Withycombe U11 crossed the county line last week and ventured into Dorset for their first ever meeting with Bridport, and a trip into the unknown.
This would prove to be a game of two distinct halves. The first started cagily with both sides probing but gaining little advantage. Some direct running from Max Rowley and deft hands from Lewis Tose and Ben Jeffery finally put the hosts under pressure and from the resulting ruck a quick pass saw Charlie Bagley over from 3 metres out to open the scoring. The next ten minutes was a battle of attrition with the tackling of Corey Mills, Jamie Thompson and Luka keeping the hosts at bay. The pressure being relieved time and again by the kicking of Tose and Jack McDonald-Brown. Bridport kept coming and were able to score next with a well work try to the corner to turn at half time 1-1.
The start of the second half saw the young Withies come out off the blocks flying, and quickly add to their tally when Kieran Long intercepted a pass 30 yards out and have enough pace to cross for the score. Straight from the resulting kick off a Jack McBryan show and go saw the Withies double their advantage. Now the youngsters in Green and Black really started to play with each and every player making telling contributions. Jamie Thompson was outstanding all over the field and added two tries, whilst Ned Mills and Cody Bate were proving a real menace at every break down.
With five minutes to go a tap penalty five meters out saw Timmy Brooke's barrel over for a well deserved try of his own. The game was seen out in the Bridport half with the hosts not able to cross the whitewash again. Overall a great first trip to Bridport with brilliant hosts and the game played in a fantastic spirit and atmosphere. Look forward to returning.
Bridport 5 Withycombe 35