Withycombe win well in Easter Saturday game at OPM.
PUBLISHED: 16:25 02 April 2013 | UPDATED: 16:25 02 April 2013
OPM 36, Withycombe 44
Withycombe travelled to Old Plymothians and Mannameadians on Saturday with both sides facing severe disruptions to their selection process following the hasty rearrangement of the fixture, writes Mike Richards.
OPM opened the scoring with a breakaway try, Withycombe responding first with a Paddy Shaw penalty and then Mike Symons breaking down the blindside before feeding Rob Hayes who darted over to make it 8-7 in Withies’ favour.
OPMs hit back with another try before Symons again exploited the blindside, this time finishing the job himself to leave the score 13-12 at halftime.
The previous fixture between the sides was a tight affair, finishing 23-22 in Withies’ favour, but this one really opened up in the second half as both teams’ makeshift defences struggled. OPM opened the scoring to take the lead before Withycombe hit back with two tries, first from Adam Morris up the left wing, then a chip from Mike Symons was collected by Rob Hayes.
The game was still nip and tuck until a Ben Mardle chip bounced favourably, allowing Adam Morris to score under the posts, Lee Tanton converting to make it 30-17 in Withycombe’s favour. Although OPM closed the gap with another converted try, Rob Hayes replied with the try of the match.
After finally scoring is first ever try for Withycombe two weeks ago at a sodden Raleigh Park, Hayes showed what his feet could do with some decent conditions as he ran riot, receiving a clever reverse pass from Matt Brambles before flummoxing four OPM defenders to score.
He then added another minutes later, Lee Tanton converting both to make it 44-24. OPM secured themselves a bonus point and a more respectable score line with two late tries, but Withycombe will be glad to come away with five points and looking to build on this performance for the visit of Wessex this coming Saturday.
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