Withy U11 entertained a small but very talented Cullompton side last Sunday, in what was to prove an enthralling and highly entertaining game.
All was played at a furious pace with Corey Mills opening the scoring after several good phases. With the ball being passed around by both sides and the breakdowns being evenly and well fought, it was no surprise that tries were hard to come by. Cully were next to score to level things up.
Max Rowley, Jamie Rose and Ned Mills were putting in big shifts, whilst the returning Brendan Moore was showing improvement.
With the game ebbing and glowing it was the reliable old heads of Jamie Thompson, Lewis Tose and Ben Jeffery who took matters into their own hands. This coupled with the marauding presence of Bobby Pond saw Withy have a period of sustained pressure which saw, Mills again and, Pond score two quick tries to turn around at 3-1.
The second half was nothing if not tense, errors were starting to creep into both sets of players. Will Shaw-Smith was starting to show real potential in centres. Cullompton however are nothing if not tenacious, a score either side of another Pond try saw the deficit reduced to one.
The young withies again started to take a semblance of control through the speedsters of Jack McBryan and Jack Macdonald-Brown who were chasing down every Lewis Tose kick to great effect. Then came the game winning moment. With Cully camped on the own five meter, line an attempted clearance kick was charged down by man of the match Mills who gathered cleanly to dive over to score. Cully would score again at the death but the damage was done. A great game and a real credit to both sides. Withies 5 Cullompton 4.