Dixon delights with try hat-trick in Sidmouth 2nds’ Withy win

PUBLISHED: 10:45 15 December 2017 | UPDATED: 10:45 15 December 2017

Sidmouth 2nds away at Honiton. Ref shsp 48 17TI 3837. Picture: Terry Ife

Sidmouth 2nds away at Honiton. Ref shsp 48 17TI 3837. Picture: Terry Ife


Sidmouth 2nd XV were emphatic 80-5 winners when they made the short trip to Withycombe 2nds.

It was another commanding all-round performance from the Quins following on from recent successes at Honiton and at home to South Molton.

Sidmouth made a strong start, showing plenty of pace and guile in the backs, which meant they quickly had the hosts on the back foot.

Early pressure led to flanker Matt James crossing for the first of what would be a 14-try haul for the visitors.

Skipper Giles Dixon, leading from the front, scored a brace of unconverted tries in quick succession before fly half Will Dunford dummied his way through to touch down under the posts and he got up to convert his own try.

Early injuries caused disruption to both sides with Withycombe suffering in the backs and Sidmouth in the forwards, losing two. It certainly disrupted the Sidmouth cause as they only had backs on the bench. Withy, to their credit, continued to battle well, but the next Sidmouth try came when a long pass was cut out by winger Mark Oke and he showed a clean set of heels to dart over in the corner.

Centre Jake Watts rounded off the first half with another well-worked unconverted try and Sidmouth trooped off at the break with a 32-0 lead.

It was a former Sidmouth player – winger Ben West – who set up what proved to be the only score of the game for the hosts when he made a 50-metre run up field before off-loading for a colleague to score under the posts.

Sidmouth were soon back on the front foot and Dixon completed his hat-trick of tries before second tries were scored by Jake Watts, Mark Oke and Arron Down.

Johnny Hamill got in on the act, joining the line from full-back, making the extra man to score wide out, but it was young legs that had the final say with hooker Luke Dix showing exceptional fitness to outpace the Withy defence to score a brace of similar tries late on – both with 40-metre sprints to the line.

Tom Robbins, after some kicking practice, got his eye in to convert the final four tries, one of the conversions being slotted from the touch line.

Other Sport Stories

Yesterday, 12:10

Tipton’s match with Yarcombe and Stockland had a strange start, writes Phil Wright.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:09

In just nineteen short seasons, the ‘Cases’ Somerset Rebels have come from being the newest club in British Speedway, competing in the then Conference League, to the brink of a shot at the league title in the top domestic tier of the sport, writes Dave Thompson.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:07

Sidmouth Raiders Under-15s powered their way to a 5-1 win over Stoke Hill when the side’s met to contest an Exeter and District Youth League meeting.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:07

Sidmouth Town became the first side to deny Bovey Tracey all three points in a South West Peninsula League Eastern Division match this season when the sides shared six goals in a midweek floodlit thriller at Manstone Lane.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:01

The Ottery St Mary outdoor season came to a close last Sunday (September 16), writes Michael Smith.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:30

Sidmouth Warriors Under-13s were 1-0 winners when they travelled to Dawlish for their latest Exeter and District Youth League match.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:32

Sidmouth never quite reproduced the sparkling form they have shown in their two games on the Blackmore, but they were still good enough to come away from St Austell with a 20-13 victory, writes Clive Dwerryhouse.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:31

The golfing season starts in customary style with the captains’ drive-in and outgoing captains’ putt-out, writes Hugh Dorliac.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:29

Sidmouth Town Reserves were undone 4-1 on their visit to Exeter to face Heavitree United Reserves in a Macron Division One game.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:28

Beer Reserves were beaten 4-2 when they travelled into Exeter to face University Fourths in a Macron League Division Three match.

Read more

Local Weather

Heavy Showers

Heavy Showers

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 9°C

Most Read Sport

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sidmouth Herald twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists

Find planning applications