Withycombe Under-7s bag nap hand success over Pontypool.
PUBLISHED: 19:34 24 April 2013 | UPDATED: 19:34 24 April 2013
Withycombe Under-7s played host to touring side Pontypool who were considerable larger in size and numbers.
Two games were to be played simultaneously so all could get good game time ahead of the Devon festival.
All of the Withycombe players proved to be at their best, with Ben Jeffery showing the benefits of strong direct running.
This, along with a very well marshalled defence with Kieran Long and Max Rowley at it’s heart, proved to much for Pontypool on many occasions as they were run into touch again and again.
The fleet-footed Jack Macdonald-Brown appeared all over the field to finish off moves which saw the passing crisp and accurate to cut holes in the visitors defence.
Pontypool though continued to run hard and never let the result become a formality. However, Withy were not to be denied and ultimately triumphed 7-5.
Withycombe’s other side were equally as impressive in all aspects of their play. Thomas Lawrence lead and marshalled the side superbly, and with the speed of Abigail Cotter and Otto Montgomery-Ames tries were flowing across the Pontypool line in a tide of black and green.
Charlie Tucker and Harry Dobrijevic also continued their development as the result was never in serious doubt as the Withies ran out 8-4 victors.
Two more games were played on the regulation pitches before playing on the double size Welsh pitch and both of these games again produced two wins for the Withies.
Once the final game moved to the larger pitch and Welsh rules it was a different story in the first period, as Pontypool used the larger open spaces to greater effect. However, this Withycombe side are quick learners and soon the tide began to turn.
The passes were longer and faster to make use of the space, and this lead to the try of the morning from Tyler Gover as the Withies began to get the upper hand.
The game was closed out with a 11-10 triumph to Withycombe to make it a clean sweep on the day with Withy winning all five matches.