Withy Under-11s produce stunning show at Newquay
PUBLISHED: 10:20 29 April 2015 | UPDATED: 10:20 29 April 2015
Withycombe Under-11s brought the curtain down on their season by taking part in the club’s junior section tour to Cornwall.
On the Saturday of the tour St Agnes were the hosts and gave Withies one of their hardest games of the season, before the visitors secured a hard earned 35-30 victory. On a very narrow pitch, it took a while for Withies to find their usual flair. The size of some of the St Agnes boys certainly raised a few eyebrows, especially as three of them played for Perranporth Under-12s in the next match!
Charlie Passmore and Callum Tose with two tries each and Harry Bennett, Jack Draper and Alfie Gillard, saw to the Withy tries.
The only downside was losing the influential Jack Wood to a finger injury, ruling him out of the rest of the tour.
After a very late Saturday night, all the teams headed off to Newquay Hornets to play a series of matches. First up for Withies Under-11s were the hosts. Withy served up their finest all-round performance of the season to totally dominate all aspects of the game and run out 55-0 winners.
With James Griffin, Ollie Willis and Alfie Gillard winning the ball at every breakdown, the platform was set for Ollie Hempstead to release the backs to run through the tiring hosts at will. Bennett`s usual aggressive self brought him a hat-trick of tries. Passmore and Paddy McGuinness added two each with Willis, Gillard, Griffin and Draper, completing the whitewash.
The rest of the boys were next up against a very good St Austell side, and Withies defence were certainly put to the test. The tackling of Harry Williams, Erin Asselman and Harry Ford were keeping St Austell at bay, with booming clearance kicks from Sam Skinner relieving any danger. With the half time score 0-0, it was St Austell who opened the scoring with a well worked try. Withies were now starting to find their feet , with Henry Bragg and Danny Trios making inroads into the opposition half. Play was now being played mostly near the St Austell line, and after several phases of play Assleman dived over to level the score. A quickly taken free pass caught St Austell napping, allowing sub Passmore to outsprint the defence to put Withies in front. With their tails in the air, yet more pressure released Passmore to dot down in the corner to give Withies victory by 15-5, and more importantly, kept them unbeaten all weekend
That brings to an end a fabulous season for the Withycombe Under-11s and a big round of thanks must be directed the way of coaches Tony Willis, Dave Passmore and Matt Bragg for their time, dedication and patience, in making this exciting team of youngsters one to watch in the future.