Newton Abbot progress to the semi finals of the Devon plate competition
Having not played Brixham for many seasons, the Newton Abbot boys were looking forward to playing them in the quarter final of the plate competition, despite being very short on available players. However Brixham had to concede the game as they could only muster 13 players for the fixture. Despite this, a friendly matched was played between the two with thirteen a side agreed upon, played over three 20minute periods.
Despite being short of eight players through injury and involvement with the Devon squad, Newton Abbot showed they had strength in depth with a fair few players playing out of position. Newton Abbot scored their first try in the 3rd minute, and from this period on it was clear that it would be a matter of how many the All Whites would score. Brixham, however, did contribute to a very good game, they defended with a lot of passion and showed a lot of heart. That said Newton Abbot finished the first period leading 24-0 with tries by Jack Butland, Alex Fogden, Matt Warren & George Skinner.
The second period started in similar vain, with Alfie Lang blazing a path down the wing to score. The second period was where Newton Abbot started to find more rhythm and opened up the Brixham defence more easily. This was reflected in the score with the All Whites notching up 39 more points during this period. Tries were also scored by Matt Warren, George Skinner (2), Tom Bottoms, Alex Fogden and Tommy Sheller-Paulson.
Newton Abbot at the start of the third period had the game wrapped up, but despite this, continued to work extremely hard as a team. With mostly forwards playing in the back line, the boys still showed excellent fitness levels to continue to pressure a tiring Brixham side. With Brixham losing another player due to issues with the heat, the All Whites removed one of their players to keep the numbers balanced on both sides. Newton Abbot scored tries by Alex Fogden (2), Tom Bottoms, Jack Butland & Alasdair Stroud. George Skinner had a particular inspiring game playing as outside center, the normal number 8 managed to get three tries!
Final score Newton Abbot 92 - Brixham 0