Withy Under-12s impress as they win Mother's Day game at Bicton against Bridport

PUBLISHED: 15:34 14 March 2018

Action from the Withy Under-12s meeting with Bridport at Bicton.

Action from the Withy Under-12s meeting with Bridport at Bicton.

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Withycombe Under-12s were emphatic winners when they hosted Bridport at Bicton in a Mother’s Day encounter.

Action from the Withy Under-12s meeting with Bridport at Bicton.Action from the Withy Under-12s meeting with Bridport at Bicton.

Traditionally, meetings between these two teams are close encounters, but, on this occasion, Withy proved too hot to handle and served up a real treat for their watching mums and the bulk of a large support at the game.

Withy began with a high tempo to their game and, in particular, showed a real determination at the breakdown, something that has been seen too few times so far this season!

The fast paced start to the game set the tone for the home side and Bridport clearly struggled to contain the power of the Withy ruck and maul.

Throughout the game, this led to numerous turnovers in possession, whilst Withy did not lose a single one of their own rucks. Tries were scored at regular intervals during the three periods the match was played across.

Action from the Withy Under-12s meeting with Bridport at Bicton.Action from the Withy Under-12s meeting with Bridport at Bicton.

The try scoring was spread across the team, testament to the way that Withy moved the ball around all game.

The forwards got their due rewards as they were quicker to react to loose balls at breakdowns and, on several occasions, this was rewarded by quick pick-ups and drives over the line.

The biggest delight for all watching, especially the coaches, came from the vastly improved passing and handling.

This is a feature of the game that the coaching staff have been working on in recent training sessions.

Crisp passing and a willingness to off-load and look for a pass saw the Withy youngsters, time and again, find themselves with the ball and plenty of space in front of them to run into.

Typical of the impressive way the ball was moved by Withy came in one superb phase of play when the ball crossed the full width of the pitch in just six passes and, but for a forward pass, would surely have ended with one of the team’s ‘try of the season’ contenders!

Bridport never gave up and were rewarded for their efforts with three tries of their own during the third period.

One of the visiting tries was scored by Withy player Cody Bate, who guested for the Dorset side.

Special mention must be made of the six Withy youngsters that turned out to help boost the opposition.

It is never easy to ‘swap’ sides and play against your regular teammates, but all six of the Withy lads did themselves and their club proud.

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