Sueter stars but Withy lose again

PUBLISHED: 17:06 23 December 2008 | UPDATED: 10:13 10 June 2010

WITHYCOMBE began the second half of their seasons fixtures looking to make up for a first half programme that is now officially their worst start since the olden days in Devon 2B, writes Nigel Sueter.

WITHYCOMBE began the second half of their seasons fixtures looking to make up for a first half programme that is now officially their worst start since the "olden days" in Devon 2B, writes Nigel Sueter.

Visitors Weston Hornets began the day in a similar perilous league position to the hosts and it was they who started the brighter but their early energy was dampened by some spirited Withy defending.

The opening exchanges saw some scrappy rugby played as both side gained possession only to then conceded a penalty.

The visitor's pace was a dominant feature but the Withy defence continued to stand up to the challenge.

Both sides were tackling with their all and, after one particularly spirited passage of play, Withycombe's No5, Jon Sueter, was punished with a yellow card much to the consternation of the home faithful.

Richard Blyth also picked up a yellow card but, despite being down to 13 men, Withycombe mounted a strong attack led by Ben Scott and nearly scored.

Weston then regained possession and made good progress towards the Withycombe line only for the home side to be penalised for breaking off too early from the attacking maul, resulting in a penalty try being awarded to Weston who failed to covert but took a 5-0 lead into the half time break.

With the match official having trouble with the two sides' similar kits in the first half, Withy trooped out after the break in their light blue away kit.

Sadly, the change of outfit did not change the side's fortunes and the next score was from the visitor's who capitalised on a defensive error to seize a 10-0 advantage.

This prompted an excellent home response and. After recycling the ball, Mick Wilson peeled off and crossed the line, Ben Scott converted and Withy were back in the contest at 7-10.

There followed a passage of play littered with mistakes but the home pack began to take the initiative and it was the turn of the visitors to throw bodies into all out defence,

During this spell the visitors conceded a penalty for off side and Scott's successful kick levelled things up at 10-10 with just ten minutes remaining.

Weston then applied greater pressure and Withy defended well until they were penalised for taking a man without the ball and conceded a penalty 10 metres from their line, which Ian Marshall tucked away to restore the visitors lead at 13-10.

The home side rallied again, but could not break through the massed ranks of the visitor's defence leaving Weston the winners.

Post match, the visitors chose Withy's John Sueter as man of the match. In summary, it is so obvious that the Withy backs must not panic if the flow of the game is not going their way. They should concentrate on getting the ball to the runners on the outside rather than continually look to crash through the middle. This was a game that perhaps Withy did not do enough to win, but equally they certainly did not deserve to lose it.

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