Withycombe juniors return to action.

PUBLISHED: 09:12 18 February 2010 | UPDATED: 12:48 10 June 2010

WITHYCOMBE sent two junior age groups into action at a round-robin meeting at Kingsbridge.

WITHYCOMBE sent two junior age groups into action at a round-robin meeting at Kingsbridge.

In their first game, Withycombe U8s played a much larger who started the stringer and certainly seemed to out-muscle the Withy youngsters in the early stages. However, Withy found their feet and began to play a wider game on the large pitch with some good jinking runs by Ben Bolwell and Joe Blyth, supported by strong running from Oscar Moyle and Jake Yarwood. The game progressed well with the Withy gathering confidence and gelling well, scoring in the last seconds of the game to win by a score of 4 tries to 3. Try scorers: Ben Bolwell 2, Oscar Moyle 2

Next, the U8s played a well organised host team Kingsbridge, who where always going to give Withy a hard game from previous encounters. Both sides displayed strong running and useful linking to make ground into each other's half providing end to end action. What finally separated the two teams was the excellent tagging defence by the Withycombe who again ran out winners again in the dying seconds of the game with a score of 5 tries to 4. Try Scorers were Ben Bolwell (3), Oscar Moyle and Lucas Wright.

The Withy under-7s opened up against a well drilled Kingsbridge side who displayed far superior defensive tagging to close down Withycombe. A combination of poor defence and strong running from the hosts caused Withy to let in an early succession of soft tries in the first half. However, the boys soon rallied to stem the host team's tide of attack to come right back into the game with some good displays of individual running. A positive from the game was the improved linking and inter passing following being tagged which allowed Withy to punch holes before scoring. Withycombe fought back well and could have won if not for the early errors. The final score 6 tries to 5 to Kingsbridge. Try scorers for Withy were Will Cooper (3) and Thomas Humphry (2).

The second game against a strong Plymstock team again saw far superior opposition tagging in comparison to Withycombe. As a consequence Plymstock retained more useful ball in the 7 tag turn over rule with strong running leading to more tries. When in possession Withy, although closed down through continued good defence, managed to recycle the ball well only to come bravely short of the try line on a number of occasions. Plymstock won 6 tries to 2. The Withy try scorer was Thomas Humphry (2).

Well done to all the Withy Juniors who played with enthusiasm, with new players showing much promise.

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