Sidmouth XV win Good Friday fixture



A holiday crowd of about 150 turned out at the Blackmore Field on Good Friday and were treated to an entertaining game between two well-matched sides. The final scoreline did not reflect the contribution of the Ottery side, particularly in the second half, which was played mainly in the Sidmouth half.


Sidmouth were quickly into their stride and opened the scoring after three minutes with a slick handling move following a lineout inside the Ottery 22. Josh Reed raced over in the left corner. The try was unconverted.


A period of Ottery pressure went unrewarded before Neil Barratt drove over from a tap penalty move near the Ottery line. This was soon followed by the try of the match when Sidmouth turned over possession on their own 22. The ball passed through many hands, first to the right before a switch to the left where skipper Chris Otway put the finishing touch. Rob Willmington added the conversion.


Dom Hawke was next on the scoresheet when he finished off a counterattack from a loose clearance kick. Again Willmington converted.


Ottery finished the half strongly but could not break their duck and half time came with the score at 24-0.


Ottery continued to enjoy territorial advantage after the restart. The pressure was eventually rewarded when Will Siddle broke from a scrum inside the Sidmouth 22 to set up his right winger.


Sidmouth extended their lead when Jeremy Massey-Birch joined the line from full back and dummied his way through the stretched defence. Rob Willmington converted.


Much of the remainder of the game was played in the Sidmouth half and Ottery were rewarded with a late try. Again it was Will Siddle who set it up from the base of a scrum, with the finishing touch applied by Matthew Abbot. The conversion was followed by the final whistle.