Withycombe Under-9s enjoy special day at South Molton
PUBLISHED: 11:03 11 December 2014 | UPDATED: 11:03 11 December 2014
Withycombe Under-9s enjoyed a wonderful day out last Saturday as they travelled north to face South Molton in the morning before setting up a guard of honour for the Withy senior side to run through prior to the start of their Cornwall and Devon League meeting with the home club.
The host club had arranged a ‘Super Saturday’ for the youngsters with a pre-match training session taken by senior South Molton players prior to the two junior teams playing out an entertaining game.
On a remarkably dry pitch the young Withies played down the considerable slope in the first half. From the first whistle it was clear that the contest would be a clash of styles. Withycombe, preferring to move the ball with quick hands and being fleet of foot whilst the hosts looked to launch all their play down the middle with the near exclusive use of their biggest player!
The youngster was prove a thorn in the Withy side and late in the game the match official had to ask the home player to leave the field!
Corey Mills impressed in the Withy defence whilst, at any breakdown, Lewis Tose was to be found conducting operations and there was plenty of willing and direct running from the likes of Kieran Long, Ben Jeffery and Max Rowley. As the game ebbed and flowed good use was made of the width of the pitch as Jack Macdonald-Brown and Abigail Cotter were able to show their speed to good effect and half-time arrived with Withy 4-3 to the good.
After the break, playing up the slope, Withy produced a superb period of play. The work rate of Charlie Tucker and Brendan Moore was superb and this, combined with the quick-thinking of Jamie Thompson, Thomas Lawrence and, Man of the Match Tyler Gover, meant Withy were able to keep their lead throughout.
The atmosphere built as the end drew near, but Withy hung on to claim a richly deserved 8-7 victory. The youngsters then set up that guard of honour for the senior players who also duly beat the hosts to make it a superb days double for the Withy youngsters!