Sidmouth RFC Under-15s girls converted defeat into victory with a last-gasp try in a 14-12 win over Crediton in the Devon Cup.
Crediton had the advantage of a significant slope in the first half and sustained pressure led to them scoring twice to lead 12-0 at the break.
In the second half it was Sidmouth’s turn to benefit from the slope.
However, for all the pressure that they were able to exert the home defence held firm and it was not until there were just six minutes left when Sidmouth set up a chance with an overlap that sent Lottie Reed clear.
She showed a clean set of heels to the Crediton last line of defence to cross the whitewash under the posts and Abi Alner converted the additional points.
Knowing that a second try, albeit a converted one, would take them through to the next round, Sidmouth were soon on the front foot.
Charlotte Starr, TT Maloney and Tilly Wain combined well to get within metres of the line, but some terrific tackling repelled them.
The clock ticked down and there were just 30 seconds remaining when, from a position deep in the heart of their territory, Crediton snatched the ball away and started to drive it away.
However, Sidmouth’s Lauren Provis grabbed ball carrier and ball and drove them back over the try line touching the ball down to score and level things up at 12-12.
All that remained was to see if Abi Alner could hold her nerve with the conversion and she did just that, sending the ball between the uprights to seal Sidmouth a sensational win.