U14 Devon Cup 1/4 Final

2000-12-11 22.45.21-1

Sidmouth 13 Barnstaple 12.

After weeks of cancellations due to waterlogging, Sidmouth U14s were able to host Barnstaple in the quarter final of the Devon Cup.

Huge anticipation had built around the clash and from the kick-off ‘Barni’ kept the ball away from Sid with some timely off-loads. Pressure built ,however, and the home team soon gained a penalty which the talented Joe Elsworth duly slotted for a 3-0 lead. Shortly afterwards the reds missed their own kickable penalty and whilst slipping off the hook Sidmouth shifted the ball wide to their danger man Josh Golding who ran in a glorious try from fully two thirds of the pitch and Sid lead 8-0. Any forwards who can bend the rules and exploit an unsighted ref are an unwritten asset and so it was that the Barni flanker acquired the ball contentiously at a ruck near the Sidmouth line and romped over for a converted try to make the score 8-7 at half time.

Tony Wilson had showed his attacking prowess in the first half on the wing and the front row of Finlay Jonson, Jack Jenkins and Jack Marchant had dealt staunchly with Barni’s big shove. Matti Laurenti had linked well and when Golding and Marchant came off due to injury big Louis Maynard stepped onto the wing and Andrew Donovan slipped smoothly into Hooker.

With the wind at their back in the second half Barnstaple camped in Sidmouth 22 and turned the screws. Sean Harvey, back from a long term injury made a try saving tap tackle and Man of the Match Oli Jones upped his work rate in the 2nd row to deliver hammer blows to Barni’s big pack. Louis Stamp made a couple of great carries and Owen Tidball again tackled hard in the centres. Sidmouth’s sole venture into opposition territory saw them move the ball effortlessly from far right to far left where a ruck ensued. Quick ball away then gave the threes time to play simple rugby and with the ball in winger Wilson’s hands he dotted down for an unconverted try 13 – 8.

In the last 10 minutes Barni scored an unconverted try themselves to go 13-12. With Sidmouth deploying some unorthodox kicking from Props and 2nd rows the last minute of the game was played nervously on Sidmouth’s try line. With seconds to go the big red No.8 picked up from the base of the scrum and charged for glory ! However, as he ran over the line big Joe Elsworth smothered him, picked him up and escorted him to a far less dangerous  piece of turf a full 3 metres out.

Queue final whistle and emotional green uproar !

Sidmouth must be doing something right as the U13s, U14s and U15s are now all through to the semi-finals of the Devon Cup.

The U14s play theirs  this coming Sunday at Sidford against Cullompton kick off at 11am. Please come and support.