daylight between the sides with some twenty minutes remaining.

The Cornish side ran in three further tries in the final 15 minutes to seal a 37-7 victory.

However, there was much to take out of the performance from the hosts to suggest that 2010 need not be a procession of defeats in the way that 2009 was.

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