Sidmouth at a disadvantage

North Petherton 25   Sidmouth 6
 
Sidmouth were at a considerable disadvantage in terms of size and strength and could not have won this game without disproving Newton's Second Law of Motion. North Petherton received the ball from the kick-off and by the simple expedient of passing, running straight and recycling the second phase quickly,set up an overlap for their right wing to score in the corner. That was less than two minutes into the game and a rout looked inevitable. Yet with fifteen minutes of play remaining North Petherton were only 13-6 ahead, due to the tenacity and tackling of the Sidmouth side. The home team became so frustated that they were reduced to thirteen men by two yellow cards. Dan Retter took the opportunity to convert two penalties for Sidmouth's only points.
 
In the final quarter of the game, with North Petherton returned to full strength and with Sidmouth picking up injuries, the home side added two tries and a conversion to go with their two tries and a penalty in the first half. As this young and spirited Sidmouth side gain in experience, they will continue to pose problems for the stronger teams in the league.
 
For Sidmouth left wing Dan Coulson had an outstanding game in defence and attack and was duly appointed Man of the Match.
 
Clive Dwerryhouse