Withy give Honiton a helping hand
PUBLISHED: 18:03 26 January 2011
Withycombe Junior Rugby - The latest from the under-8s at Raleigh Park.
WITHYCOMBE under-8s once again had a healthy turn-out and they were able to help Honiton out with additional players.
The visitors arrived with just four players and so it was decided to mix and match to the degree that three evenly matched sides were fielded for a morning of rugby.
The side played under the banners of Withy (red), Withy (green) and Withy/Honiton (orange).
The first game was between Withy (red) and Withy/Honiton (orange) and a close contest saw the sides go into the half-time break with neither having scored.
In the second half the home team got on top and ran in four scores, answered by one from the opposition.
Tom Humphreys and Matthew Edworthy both bagged braces of scores for the winners, the latter with a pair of barn-storming runs down the wing!
Game two between Withy (green) and Withy/Honiton (orange) was another close encounter.
Both sides displayed good defence and a quick turn of pace to counter attack.
In the end the sides scored nine times between them with the home side winners by a single score.
Tom Real was the star of the show with no fewer than four tries whilst Ben Wilkinson scored his with a fine run from a re-start.
The Withy/Honiton scores came from a brace by a Honiton player and scores also from home boys Jack Cole and Sam Diprose.
The Diprose effort came after a run that saw him avoid countless tagging opportunities on his way to the Withy line!
The third and final encounter was an all-Withy affair with green emerging the victors by four scores to two. Tom Real, Will Cooper, Anya Corlett and Jake Diprose scored for the greens whilst Thomas Humphreys and Max Rickard were on the mark for the reds.
Despite Honiton not being able to field a full team an enjoyable morning of tag rugby was certainly had by all.
The combined sides taking part produced some all-round exciting and determined attacking passages of play.
Withycombe under-8s welcomed new recruit, James Baker, who put in an encouraging performance in his debut outing, playing with Withy green.