Withycombe Under-9s show great spirit in tough game at Brixham
PUBLISHED: 11:25 27 November 2014 | UPDATED: 11:25 27 November 2014
Withycombe Under-9s gave a good account of themselves before going down narrowly to Brixham, writes Mark Long.
The squad was severely depleted through illness which was not ideal preparation for a meeting with a well drilled, large and home advantaged Brixham side!
With the pitch being heavy and on a slope you could ski down, this was always going to be a difficult game and the Withy cause was not helped by a lack of fresh legged substitutes!
A contest of four quarters of 15 minutes commenced and the home got the first score as cold hands made tackling difficult. However, Withy came back strongly with try ‘s of their own. Corey Mills was having a superb game as his passing continues to improve. Otto Montgomery-Ames and Jack Macdonald-Brown were using speed to run around the defence, the former benefitting on one occasion from one outrageous dummy to have a clear run to the line.
Sadly, at no point did the young Withies have their noses in front, and they found themselves continuously be pulled up by the officials. This led to skipper for the day Kieran Long, incredibly politely, asking the referee to explain his decisions!
To much amusement this seemed to really catch the official off guard. However, it changed nothing!
As the game entered the third quarter the lack of numbers was starting to take its toll, as the Withies started their second stint going up the slope it became apparent there were some very tired legs.
Brixham continued to relentlessly attack and were moving the ball around very well. Max Rowley and Thomas Lawrence were proving strong in defence, whilst Ben Jeffery and Tyler Gover were ploughing furrows down the middle. With the game coming to a close came the move of the match. The ever-influential Lewis Tose, who had been on the end of some rough treatment, sent a perfect pass to Kieran Long who burst through the defence. And with a two on one, laid on a deft pass for Macdonald-Brown to score unchallenged to great applause.
The final whistle blew to bring down the curtain on a very entertaining and well played game between two very evenly matched sides. Despite the loss, 22-16, these young Withies can be rightly proud of their efforts. Certainly the coaches were very pleased with one and all.