Withy under-9s in another close Kingsbridge meeting
PUBLISHED: 13:19 20 January 2011
WITHYCOMBE under-9s played a pair of games against visiting Kingsbridge, writes Guy Bolwell.
Previous meetings between the sides have always been close and this latest brace of encounters were no different!
The visitors have a well drilled outfit that is small on numbers – they arrived with ten players – and so it was agreed to play one full match followed by a shorter game.
Withycombe introduced some new players and they slotted in quickly and confidently, playing a full part in both matches – in some of their cases it was a first experience of the game and so congratulations are due to Joss, Sam and Ryan for there full commitment and the way they coped with being thrown in at the deep end!
Both matches were played in an exceptional spirit. The first started well for the Withies as the team took a two try lead at the break.
The opening score followed some fine running from Tommy Sanderson the second coming after good sustained pressure that lead to Finlay Fraser scoring in the corner.
It was the solid Kingsbridge defence, after the break that was the platform for the visitors to mount a response. Withy continued to press, but found breaking down the back line very difficult and the visitors struck with a late try to leave the contest all square at 2-2.
The second match saw Withycombe rotating players regularly. It was another close encounter with the visitors scoring first, a lead that they carried through to half-time.
The home side struck back shortly after the re-start through Ieuan Tew who went over in the corner.
Both sides then went in search of a winning try and the game began very stretched with tired legs on both sides.
The visitors threatened a number of times but were often thwarted by some terrific tackling by Joe Blythe whilst, at the other end, much of the positive play from Withy came through Jake Yarwood.
However, it was Kingsbridge who managed to register that all-important third score of the game to seal a narrow 2-1 win.
Great credit must go to both teams for entertaining what was a very good crowd on the day.