Bringing the best out of Sidmouths defence

Sidmouth 18 Ivybridge 18
 
Both sides contributed to a entertaining encounter on a very sodden pitch which was only deemed playable after a mid morning inspection.
The visitors had the best of the opening quarter, bringing the best out of Sidmouths defence, including a great steal at a ruck by lock Chris Otway. Scott Davies followed up a try saving tackle, returning a kick, from inside his 22 metre area before passing to Ben Salter, 5 metres before the half way line, who went on to score a super indivual try. Ben Ward's conversion rebounded of the post.
Despite conceding against the run of play Ivybridge continued to have the majority of possession. Mike Down playing his first game of the season intercepted on the line when a try looked certain, Roger Goulding then carried the ball up the blindside for 20 metres to give the home side a breather.
Ivybridge equalised 10 minutes before halftime with a well worked catch and drive following a 5 metre line out, then punished the Quins with another score which was well worked by the backs to lead at the break 5-10.
Sidmouth started the 2nd half with strong runs from Matt Farrington, Ben Halford and impressive colt, John Youngman.
Scott Davies and Ben Pratt combined to give Ben Dobson room to run in for a levelling score out wide. Jevon Astley-Jones playing scrum half  and George Lock both made important tackles.
James Powell received quick ball making good meterage, off loaded in the tackle to Ben Dobson who ran through 3 defenders for his second. Ward once again saw his conversion attempt rebound of the post.
Ivybridge then lost a player for 10 minutes after a high tackle on Sam Cummins.
Adam Howe on for his first appearance as a forward gave a fresh impetus, as both sides went for the winning score.
Mike Down left the field after a blow to the head. Ben Ward struck a penalty with minutes remaining  for what the home side believed would be the winning score. Not to be out done Ivybridge worked their way in to Sidmouths final third, through hard work and indiscipline from the home team, striking a penalty with the last kick of the match. For a fair result. 13-13

This week the Quins travel to Barnstaple for a rearranged league game.