Withycombe get super shirt sponsorship from IC Skinner Tiling.

PUBLISHED: 09:46 03 November 2010

exsp rugby Withy action versus Honiton

exsp rugby Withy action versus Honiton

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Withycombe Under-15s celebrated a new pre and post match shirt sponsorship by claiming a single try victory over Torrington.

WITHYCOMBE Under-15s claimed a narrow victory when they entertained Torrington.

The game, played on a cold and damp Halloween morning, saw the hosts looking for their first win of the new season against an imposing, and clearly well drilled, opposition.

The early exchanges saw good pressure from the home forwards but, with the ball slippery owing to the conditions, many of the most inventive moves were ended by understandable, handling errors.

The game was being played very much in the middle third of the pitch but, as the rain ceased, the home side upped the tempo and good play in the backs from Brandon Perry, Rory Devlin and Jack Tullet resulted in Liam Dickinson making a powerful surge only to be held up just short of the line.

A combination of the backs industry and the boot of Perry, Withy were able to maintain an element of dominance and the pressure paid when a Withies scrum, five metres out, just before the break, saw number-eight, Sam Alexander, pick up from the base and drive over for his first try for Withies, but the difficult conversion was missed and so Withy took a 5-0 lead into half-time.

The visitors started the second half the stronger and looked to battle their way back into the contest, but good tackling from both the Withies wingers and full back kept them well clear of the home line.

As the rain returned the home side adopted a keep-ball game with the forwards and blind side flanker Ben Hocking keeping the visitors busy with some brilliant run’s and droving their side forward through the closing stages.

In the end it proved to be a deserving 5-0 success for Withycombe, who were able to register their first win of the season, and the Man of the Match award went to the impressive Ben Hocking.

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