Withycombe score a whopping 87 points and still lose!
PUBLISHED: 11:02 01 May 2014 | UPDATED: 11:02 01 May 2014
Withycombe 87, Omgar 17
Withycombe welcomed refreshingly old-fashioned tourists Ongar for a run-out on Saturday afternoon, and succumbed to defeat despite dominating the game, writes Mike Richards.
By the time the game kicked off at 1pm, the visitors had made the club financially viable for another season, quenching their healthy appetite in the club bar.
Referee James Grant was on uncharacteristically good form allowing the game to flow and of course penalising the home side for any instances of kicking the ball. Despite their handicap, Ongar were more handicapped and Withycombe ran in try after try.
In a very impolite move, someone was keeping score and the board read 87-10 to the home side with five minutes remaining, so referee Grant did the decent thing and declared the next try to be the winning score.
In an astonishing turn of events, a loose pass on the Withycombe 22 was scooped up enthusiastically by the tourists and returned for the decisive five-pointer.
Any ill-will felt by the home side at the injustice was soon brushed aside as the teams convened in the bar afterward. All in all, as tourists go Ongar are right up there, Withycombe definitely owe them a visit and would happily recommend them to anyone!