Crediton RFC 25 Winscombe 1sts 15
By Ted Sands
Crediton were clearly caught unawares of their visitors’ intention
Still in search of their first away win of the season the Winscombe 1st team travelled to Devon at the weekend to face a well attended Crediton who sit third in the league.
The visitors were quickly into their stride and came away with the ball from their own kick off. They charged into the home 22 and a quickly recycled ball found its way to centre Sam Dearsley who crashed over for the opening try within the first minute, he then went on to add the conversion.
Crediton were clearly caught unawares of their visitors’ intention to take the game to them and remained on the back foot for most of the first half. Despite this, a Winscombe missed tackle did allow Crediton’s centre, Jason Luff to skip through to score under the posts and for fly half Ollie Avery-Wright to bring the scores level with the conversion.
From the re-start Winscombe again gathered their own ball and swept into the home 22. A late tackle on half-back Jim Merryfield resulted in a yellow card for Crediton’s Josh Pearce and allowed Dearsley a successful shot at goal and for the lead.
As half-time approached Winscombe pressed for a score that would stretch their advantage. When Crediton infringed at a line-out on their 5 metre line scrum-half Dan Salway took a quick tap and fed flanker Stuart Warren who crashed through a last gasp tackle to score and take the visitors into the break 15-7 ahead.
As the second half began it was clear that Crediton were in no mood to see their impressive home record sullied. They immediately took the game to their visitors and after a series of drives moved into the Winscombe 22 and forced a penalty. Electing to kick for the corner the home team won the resulting line-out and drove towards their visitors try-line. Hooker Dan Yendell pealed off the side and scored the try which Avery-Wright was able to convert.
Crediton’s superior fitness paid dividends in the final quarter of the match as they patiently took control, firstly forcing two penalties within kicking range which Avery-Wright was able to slot to secure the lead and then stretching their visitors’ defence across the park allowing full-back Ollie Down to come into the line to score in the corner.
As the clock ticked down to the full-time whistle Winscombe tried valiantly to salvage at least a losing bonus point from the encounter but this was not to be. They spent the last 5 minutes of the match inside the home 22 and despite moving the ball from wing to wing were not able to break down Crediton’s defence and were to leave Devon empty handed