Withycombe land big win over Liskeard, but lose top spot to Saltash on points difference

PUBLISHED: 12:41 23 December 2014 | UPDATED: 12:41 23 December 2014

Action between Withycombe and Honiton at Raleigh Park on Saturday.  Ref exsp 3195-50-14. Picture: Simon Horn.

Action between Withycombe and Honiton at Raleigh Park on Saturday. Ref exsp 3195-50-14. Picture: Simon Horn.

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Withycombe cruised to a 73-6 victory over struggling Liskeard, but were denied top spot at Christmas after rivals Saltash hammered Exeter Saracens 127-12 to lead the table on goal difference from Withy.

Withycombe’s scrum did the bulk of the work with number-eight Mike Richards helping himself to four tries including three pushover efforts.

After the first pushover, John Parkin’s tap penalty led to a trademark jinking run before Dave Richards, still playing fly-half, did much the same ten minutes later. Terry Mears marked his comeback with some strong running and helped to set up the next try, offloading to Eugene Badenhorst who put Joe Parkin over for the first of his hat-trick.

Liskeard nabbed a couple of penalties in the first-half, but that proved to be the limit of their scoring in the match.

Glen Layton’s break restored order as Joe Parkin got his second, before Mike Richards took a quick dropout and finished what he started under the posts after another good run from Layton. Another pushover left the score at 47-6 at halftime.

In a sense 26 points was a poor return for a second half where Liskeard were reduced to 13 men, but Withycombe had their own troubles as injuries left them with 14 on the pitch, seven of which are front row players by trade!

The bulk of the scoring was done early on. First another pushover, and then two tries directly from kick-offs. Dave Sims finally caught a restart and Terry Mears injured himself scoring the ensuing try, before Dave Richards made a break from the next one and left Joe Parkin with 40-metres of grass between him and the tryline.

With half of their players belonging to the front row union, Withycombe struggled to score until the last minute when a booming kick from Glenn Channing on the 22 was gleefully collected and run in by Ben Clark moonlighting on the wing.

On Boxing Day Withy stage the traditional Presidents’ XV game before resuming league duties on January 3, with what looks a tricky trip to Bude.

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