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Rugby latest – News from Sidmouth, Honiton and Topsham

 Rugby latest – News from Sidmouth, Honiton and Topsham

SIDMOUTH return to South West One action on Saturday after a week off with a home game against Thornbury.

The Green Machine had a bye last Saturday as they were due to face Stroud, who pulled out of South West One shortly before the league season got under way in September.

Sidmouth’s last outing was a 38-14 home defeat by divisional leaders St Austell seven days earlier.

Player-coach Phil Dollman and skipper Josh Bess both missed the game against St Austell due to injury and are unlikely to be fit to face the Thorns.

HONITON’S losing streak in Western Counties West is now eight games long after a 59-29 defeat at Falmouth.

The Eagles scored nine tries in total with Dan Hubble helping himself to a try hat-trick.

Honiton battled back in the second half and finished with five tries on their way to a bonus point.

The Honiton try scorers were Jonny House, Robert Price, Ben Kidson (2) and Ben Steel.

Jeremy Rice, the playing co-ordinator at Honiton, said a change of tactics paid off in the second half.

“When you have no one over six feet tall in the pack there is little to be gained punting penalties into touch and expecting to win the ball back at the next line-out,” said Rice.

“Once we worked out we could not win the line-outs we tapped and went when we won penalties and scored five good tries.

“For several of our young lads it was their first full game. Just a shame we had such a really bad start.”

Honiton are at home to Wiveliscombe on Saturday afternoon.

TOPSHAM look in good nick ahead of their top-of-the-table clash with Torquay Athletic after a convincing derby win over Withycombe.

While Torquay were making hard work of beating Tavistock 19-7, Cornwall & Devon leaders Topsham shut-out Withies to claim a bonus point from a 24-0 win.

Topsham scored two tries in the first half and added two more after the interval.

Centre Henry Batty banked two tries and there were single scores for full-back Luke Edwardson and No.8 Alex Taylor. Fly-half James Mattin kicked two conversions.

Ross Bovingdon, the DoR at Topsham, said it was not a pretty performance, but he did not care!

“I was just pleased with a bonus-point win,” said Bovingdon.

“It was a was a scrappy game and credit to Withycombe for they way they disrupted our play.”

Bovingdon picked out Mattin and former Torquay scrum-half Kye Munslow as his stand-out players.

Sam Williams, the Withycombe coach, claimed the game was closer than it looked in black and white.

“It was a tough game today probably not as one-sided as the scoreline suggests,” said Bovingdon.

“Our defence was good throughout and we shut down a lot of Topsham’s attacking threat.

“Topsham’s two tries in the first half came a bit against the run of play and we didn’t capitalise on some chances of our own.

“We felt the referee unfortunately stopped the flow of the game, although we did need to be a bit sharper.

Topsham proved they are a good side, but I’m proud of the performance and it’s a good indicator that we are on the right track.”

Withycombe are away at Newquay this Saturday.

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