Eli stars as Sidmouth Under-9s enjoy matches with Honiton

The Sidmouth Under-9s before their matches with Honiton at Sidford

The Sidmouth Under-9s before their matches with Honiton at Sidford - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth Under-9s entertained Honiton for their latest matches at Sidford.

Despite half-term and illness, numbers were still good and 20 turned up looking for action! Visiting Honiton arrived with 11 players and opted to field one team with rotating substitutes.

Sidmouth’s first team out took a little while to find their feet and Honiton took advantage, running in several unopposed tries. The home cause was not helped by injury to Lawrence Coles who left the field with a knock to his head to take no further part in the matches.

After a half time pep talk form the coaches the home team produced a much improved second half show. There was some excellent attack and defence from Noah Clifton and Ollie Marchant bolstered by superb run from Jack Bell that set up a try for Jack Ponting through from a cracking run up the line to score.

The final score saw the visitors edge the contest by the odd score in 17.

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Sidmouth’s second team out faced a fully warmed-up Honiton who powered in some early tries.

However, the home side hit back and scored some fine tries of their own through excellent work from Jerry Min, Henry Tanner and Isaac Wall, but Honiton emerged as the winners.

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The third match was a combined affair between the teams with lots of rolling subs.

It proved to be the closes contest of the morning. Aidan Corefield and Karan Bountra impressed and Alex Harvey made some wonderful tackles to deny the visitors tries.

Throughout the morning’s action it was Eli Moss who caught the eye of the coaches and was awarded the player of the week for his consistent effort, strong passing and dogged defence.

The Sidmouth Under-9s coaching team would like to express thanks Jim Swales and numerous mums for sorting out the catering!

This Sunday (October 30), the team host Exeter Youth at Sidford.

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