Dawson scores four tries as Withy Under-16s net cup win at Crediton
PUBLISHED: 12:31 01 February 2018 | UPDATED: 12:31 01 February 2018
Withycome Under-16s turned round a half-time deficit to end up as 36-12 winners when they travelled to meet Crediton in their latest Fisherman’s Cup match.
The first half of the contest was evenly matched, but Withycombe applied pressure and spent plenty of time in the home half. The Crediton defence held well until the hard work paid off, with Harry Neath Rogers crossing for the opening try, one that was converted by Aaron Lee.
The home side hit back and also scored a converted try and then they scored again, but without the extras and Crediton led 12-7 at the break.
In the second half, Withycombe started with new purpose and Crediton had no answer for the change of intensity. Great teamwork and huge team effort produced five excellent tries.
An early second-half clearing kick from Crediton was collected by Withycombe inside their own half. Two quick passes to the right wing saw the ball reach Dawson and he showed the home side a clean set of heels with a turbo-charged sprint to the line. The try levelled the scores at 12-all and, just two minutes later, a turnover at a Crediton line out, began a phase of passing that involved the whole team pressing Crediton back until a gap opened for Dawson, this time on the left wing, to break the line and score his second try.
For the next 15 minutes both teams were locked into an even contest and charges forward were well defended on both sides.
From a Crediton line out, a huge kick into the Withy half was quickly chased down, Withy captain Luke Davis collected the ball, sidestepped the attacking player and ran the ball back to the half way line to start an attack that got Dawson away to extend the lead to 22-12.
The score was increased further to 29-12 as a quickly taken free-kick by Ben Bolwell created an attacking move that helped Dawson score his fourth of the game and Josh Saunders converted.
Crediton were under the cosh, but they were able to break out and carry the ball deep inside the Withycombe half.
From a Withy line out, the ball was passed to Farrent. Farrent seemed to be going for a clearing kick, but he saw a chance and as he dropped a shoulder, ran from inside his 22 leaving Crediton wrong-footed as he powered his way to the Crediton try line to score. A conversion by Harry Phillips put a polished seal on proceedings to secure Withy a terrific win.