Sidmouth hit Ivybridge hard

PUBLISHED: 13:16 26 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:21 17 June 2010

A good all round performance with every team member playing their part gave a convincing win and the referee finishing 10 minutes early to prevent a real rout and save Ivybridge more embarrassment.

A good all round performance with every team member playing their part gave a convincing win and the referee finishing 10 minutes early to prevent a real rout and save Ivybridge more embarrassment.

Playing with the wind and the threat of heavy rain, Sidmouth kicked off and forced a scrum straight away. Number eight James Salter picked up and made 20 metres before offloading but the ball was dropped just short of the line, preventing the touchdown. Within a couple of minutes centre John Kitchen made a break through the defence and passed to fly half Ben Damen and then to Sam Cummins to touch down, which was converted by Martin ford. From the restart the ball was taken straight back to the visitors half and continuous forward pressure from the front five of Ben Halford, Clancy Carpenter, Greg Howell, Tim Phipps and Bryn Thomas took the ball up to five metres when Phipps broke through to score. Again Ford added the two points, giving the home side a fourteen point lead. The pattern continued and in defending Ivybridge conceded a penalty on their own five metre line. Another controlled scrum against the bigger visiting pack set up quick ball that was passed along the line and Giles Dixon put Cummins in the corner for a try which was un converted. The Sidmouth lineout was also working well and, after stealing the opponents' throw, the back row of Neil Barrett, Keith Upham and Salter inter-passed and this set up Phipps for his second try.

From the restart Sidmouth wearing the maroon second strip to avoid a colour clash, spent the next five minutes in their own half for the first time in the match but did not trouble the back three of Matt Gingell, Cummins and Nick Foley. Aggressive defensive tackling prevented Ivybridge even looking like scoring. Just before half time a Damen searching run broke through the defence and a good line of running from Dixon added his name to the score sheet. Ford added the conversion to make the half time score 31-0.

With Liam O'Connor replacing Howell in the front row, it seemed in Sidmouth's minds the game was won and the second half started slowly. The first ten minutes were played in the centre of the pitch until the deadlock was broken with Dixon outpacing the defence and offloading to hooker Carpenter in an unaccustomed position to touch down. The dominant forwards stuck to the task and worked the phases to gain territory allowing clean possession for Australian Ben Damen to cap his good performance with a solo try and roll the score on to 41 points. In the mid point of the half Sidmouth's superior fitness was starting to show and a Salter turnover on half way gave space for Ford to break through and, after seeing the distance to the line, was grateful also to see Foley in support and he ran from the 10 metre line for the try.

Just as the Sid's were again making progress towards the visitors' line, the referee called a halt in proceeding to spare Ivybridge what was certainly looking to be a heavy defeat.

By Oliver Salter

Sidmouth Seconds rugby

Sidmouth 46, Ivybridge 0


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