Brixham arrived at Withy with a spring in their step after a strong finish vs. a quality Ivybridge side last week, missing this week to injury were Ed Simpson and Harry Davies, both influential players however the improved numbers in the Brixham squad this season eased the gaps.
The first 10m saw Brixham struggling to gain much possession and although they defended well the lack of ball was showing and Withycombe took the lead when finally creating an overlap out wide to score in the corner, back and forth it went however again Brixham were denied the ball and when in possession a few unlucky moments failed to help the effort being put in.
Spending time in your own half defending is tiring however Brixham came to life towards the end of the half playing up the slope and into a wind. The hard work of the forwards gaining ground finally paid off when the backline created a chance for winger Matt Cripps who ran in from the 22 under pressure to score out wide, McKee was good for direction but just short on distance into the wind. Half Time and at 5-5 it was all to play for.
The second half and again Withycombe came at Brixham and with a smart box kick they took the lead 10-5, but back again came Brixham with a series of forward phases to bring them within 5m of the line, Scott Hedges used his size to stretch for the line out wide and bring Brixham level, McKee converted from out wide and Brixham had the lead for the first time 10-12. Withycombe came back strongly however with a try through the back line and then a penalty try to move into what seemed to be a comfortable lead 24-12.
Brixham however were not done and another strong phase of play with a massive pass from McKee to winger Cripps who ran in under the posts was eventually brought back as being forward. Brixham continued to press and after a long time camped in the opponents 22 they crossed when Will Passmore broke through the defence to score, McKee added the extras however the clock had ran down and Brixham were left to contemplate what could have been.
Well played to both teams and good luck to Withycombe in the next round of the cup, a competitive and quality game from both teams today.
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