SIDMOUTH 24 points KINGSBRIDGE 10
Kingsbridge remain fourth in their division even though they suffered a second consecutive defeat at the hands of Sidmouth who were deserved winners. The home side out played Kingsbridge, who managed to play well in parts, but had a terrible day with their lineout. They managed to win only a minimal amount of ball and were constantly being pushed back into their own half from lost ball, twice being punished with points for the home side.
Kings playing down the slope started well, and had some fine moments in attack. Their pressure told and although Leman missed his first penalty attempt, he soon put it right with a fine kick to put Kings into an early lead. It took almost 20 minutes for Sidmouth to get into the Kings half but as soon as they did they equalled with a penalty. Kings squandered another chance with a missed penalty. They were made to pay as another lineout was missed and the home side countered and scored their first try. Sidmouth kept the pressure up and from a series of mauls they worked the ball back to their fly half who dropped a goal, to leave them leading 11-3 at half time.
The second half was very much the same as the first as Sidmouth kept capitalising on the Kings mistakes. They were soon further ahead with a couple of penalties. Kings continued to lose their own ball and were made to pay again as the home side drilled the stolen ball into Kings 22. From the lineout, Sidmouth drove and after being held up, they scored from the ensuing scrum, taking them to a 24-3 lead,leaving the visitors little time to reply. But to Kings credit
Back they came, finally a well taken lineout by Woodland saw the pack take the ball on, and after a couple of good drives they were awarded a penalty as Sidmouth tried to take the maul down. A quick tap and go from Evans saw him break clear and Woodland was on hand to take the pass and burst through for a well worked try. Leman adding the extra points leaving the final score 24-10.
Kingsbridge A XV welcomed Sidmouth II’s to High House in the Devon Merit Table where they fell behind to two converted tries during the opening 20 minutes before scoring a try on the half hour through winger Christopher Stacey to reduce the deficit to 5-14 at the interval.
Regrettably a suspected neck injury to home flanker Josh Springer saw the game abandoned at half time with the player unable to be moved from the pitch until an ambulance arrived. Thankfully the injury was not as serious as first thought and the player was released from hospital later on Saturday evening. Everyone wishes Josh a speedy recovery.
It is likely that this game will have to be rescheduled for early in the New Year.
The Christmas season sees all of the Kingsbridge teams without matches on Saturday but the normal Bank Holiday fixtures take place on Boxing Day. In the morning the A XV play hosts to the Greyhounds at 11.00 am whilst Kingsbridge 1st XV welcome Salcombe to High House for the afternoon match with kick off at 2.30 pm.