Withycombe somehow lose a game that had seemed won!
PUBLISHED: 09:52 03 November 2010
WITHYCOMBE continued their dismal home record when they let a 16-5 lead slip in the last ten minutes of the game with Honiton, writes John Goldfinch.
The match began at frantic pace with errors from both sides and, from one, Paddy Shaw knocked over a penalty to put Withy in front.
Despite being camped in the visitors half for large periods, the home side could not turn their dominance into points and it was not until the half hour that they increased the lead when, from a maul scrum, Danny Parry darted through a small gap to score a converted score.
With the first half coming to a close, some pretty sloppy defending from Honiton quickly taken penalty, Ollie Rice scrambled over the Withycombe line for an unconverted score.
The second half should have belonged to the home side with slope in their favour.
However, Honiton had different ideas and the contest became one of end-to-end rugby.
An hour into the contest and Withy led 16-5, thanks to a brace of Shaw penalties, and now looked on course to record that elusive first home win of the season.
Honiton found a way back, though, helped by a strange decision to allow a quickly taken penalty to be played well away from the original offence mark and a length of the pitch try was scored and converted.
Five minutes to go and Withycombe just needed to get the ball in the away half, but Honiton were not to be foiled in their quest for a win and it came courtesy of penalty try and that was it.
Withycombe had blown it in the last ten minutes!
This was certainly a case of Withies snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, but, really, Honiton should never have been in the game.
If Withies had played to their potential and with a little more thoughtful decision Withycombe would have won this game easily, despite odd refereeing decisions.
It’s the rearranged Falmouth game next week and Withycombe must make the most of home advantage.
Kick off at Raleigh Park is at 2.30pm for a game that should make for good viewing.
The match is being sponsored by ACE South West.