Withycombe storm back top of the table with comfortable win at South Molton.

PUBLISHED: 11:03 11 December 2014 | UPDATED: 11:03 11 December 2014

Withycombe took on Hayle at Raleigh Park on Saturday. Ref exsp 1635-48-14SH Picture: Simon Horn

Withycombe took on Hayle at Raleigh Park on Saturday. Ref exsp 1635-48-14SH Picture: Simon Horn


Withycombe powered back to the top of the Cornwall and Devon League after an emphatic victory at South Molton.

Seven days after a disappointing exit from the Devon Cup Withy were clearly intent on a swift return to winnings ways and four first-tries ensured the bonus point was banked long before the team took their foot off the pedal in the second half!

An early scrum turnover gave Dave Richards the opportunity to show off his range of passing at flyhalf and a long looping pass sent Jack Pugslley racing away to open the scoring.

Six minutes later some persistent phase play ended with Dave Sims crashing over from short range.

A quick tap on 24 minutes gave Sam Conway space to open his legs and he outpaced the Molton defence to score the third try and, shortly after the hosts missed a 29th minute penalty, Richards made his case for ousting Glenn Channing from the number ten shirt on a permanent basis with a show-and-go try featuring some eye-catching hip action.

After the break the Withy play was not as dynamic and, after dominating the scrum and breakdown in the first half, penalties started going against Withycombe in both departments and errors crept in with a number of passes going to ground.

Simon Tozer came off the bench to bag a try before a 50th minute burst from Joe Parkin that took him 60-metres upfield prior to Pugsley crossing for his second try of the game.

There was a big cheer from the large travelling Withy support when Dan Carey crossed for his first try in Withycombe colours after a driving maul.

The plucky hosts got late reward for their hard work throughout with a late try.

Saturday sees Withy entertain Honiton and the week after the green and black army travel to Liskeard for a game that will bring the curtain down on the 2014 Withy action.

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