Sidmouth Vs Withycombe U14s

 Sidmouth 38 Withycombe 12

Since the early dawning’s of mankind Withycombe have beaten this Sidmouth U14 team ! With the Sidford rugby arena overflowing with youngsters training and playing and supportive parents clutching warm mugs of tea the game kicked off in perfect Winter conditions. Ably skippered on the day by Kyle Parry who used to play for Withycombe, Sidmouth quickly went 2 trys up through lightening man Josh Golding and Joe ‘The Beast’ Elsworth but fell into the age old trap of expecting an easy walk over. Withycombe were having none of it and hit back hard with a dominant forward try and a well-executed cross field kick-catch-and-score to shift the momentum back in their favour. With the tide turned Sidmouth dug deep and to their credit clawed themselves back into the game going into the break 14-12 up. Credit must go to Oli Jones, Sam Bond and Alex Peacock for steadying the ship in difficult conditions. Again seven subs were rotated on and the second half started with some element of control.

Hard man Tony Wilson, Louis Maynard Charlie Corr and Mattie Laurenti continue to develop their understanding of forward play. Additionally the 3s always looked dangerous, however, some stuttering handling often saw their attacks falter. The hard charging Owen Tidball always made ground and more importantly never turned the ball over through a mixture of power, determination and staying on his feet. It was no fluke that Owie’s other quality ‘pace’ took him over for 2 well deserved tries. Another new recruit, Sebastian Stewart, who has been simmering in the background finally exploded onto the scene with a great romp over the try line to take Sidmouth further ahead. Archie Rowe continues to play with more maturity and chose the blind side option on several occasions to reap havoc in Withycombe’s defence. But for an awesome tap tackle from Withycombe’s best player No.6 Jason Farrant, Josh Golding would have been in for another.

There is much debate in Sidmouth rugby Club surrounding the question “ How fast is Josh Golding ? Fortunately Taff, his father, can now confirm the rumour that in his bedroom at night Josh Golding can actually turn the switch off and be in bed before the light goes out !! And so it was fitting that to end the game Josh tore up the blind side, handed off one, swerved inside another, stood the full back up and majestically rounded him to score a superb solo effort under the posts.

Well done to ‘Withy’ who hopefully won’t begrudge us this first win and all who played in a highly entertaining game.