Topsham V Ivybridge
By Nigel Deasy
Graet game - result does not reflect how close it was.Tops 14 : Ivy 29
Well done Topsham RFC U16's - a fantastic spirit and attitude displayed today never doubting yourselves or giving up under strong pressure from Ivy.
At last the weather allowed us to celebrate what Topsham is all about, fast running rugby, using the full width of our pitch.
We had a full squad of 23 and thankyou to those who also turned up to support who did not play, emphasising the strength of team spirit our U16's have.
14 : 10 to us at half time, tries from Harry Emmett and Owen Tiddball converted by Will Oxland and Joe Cockram, brilliant first half boys.
The second half led to Knock on's giving scrum advantage to Ivy and penalties for a number of infringements and misdemeanors that gave Ivy territorial advantage, which despite the most valiant defensive tackles from our boys could not get us out of the danger area and so eventually led to us conceeding two late tries to Ivy.
However this U16 team deserve credit and accolade, time and again we had chances, Rob, Will, Owen, Charlie fell short of the line and our defensive work was the best ive seen all year, Archie, Mattie, Joe, Will , Jack, Jonny , Ollie and Cameron and all the forwards , your tackling was amazing.
Not to be, two late last tries sealed the game, however Topsham U16's can be proud of their performance and collective team spirit that is Topsham RFC.
We will be training on Wednesday at Topsham 1830 - 1930 for our 7's tournament, all boys have said they are available so only let me know if you are not.
After next week we will be training with the Colts team and we will be asking for some players to be able to play up for the colts final fixtures.
The end of season official dinner is Thursday May 3rd at Topsham and we will also be arranging another get togethar.
Well done to all players, coaches, parents and supporters for all your committment this season.