Withycombe Under-11s endure mixed fortunes in meetings with Topsham

PUBLISHED: 12:20 06 November 2014 | UPDATED: 12:21 06 November 2014

Withycombe Under-11s had mixed fortunes in two meetings with Topsham.

The brace of games did not disappoint a large crowd that turned out to take in the Raleigh Park action.

The first game saw Withy having to defend for long periods as Topsham launched wave after wave of attacks. However, the home defence was in great form, consistently stifling attempts the bigger Topsham forwards threw their way.

The rucking was a lot better, with Man of the Match Ollie Hempstead at the front of every more, forcing the opposition on the back foot. Clever tactical kicking from Paddy McGuinness worked well, and it was from one such kick which resulted in the only try of the game. From the resulting ruck, the wall was shipped out to Henry Bragg, and his pace saw to the rest as he outstripped the opposition defenders to score in the corner.

It needed a couple of try saving tackles, first from Alfie Gillard, and then from Erin Assleman, for Withy to emerge with a 5-0 victory.

The second game saw two different teams take to the pitch and it was the Topsham team that had a little too much for the Withy side, winning 35-0.

That score line does not reflect the play and possession that Withy enjoyed. It was more a case of wrong decision making and the odd individual, error that undid the Withy effort.

Jacob Holt played well, and the tackling of Harry Bennett and Jack Wood was always prominent. Overall, it was a great game to watch, and credit must go to this young Topsham side who play well as a unit. Withies are getting there, and have the making of becoming a good side.

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