Withycombe Under-9s serve up pre-Christmas cracker to defeat Newton Abbot
PUBLISHED: 11:52 18 December 2014 | UPDATED: 11:53 18 December 2014
Withycombe Under-9s were put on a pre-Christmas 'cracker' of a show to win 12-8 against visiting Newton Abbot.
Two evenly matched squads took to the field on a cold and slightly damp morning to play four fifteen minute quarters of what would be pulsating rugby.
Good straight running got the Withies off to a good start, as Max Rowley and Charlie Tucker took the game to the visitor’s. Newton Abbot were also equally adept in defence and attack and took the lead with a well-worked team try.
The home response was good and, through the work of Jack McBryan, Lewis Tose and Corey Mills, the tide began to turn. Fast hands from Kieran Long and Thomas Lawrence lead to room on the wings for the speedsters of Jack Macdonald-Brown and Otto Montgomery-Ames to exploit to good effect.
As the game wore on the Withy youngsters began to take control, Newton Abbot kept coming and were never too far behind to not be a danger. However, in the third quarter the visitors were almost tackled to a standstill by the impressive Ben Jeffery and ever-improving Tyler Gover. This took its toll and any gaps in the defence of Newton were being breached by Jamie Thompson. Both sides were spoken to by the visiting referee about hand offs, and it was the Withy youngsters who showed greater discipline as they were not punished for this offence again for the rest of the game.
Turnover ball kept coming the Withy way as a result of Newton falling foul of the hand offs. Brendan Moore took full advantage to run at defenders with a new found confidence.
The Withies stuck to their task and continually tried to play an expansive game by moving the ball wide, and when this was not an option the ever willing Long, Thompson and Lawrence taking the ball into contact to try and make the space. Even Santa on the sidelines was impressed by the rugby on display. At the final whistle the Withies were able to celebrate a much deserved 12-8 success, much to the pleasure of the large contingent of supporters. The Withies bring the curtain down on their 2014 action with a visit to Exeter Youth RFC on Sunday (December 21).