Withycombe lose at Crediton as Hayes again stars
PUBLISHED: 19:41 24 April 2013 | UPDATED: 19:41 24 April 2013
Crediton 46, Withycombe 34
Withycombe’s yo-yo season came to an end at Crediton with a bonus point loss in a game both teams will be hoping provides a sneak peek of next season.
Crediton struck first with a breakaway try after Withycombe had missed an early opportunity at a penalty.
Within minutes Mike Richards’ deft footwork undid the home defence to dot the ball under the posts from 20 metres out.
A Jack Pugsley conversion put Withy in front before Crediton regained the lead after which the sides traded penalties and Crediton trooped off at the break 22-10 to the good.
The sin binning of Nott for stamping on his opposite number’s head gave the visitors plenty of impetus after the break.
The Withy backs put together prior to Danny Sansom diving over to make it 22-15, but injuries to Mike Richards and James Perkins meant that Withycombe’s reserves were running low.
Crediton’s ex-Plymouth Albion fly-half Mark Lee, a menace throughout, came into his own later on, scoring a try, then converting one scored from a driven lineout and setting up a breakaway try to leave the visitors reeling 39-22 behind.
Withycombe refused to concede and a withering hit from Andrei Toma forced a turnover which allowed Ben Mardle to race 50 metres to score.
Sansom then beat half the home defence before offloading to Matt Brambles who had found himself on the wing and his pass enabled Ben Tuckett to score in his last league game for Withy before his move to Norfolk.
Lee broke again to score for Crediton to dash any remaining Withycombe hopes, but the green and blacks were to have the last word as some sevens-style offloading and a cross-field kick landed the ball in the hands of Rob Hayes, who took off in a zig-zag motion and raced over.
The Withycombe supporters will be no doubt drooling at the prospect of a full season with Hayes following his impressive bit part role this year, and if this performance is anything to go by, there’s some very entertaining rugby in store.
The Oliver Marsden Memorial Match, in aid of CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) will be at Totnes RFC next Sunday to unofficially close the curtain on Withycombe’s year.