Withycombe bow out of the Devon Intermediate Cup at Teignmouth.
PUBLISHED: 09:46 04 December 2014 | UPDATED: 09:46 04 December 2014
Withycombe bowed out of the Devon Intermediate Cup, beaten 14-5 at Teignmouth.
For the third successive year Withy exited the county cup but they acquitted themselves well against a Teignmouth side that is enjoying an excellent season playing one level higher.
The contest, played in difficult conditions, proved to be terrific encounter with both teams eager to attack and ferocious in defence from first whistle to late.
Withycombe had the better of the first half with plenty of time in the Teignmouth half, but all they had to show for it was Tim Wills’ first-ever first team try after good work down the blindside from John Parkin and Sam Conway.
Some more positives to come from the game were Chris Gibbons returning to the first team fold following his sabbatical in Australia and an enterprising performance from Dave Richards who switched from his more familiar role of hooker to fly-half for the day.
In the second half Withycombe’s defence was tested to breaking point as they struggled to get out of their own half.
Teignmouth still found it difficult to break the plucky visitors down as time and again the rolling maul was stopped until Mike Richards fell foul of the referee and was sent to the sin bin on 57 minutes.
Teignmouth scored shortly before Withycombe returned to full strength, and, despite the best efforts, the attack simply wouldn’t click.
Teignmouth scored the decisive try with just two minutes remaining to send Withycombe home empty-handed, but the visitors can take heart from the league standings; should they achieve their aim of promotion this year, this performance suggests that they won’t struggle next year.
This weekend the first team visit whipping boys South Molton as the second XV resume their Merit Table duties as they welcome Brixham to Raleigh Park.
Withycombe: Sam Conway, Joe Parkin, Aaron Conway, Andrei Toma, Lee Tanton, Dave Richards,John Parkin, Dave Wellbeloved,Liam Cullen, Phil Sluman, Dave Sims, Tim Wills, Matt Bragg,Eugene Badenhorst, Mike Richards. Replacements: Max Cooke, Chris Gibbons, Richards Hodges, Glen Layton.