Withycombe Under-9s edge out hosts Topsham across three close enocunters
Withycombe Under-9s won two and lost one of their three match meeting with hosts Topsham.
The reason for the three matches was down to the home side having such a large squad so game time was provided for all.
The first encounter saw Topsham open the scoring straight from kick-off! However, once Withy found their feet the tide began to turn, possession was turned over several times and tries from Tom Lawrence and Corey Mills, put Withy ahead. Very direct running from Brendan Moore and Charlie Tucker created plenty of space out wide and that was exploited by Otto Montgomery-Ames and Jack Mccdonald-Brown. Topsham were always in the game however, and but for Withycombes defence the 5-4 score line in favour of Withy may have been different!
The second game followed a similar pattern to the first, though a more physical approach from the home side resulted in Jamie Thompson, Lewis Tose and Kieran Long all on the receiving end of powerful tackles. The last of these on Long saw the Topsham player sent from the field! However, this only served to spur on the Topsham side, and they kept attacking in wave after wave. And despite the try scoring efforts of Tose and Ben Jeffery, it was not to be enough, as Topsham sealed a 6-5 success.
The third match saw the key element the superior fitness of the Withy youngsters. Tries seemed to be easier to come by with Kieran Long showing how to evade defenders running through the middle and Montgomery-Ames and Mccdonald-Brown doing the same out wide. The Withies defence was now also starting to dominate and keeping Topsham’s chances to a minimum as Withy won 9-4.