Topsham 26 Sidmouth 2nds 27

Sidmouth came out on top of a good old Ding Dong of a match against a Topsham club side. With the usual lack of communication The Quins only had 14 players to start the match, until Andy from the home team volunteered to pull on the green shirt to even the numbers up.

Topsham started at a fast pace, putting Sidmouth under pressure,10 minutes in, eventually scoring under the posts, the conversion good for a 7 point lead. Chris Pike, who is becoming a influential player for the Quins , made ground, before being caught in possession, conceding a scrum which Sidmouth stole against the head, Martin Keywood playing at 8, made in-roads to Topsham’s half forcing the home side to give away a penalty, Ben Pratt calmly slotted from 35 metres. Ben Norcombe tackled and turned his man over, forcing a scrum for sidmouth on the halfway line. Keywood relishing his role at 8 broke and brushed aside several would be tacklers before being hauled down before the 5 metre line, quick recycled ball was spun wide for Ben Norcombe to score his first try for the club, great rewards for someone who has hardly missed a training session.

Topsham were still attacking with flair and were unlucky with a couple of spilt and forward passes to deny them from regaining the lead. Ryan Davies hacked on a loose ball which was only just gathered by the home full back before the marauding Sidmouth players could get there to bring a end to a very entertaining first half. Topsham who brought on some replacements, started the second half scoring after 2 mins, Sidmouth penalised at a ruck, quick tap ball caught Sidmouth unawares for a converted try just left of the uprights.

The Quins front row , Captain Mike Down, Rob Mew, and Ben Halford were giving the home side a torrid time. Lewis Tollerfield soldiered on with a bruised shoulder moving to the back row with Dan Prettyjohn in the row. Following another scrum against the head Ben Pratt made a decisive break in the middle of the park, veteran Andy Matchett was in support, drew the covering defence, releasing James Powell to finish one of the best tries the quins have scored this season, Pratt was again on target for the extra 2 points for a slender 15–14 winning margin. Powell increased the lead with another try, Pratt adding the extras. Topsham scored a converted try, to peg the Quins back after another conceded penalty with 15 mins remaining. With 5 to go Topsham made the most of a dropped ball on Sidmouths 5 metre line to crash over for what they fought was a winning try and conversion.

However the determined Quins never gave up, Keywood carried the ball into the visitors 22, several forwards tried to bash over the line, dogged defence kept them at bay, Fly-Half Josh Reed , used all of his guile to sneak over out wide to the delight of his fellow players, perhaps a bit drained from the effort, his conversion drifted wide. With one more play to go Sidmouth secured the restart, kicking the ball into touch, to hear the final whistle securing a well ear’s victory, 27- 26. Scrum Half, Johnny Hamil played a blinder of a game, with great distribution, and intelligent kicking, always encouraging his team-mates, has a great future at 9.

The Quins travel to Okehampton this sat for a merit table game, will have to show as much if not more spirit if they want to get any thing out of the match.