Sidmouth Quins win well at Topsham

Sidmouth chiefs at home to Barnstaple in the Devon senior cup. Photo by Terry Ife ref shsp 9549-12-1

Sidmouth chiefs at home to Barnstaple in the Devon senior cup. Photo by Terry Ife ref shsp 9549-12-13TI To order your copy of this photo go to and click on myphotos24 - Credit: Archant

Topsham XV 5, Sidmouth 2nds 16 Sidmouth won a hard-fought game against Topsham, in a contest that saw a full compliment of varying weather, hail, rain and a bit of sunshine.

The Quins managed to muster 14 players, of which three were colts and the home side, fielding a team made up from throughout their club, leant a player to make up the numbers.

Ben Pratt kicked Sidmouth in front with a well taken penalty after Topsham infringed in the ruck.

The home side replied with a forwards try in the top corner.

Ben Salter spun away from his tackler just before the 22, sprinting in under the posts to restore Sidmouth’s advantage, Pratt added the extras.

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With both sides trying to spin the ball wide in awful conditions there were numerous errors.

Ben Pratt again punished the home side with another well struck penalty and Sidmouth took a 13-5 lead into the break.

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The second half saw Sidmouth go down to 12 players for the final ten minutes after losing Dan Rugg, Ben Salter and Dan Colson to injury.

Both sets of players put a tremendous amount into the remainder of the match which saw just one more score, another penalty slotted by the reliable boot of stand-off Ben Pratt.

Dan Pollington who at last managed to get through a full game, the returning James Salter plus , Chris Otway, Josh Reed, Roger Goulding (captain), Johnny Youngman, , Dan Rugg, Dan Thomas, Cam Grainger, Ben Pratt, Ben Salter, Dan Colson, Jamie Balloch and Adam Squance all deserve credit for the effort what went in to claiming a very good win. On Saturday the Sidmouth 2nds visit Tiverton.

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