Withies frustrated by delays
PUBLISHED: 13:29 21 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:02 10 June 2010
Weston Hornets 22pts, Withycombe 10 Western Counties West: A YOUNG Withycombe side came up against a more streetwise team. Once they decided to match Hornets aggression, but not the cynicism, the contest became more even.
Weston Hornets 22pts, Withycombe 10 Western Counties West: A YOUNG Withycombe side came up against a more streetwise team. Once they decided to match Hornets' aggression, but not the cynicism, the contest became more even.
Both sides conceded early penalties and Weston were penalised for lifting too early at a line-out.
Withycombe tried to make ground by passing the ball wide. Unfortunately it was Hornets who scored first after Withies gave away a penalty on halfway.
A late tackle gave Weston a penalty chance and an 8-0 lead.
When Withycombe tried to make inroads into the Hornets' defence, they were frustrated by failing to hang on to the ball and the home side's delaying tactics.
Another penalty conceded by Withycombe allowed Weston to go 11-0 up.
A lack of concentration in the Withycombe defence allowed Hornets to go further ahead with a drop-goal.
There was no further scoring before half time, despite Dave Passmore's efforts to lead a counter-attack.
After the restart Withycombe started to edge back, matching the aggressive play of Weston.
Withycombe were awarded a penalty, they kicked towards the five-metre line. The line-out was won and the forwards began a series of moves that enabled James Scott to go over for a try.
Weston responded by quickly following up the restart, winning a scrum, then a penalty to go 17-5 up.
Withies controlled the ball from the restart and released Ben Scott to score.
Hornets started to lose their composure and conceded several penalties. As Withycombe threatened, a pass was intercepted and Hornets broke away to score.
Despite several strong attacking moves led by the forwards, Withycombe were unable to cross the line.
Withycombe are due to replay their game against Minehead this Saturday. The first game was abandoned when the referee suffered an injury.
The game is a special one for chairman Richard Blyth, who will be making his 500th appearance in the 1st XV.
Withycombe are doing their bit to defy the credit crunch by making entry to all home games free until the end of 2008. Kick-off is at 2.30pm, not 3pm as previously advertised.