Sidmouth Colts v Newton Abbot

Newton Abbot Edge Sidmouth Colts in Dying Seconds of Home Thriller

After being on the wrong side of the score board when travelling to Newton Abbott the previous Saturday, Sidmouth colts were determined to return the favour the following weekend on home soil. The game began in similar fashion to the week before, with the away team running in three converted trys in quick succession through some fast lines hit in the centres. However, leading up to the half time break Sidmouth shook themselves off and put themselves on the score board utilising some grinding work in the forwards, finished with some quick thinking by centre Harry Rumens crashing over the whitewash. Fly half Sam Cavin made no fault with the extra conversion points.


Sidmouth began the second half with a vengeance, demonstrated with relentless pressure by hooker Henry Thomas delivering some unforgiving tackles to a diminished Newton Abbott scrum half. After a solid ten minutes of well executed rugby with good leadership from captain Malachi Rayner-Philipson, the strong defence finally relented when the ball was passed wide to an overlap, allowing Aaron Bagwell to finish the job. Sidmouth often found themselves over the try line numerous times, with the ref denying a number of hard fought scores. However this eventually lead to a second try from Aaron Bagwell, darting between defenders, indisputably grounding the ball. Sam Cavin kept his cool and added the extras with a well placed conversion from the touch line, levelling the score board. From the restart in the dying minutes of the game an ambitious pass from Sidmouth found itself in Newton Abbott hands, who made no mistake, snatching the game just out of reach from Sidmouth once again, with a final score of 28-21 to Newton Abbott. Next week Sidmouth colts travel to Kingsbridge, hoping to round off an infuriating month with a good win in one of the few games left in the season.