Sidmouth U18s Girls stay top after nail-biting victory

Sidmouth U18s Girls Rugby

Sidmouth U18s Girls Rugby - Credit: Sidmouth RFC

Sidmouth U18 Girls retained their position at the top of the Devon Cup table after securing a tense 3-0 victory over Crediton, avenging their defeat to the same opponent in the National Cup. 

Crediton looked to use the slippery conditions to their advantage with powerful forward play, while Sidmouth deployed their usual fast and furious approach. 

It was a display of incredible fitness and resilience, all exhibited with simply fantastic rugby being played by both sides, and probably the most intense battle that the Sidmouth Girls have controlled and countered with great skill and execution this season.  

Sidmouth applied the pressure and on a few occasions were in scoring distance of Crediton’s try line. One particularly valiant attempt was a blind side run and pass to Bella Breen on the wing to drive through a formidable Crediton defence and dive for the corner, missing out on a try by millimetres. That was an awesome effort and the first half ended 0-0.  

After the break, the Sidmouth side got their second opportunity to score with another fantastic team effort playing the phases, controlling the ball, and at speed a pass to Rosie Tidball at centre broke through the clutches of the Crediton defence for a blistering run for an almost certain try that unfortunately was disallowed as being dropped.  

Time was ticking down and, incredibly, still no score for either side. Sidmouth were awarded a penalty in the closing moments and Minty May brilliantly held her nerve to kick the winning score. 

The squad on the day was in the Forwards; Jessica Perry, Annabelle Bird, Amber Spence, Daisy Grove, Ellie Wood, Esme Bagwell, Ellie Monro-Higgs, Cleo Turley, Lottie Reed, and in the Backs; Araminta May, Lucy Tanner, Charlotte Starr, Rosie Tidball, Fiona Wilson, Bella Breen, Aimee Simpson, Abigail Alner, Tilly Gravelle.  

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The next match is the Nation Cup - South West Regional Semi-Final against Devonport Services at home Jan 30. Come along and support the Sidmouth U18 Girls. It is sure to be a great match to watch.  

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Sprinting for the line

Sprinting for the line - Credit: Sidmouth RFC

Sidmouth kicker doing her work

Sidmouth kicker doing her work - Credit: Sidmouth RFC

Sidmouth U18s battling with Crediton

Sidmouth U18s battling with Crediton - Credit: Sidmouth RFC