Credit due

Kicking off in heavy conditions, Sidmouth put recent defeats behind them; starting brightly, moving the ball well and showing excellent supporting play throughout. Just reward followed as Tidball’s quick hands soon realised Hubble to open the score with Harris converting. Sidmouth continued to press high and dominate the breakdowns and in a forced error, Lowe (J) showed great awareness, catching the away team napping after a penalty with a quick tap and run try. Crediton looked shell shocked as a steadily improving Sidmouth in the form of DeGruchy exploited gaps in the defence for a determined and well deserved try which Harris converted. Sidmouth looked a different team from previous weeks as they maintained pressure on Crediton. Despite having large wingers to draw on Crediton were unable to make their presence felt. The ever persistent Hubble pressed home a second try which Lowe (J) narrowly missed. At the break Sidmouth led 24-0. Sidmouth started the second half in the same vein, forcing mistakes from Crediton one of which Mead seized from distance for an impressive try which Lowe converted. Williams and Woodruff departed with injuries as Crediton, gaining an influential player noticeably lifted their spirits and finally made use of their pacey winger, running in from inside their own half. A second try soon followed as Crediton sensed a come-back. The game hung in the balance as Sidmouth fought back, only to be hit in the dying minutes by a further long run in. Sidmouth held their lead to a deserved win 31-15.