Withycombe Under-8s see off Cully, celebrity mum and all!
PUBLISHED: 20:04 20 November 2013 | UPDATED: 20:04 20 November 2013
Withycombe Under-8s welcomed visitors Cullompton to Raleigh Park along with celebrity supporter mum Kirtsy Allsop, writes Mark Long.
However, an away win was a deal even she could not broker. Cullompton are a physically large size and this made the young Withies somewhat wary at the start of game one, and they duly fell three tries behind.
The Withy response was good, the passing improved and the cause was further boosted by some very direct running from Jack Macdonald-Brown.
Tyler Gover and Ben Jeffrey then showed how quick passing can open up a defence prior to Otto Montogmery-Ames crossing for the first Withy try.
With the visitors struggling to keep up for pace the Withies started to use the wide open spaces to good effect and any gaps that appeared were exploited by Max Rowley.
Thomas Lawrence, a regular source of try assists, aided in a smart finish by a smiling Jack McBryan.
As much as the visitors tried, they could not hold back the surge of green and black towards the visitors try line as Lewis Tose, Abigail Cotter, Abigail Cook and Ben Jeffery all added their names to the score sheet as Withy closed out a 13-5 triumph.
With the second game the weather took a turn for the worse, which inevitably lead to a few more handling errors. However, the tone for the day had been set and the Withy youngsters carried on where they had left off in game one.
Thomas Lawrence opened the scoring, benefitting from a quick off-load from Harry Dobrijevic.
Again all players demonstrated good hands, with Kieran ‘snake hips’ Long weaving past many a despairing tagger to both set up tries, and score a birthday try to a huge cheer.
The play of Jack Macdonald-Brown again impressed as he wrapped up the game and a Man of the Match performance with his fifth try of the day as Withy ran out 8-3 victors.
This was overall the best team performance so far this season and both coaches were very pleased with effort, handling, passing and very much improved communication.
This team continue to improve and show good mental strength when going behind early in games.